PERSPECTIVE OF CHRISTIAN LEADERS ON COVID-19

Mike Bickle (IHOP KC):  What is God doing, and what is he looking for? (He WANTS SOMETHING FROM US!)

Romans 11:22:  “Behold the goodness and the severity of the Lord... Severe toward those who disobeyed, but kind to you IF you continue to trust in His kindness.  But if you stop trusting, you also will be cut off.”

  • GOODNESS: 

    • Sabbath Rest – RESET

      • Rest from Sports and entertainment – national idols

      • Rest to be sacrificial in our relationships with our family and neighbours

    • Reconciling conversations

    • New paradigms and opportunities emerging – crisis makes us willing to rethink

    • Brothels are shutting down

    • New porn films are being stalled

 

  • SEVERITY

    • Shakings

    • Judgement: i) Redemptive Discipline:  waking us up to His love and ii) Punitive Judgment:  stops things like evil regimes   

    • In his redemptive discipline he is:

      • removing things that hinder love 

      • Waking us up to his love

      • Allowing the pain and pressure to cause us to go deeper                                                                                                   

 

  • Bow Down (in repentance and humility and RISE UP (in faith and authority)

    • Psalm 91:1 “He who dwells…”

    • Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God…”

    • Relationship WITH JESUS from a place of rest

 

  • Divine Discipline to rescue the church from dullness, apathy and compromise with darkness

  • Love God Wholeheartedly

  • We ask God to rend the heavens and come down to rescue us.  Is he asking us to rend our hearts and return to him?  We need to tear away areas of compromise in our hearts.  We need to remove the idolatry from our lives. (Corona means crown – what idols do we have?)

 

Carol and John Arnott/Patricia Bootsma

  • Sabbath Rest – Soak – Rest

David Demien (Watchmen for the Nations)

  • The Lord loves the impossible

 

Alain Caron

  • The virus has provoked us, but the Lord is asking us to return to him.  RESET.   We won’t be ready for the harvest until we are:   i) healed, ii) come back to our first love (with an attitude of repentance and restored to communion with God, and iii) when we have compassion for our neighbours and the lost

 

Synopsis

Judgment starts with the church … SO PRAYER MUST START WITH THE CHURCH… AND THAT PRAYER MUST START WITH REPENTANCE.

CHURCH

  • RESET

  • REPENT (Rend our hearts) In humility, cry out for MERCY

    • Break the spirit of dishonour in the church and toward the leaders in nation.

    • Repent for disunity, discord, division – not just in our little church but in the church of North Bay and in the earth

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  • RETURN (to our first love and to the word of God – Jesus IS THE WORD)

    • Intimacy with Jesus

    • Rev. 2… you don’t love me or each other as you did at first… Turn back to me and do the works you did at first. 

  • REST (Sabbath rest of trusting that He is our provider)

THE LORD

  • RESTORE

  • REVIVAL (Rend the heavens and come down) a billion soul harvest that has been prophesied

 

PRAYER POINTS

GOVERNMENTS OF THE EARTH

  • Pray for MERCY – that the nations of the earth would cry out to God and be saved, healed and delivered

  • Pray that the church would walk in its true spiritual authority

  • That righteous leaders, righteous governments and righteous nations would emerge out of this global pandemic

  • Pray for the unification of North and South Korea

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

  • Salvation and divine healing and health for our Prime Minister and his wife Sophie and their children, for Chrystia Freeland the Deputy Minister, Minister of Health, the MPs and their families

  • Unprecedented unity between parties – with wisdom from heaven to guide them

  • Repentance for unrighteous laws in our land (MAiD, Unrestricted abortion on demand) and MERCY upon our leaders and upon this nation

  • Pray for righteous and wise laws to be enacted – now and after the crisis has passed– divine wisdom and favour upon righteous leaders in all levels of government.

  • That Canada would come into its rightful place as a righteous nation. 

Provincial Government

  • Doug Ford Premier of Ontario and his cabinet

  • Christine Elliot, Minister of Health

  • Divine Wisdom, Righteousness and Health

Economy

  • Provision for businesses, families

  • Pray for the Economy of Canada and the nations

COVID 19

  • Pray for the sick to be healed and receive revelation of Jesus

  • Pray that the virus and the disease would be STOPPED NOW!

  • Pray for

    • frontline workers (hospitals, government, airlines, postal workers etc.

    • elderly and vulnerable

    • missionaries and family in foreign countries (Clem and Jenny Chen, (River, Ollie and Everest and Alex and Rachel Kariuki (Makayah)

    • Homeless people (Hope Awaits etc.

