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Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I hope that you all had a joyous Canada Day! What a good day it was
for our usual first Friday of the month prayer fast in July. I hope
that it reminded you to pray especially for our nation as well as for
I am so sorry that I did not manage to send you the suggestions for
our July prayers sooner. Essentials sent their requests out in good
time, as those of you who get them direct will know. For those who
don't, they are appended as usual, after my suggestions for praying
I am also sorry that I have not yet been able to finish writing up my notes on the "Open Doors" Conference that would help those of you who weren't at it to pray some of the related prayers with greater understanding. I would much appreciate your prayers for my completion of that small project!
The primary thrusts of our prayers this month are:
So without more ado, here they are.
A. The "Open Doors" Conference
1. Dearest Father, we simply have to begin this month's prayers
with huge "thank-yous" for the tremendous way in which you answered
all our requests for the Essentials "Open Door" Conference in
Toronto last month: Thank you so very gratefully for your many
blessings on it, including the extraordinary provision you made so
that at the end of the Conference there was no financial deficit
2. And now, Father we ask again for your grace and blessing on the aftermath of the Conference. Please make its effects exactly what you want them to be. Let everyone who was there go forward into a period of tremendous growth in faithfulness, love, wisdom, and obedience. We ask especially:
3. Once again, Father, we also ask especially for truth, love, patience and unity among all those who are working to restore faithfulness to your Anglican Church here in Canada and the U.S.A. and anywhere else in the world where it is under attack and falling away from your Word into compromise with the world and accommodation to it. We ask too for clarity, courage and wisdom for all those you have given and will give us as leaders.
B. The Nottingham Meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council
4. Beloved Lord, we are so very sorry that our Anglican Church of Canada and ECUSA have not repented of their departure from your Word and from the apostolic teaching of the Christian Church. We ask your grace of repentance for us all, Father, and your forgiveness for our sin of stubborn disobedience.
5. We give you grateful thanks for all the International Anglican leaders who have befriended us at this time of crisis and who continue to labour for a consistent, faithful, Spirit-filled, biblical Anglican witness in every Province of the Anglican Communion worldwide. We ask your richest blessings on them and that you will keep us faithful in prayer for them as they are for us.
6. Please, Father, fill us with true repentance and "cleanse the thoughts of our hearts.” Bring us back to where you want us to be, walking in line with your perfect Word. Help us to triumph over this terrible attack of the enemy of our souls and bring us through it filled with such love for you and gratitude for all that you have done for us that we turn back in humility from our wicked folly to our biblically orthodox Anglican heritage and become once more the faithful, fruitful Church you have called us to be.
In the Name of our precious Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.
Have a joyful, refreshing and fruitful summer!
JULY ESSENTIALS EMAIL PRAYER ALERT
“The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results..”
Greetings in the Name of our Wonderful Lord, and welcome to our July Prayer Alert from Anglican Essentials Canada. Our goal is to inform you of events and issues within the Anglican Communion that really need your prayer support, and to provide teaching that we trust will enhance your prayers and be an encouragement to you.
May we encourage you to set aside the first Friday, July 1st, as a
day of prayer and fasting for the Church in these critical days,
ideally gathering with other believers in your parish or diocese for
“YE THAT DO TRULY AND EARNESTLY REPENT . .”
Two recent events have, once again, driven home to me the paramount importance of repentance being an integral part of the ministry of intercession. Sometimes that repentance is for our own sins, both of omission and of commission, and sometimes we offer repentance on behalf of those who have gone before us.
This principle was reinforced as I sat in the comfort of Roy Thompson Hall during the wonderful “Open Door” Essentials Conference held in mid June. There, on the stage, sat this august body of Anglican leaders, true servants of God who are keenly seeking to follow Jesus through the maze of these difficult times. More than once, this statement came forth clearly: “The issue of increasing liberalism and the abandonment of the centrality of scripture did not just begin with the blessing of same-sex unions in New Westminster.”
No, this downward spiral has been going on for decades. How did we
allow the church to get to this state? I began to gently weep as I
contemplated my own prayerlessness over the years and the negative
impact of secular society that I have allowed to creep into my own
life. Then, I found myself beginning to repent on behalf of primates,
bishops, priests and laity, some of whom were members of my own
family, who had not sufficiently raised the alarm nor taken a stand
The other defining event occurred this past weekend as I watched the
glowing media reports from the Gay Pride festivities occurring in
Toronto and elsewhere. Same-sex legislation in Ottawa and the
Hand-wringing and ranting against church leaders and politicians
accomplishes nothing. Intercession and profound repentance for our
sin and the sin of our fathers can change the spiritual climate in
There is no blamed-shifting in Daniel’s prayer, no self-righteousness, no look-what-THEY-have done attitude. It’s a severe but accurate appraisal of Israel’s history. He continues:-
No one is exempt from culpability here, neither the loftiest kings
and princes nor the lowliest peasants, nor, indeed, their forefathers
who proceeded them all. Those listed here, in most cases, are either unable or unwilling to repent. But Daniel continues by seeking God’s
The heart of the intercessor is always full of compassion toward
humanity. As Stephen prayed while the people of Jerusalem pelted him with rocks, so the intercessor cries out, “Lord, do not hold this sin
Even as we wait on God’s guidance for our next steps in this
pilgrimage, may we fill the heavens with cries for mercy for our
Church and our nation. May we be quick to take responsibility for our
“O my God, do not delay, because your (Church) and your people bear
your Name!” Amen.
Thank you for your faithful prayer, month by month. The “Open Door Conference” was an example of very specific answers to prayer. Perhaps you could look back to last month’s EMAIL PRAYER ALERT to remember all that we prayed concerning the Conference and the Anglican Consultative Council in Nottingham. Then do take time to give thanks for many, many very clear answers from the Lord. I believe we can see evidence of answered prayer on every item we prayed together about and more.
Even our finances, which were a concern, were looked after. As our
Treasurer, Claus Lenk reported on the Friday afternoon, June 17 of
the Conference, we were expecting a substantial deficit for the
Concerning the Anglican Consultative Council, we were able to report:
So how can we continue in prayer together, this July?
· Please pray that the clarity and encouragement that the
Lord seemed to bring from the Open Door Conference to all the
delegates might spread across the country to the many, many Parishes
· Please pray for the work of these two new groups as they begin to proceed with a new mandate together under the one banner of Anglican Essentials Canada (AEC).
· Please pray for renewal and refreshment for weary folk who
have been labouring, in some cases, under great pressure over these
long days of crisis. Please pray for good vacation times and a
· Recognizing the need and value of summer vacations, let us also pray that the summer months would nevertheless be productive time, so that what began in Toronto would not get bogged down over the summer months. Praise the Lord that he is one who “gives to his beloved even in his sleep.”(Psalm 127:2)
· Please pray for our whole Anglican Church of Canada. Having
been given, through the recent Anglican Consultative Council in
Nottingham an even stronger call to repentance, let us pray that we
· Let us pray for our International friends who continue to labour for a consistent, faithful, spirit-filled, Biblical Anglican witness in every Province of the Anglican Communion, worldwide.
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