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27 March 2009

24/7 Prayer Canada: Cities

Written for ... www.24-7prayer.ca

In the 80's and 90's stories of complete city transformations began to trickle out of places like Brazil, Columbia and Argentina. Men like Ed Silvoso (Harvest Evangelism) told of cities like Resistencia Argentina where after strategic, focused, and persistent prayer... God brought complete and holistic (Emphasizing the importance of the whole and the interdependence of its parts) transformation to every area of city life. With a population of 400,000, they went from 5,143 believers in 70 congregations... to 100,000 Christians in the city, and 220,000 in the province, making it the most evangelical province in the nation over a relatively short period of time.

Ed Silvoso says, "Today there are cities where it is difficult for sinners to go to hell because the Church has learned to pastor entire cities." How amazing is that?

Cities have long been on the heart of God. In Acts 1:8, Jesus told his followers, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

He sent them into the cities, with the power and authority of the Holy Spirit to see him Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. And here we are today, in Canadian cities that bare little resemblance to the stories of Resistencia let alone the Kingdom of God. Stats Can says that 4 out of 5 now live in the city... a greater percentage than ever before. It sounds like a daunting task to see a city transformed doesn't it. Luckily... we've got the game-breaker. Prayer.

In every successful city transformation, there has been one common element. The BIG C Church (Christians of all description and flavor) praying in unity. Psalm 133: 1-3 paints a beautiful picture of city unity with the end result being "Commanded Blessing"

1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
For brethren to dwell together in unity!

2 It is like the precious oil upon the head,
Running down on the beard,
The beard of Aaron,
Running down on the edge of his garments.

3 It is like the dew of Hermon,
Descending upon the mountains of Zion;
For there the LORD commanded the blessing—
Life forevermore.

In seeking God for what His heartbeat is for 24/7 Prayer in Canada, God pointed us in the direction of cities. We're called to instigate persistent prayer IN our cities FOR our cities. Prayer to see our cities become harbors of HIS glory. Prayer that our cites will be filled with a spiritual mosaic of people who will pray without ceasing for "His Kingdom come". People who will allow God to dream His dream through them. People who with give and serve prophetically to see holistic spiritual climate change in our nation.

How does God do "The Big stuff"? We do what we've been asked to do. We pray.

2 Chronicles 7:14

14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Our week of Prayer in Brantford begins this Sunday... and runs non stop through next Sunday. Sign up for your hours today. If you need the link to the sign up sheet... email me dave@freedomhouse.ca

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