  • Pray that the church would rise up without fear and filled with great faith and acts of righteousness and love

PRAY FOR REVIVAL – in the church

  • Revelation 2 – Return to our First Love

  • Acts 2 – That we would be in ‘one accord’ – Unity in the church

  • Haggai 2 – In a time of great shaking – RETURN TO THE LORD

  • Joel 2 – That in a time of great darkness and despair, the church would rend our hearts with fasting, weeping and mourning… that we would repent and return to the Lord so that he would restore us and pour out his spirit without measure

  • Pray for the prodigals to return home

THE CHURCH

 

  • Posture of Prayer

    • Pray and LIVE from a place of Sabbath Rest

      • Empty me of all the distractions and all the noise, I just want to hear your voice..” Clem and Jenny Chen, Hear Your Voice from “My Child Don’t Be Afraid”

    • Humility AND authority – Get low and look high

    • Listen for His voice and do what He says:  radical obedience borne out of a simple and pure devotion to Christ

    • Love (and serve) God; Love (and serve) others

      • Forgive us AS WE FORGIVE ONE ANOTHER

 

  • Identificational Repentance – Repent for our own sins and for the sins of our nation

    • Daniel 9:4-19 “…But we have sinned and done wrong.  We have rebelled against you and scorned your commands and regulations…”

 

  • 2 Chronicles 7: 13 – 15  “… or send plagues among you.  Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.  My eyes will be open and my ears attentive to every prayer made in this place.”

 

  • We can’t bind in society that which binds us in our personal lives

    • Personal and corporate repentance for division, disunity, dishonoring, unforgiveness, pride, jealousy, idolatry, prayerlessness /apathy (Is 56:7 – for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations)

 

  • Scriptures

    • Romans 11:22 – The goodness and the severity of God

    • Haggai 2 – God is shaking everything that can be shaken

    • Joel 2

    • Philippians 1:9

    • Ephesians 4:13

    • John 17

 

  • Pray for the Church

 

  • Supremacy of Jesus

  • Revelation of our identity as the Bride of Christ:  Wake up Sleeping Beauty!

  • Powerful, passionate worship

  • Powerful, passionate prayer

  • Generosity, wisdom, faith, courage and boldness to be a blessing

  • Righteousness, Peace and JOY in the Holy Spirit

  • A deep and abiding trust in the leadership of the Lord

  • UNITY – many of you are sick because you do not property discern (respect etc.) the BODY of Christ. 

  • Joel 2 – a call to repentance.  Dream “Joel is what will get you there”  - now therefore says the Lord, return to me, rend your hearts and not your garments.  For he will relent and will leave a blessing (on our economy) – consecrate a fast, call an assembly, gather the people, sanctify the people, gather the elders, the babes, etc.  The call to be inconvenienced.

  • Pastors:

    • Pray a blessing on them and their family

    • Wisdom, Creativity, strategies and opportunities to be used to meet the needs of people and on how to build up the church and the community

    • Phil 1: 9… that their love may abound more and more… filled with the fruit of righteousness…

  • Pray for Canada to fulfil her righteous destiny as a healer to the nations

  • Pray for the Prodigals

  • Pray for Marriages, family relationships

  • Blood of Jesus - Passover

 

PRAYER

Lord we repent for:

  • Idolatry

  • For trusting in our own wisdom and understanding, on our own strength and idolatry of sports and entertainment

  • Idolatry of self

  • Pride

  • Division, disunity

  • Falling away from our first love

We choose to:

  • Exalt you and lift you up to the HIGHEST PLACE.  We declare that we will have NO OTHER GODS beside you.  There is NO ONE like you king Jesus.  We return to our first love and to complete dependence on your Lordship of Jesus.  We exalt you in worship.  We exalt you as our leader.  We trust you.  We are desperate for you.

 

  • We choose you as our first and only love.  We ask for wisdom and conviction on our lives.  We WANT to understand how we have walked away from you and we choose to RETURN TO YOU.

 

  • We ask that you would give us grace by your spirit to forgive and to love one another SO THAT THE WORLD WOULD KNOW that YOU ARE GOD

 

As the nations are being shaken, what cannot be shaken will remain.  We choose to build our house on the rock of the revelation of the Lordship of Jesus. 

Lord we pray that the corona (crown) virus would be dethroned and stripped of its power and WE, your bride, crown YOU Jesus as Lord.  We exalt you to your rightful place as King.   Creator God you are Lord over heaven and earth.  We crown you as King of our nation.  We ask you to reign and rule in righteousness, in power, in truth and in love.

God we acknowledge this time as labour pains of a Billion Soul Harvest:  We pray that the outpouring of the billion soul revival would flow from the outbreak of this virus.  We rebuke the devourer in Jesus name and we declare that no weapon formed against us will prosper and that …What the enemy meant for evil, the Lord will use for our good and His glory. 

We speak life and blessing over our nation in Jesus name and declare that CANADA SHALL BE SAVED.

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