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Summary: A Canada Day message calling the church to pray for the nation

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O Canada, We Stand On Guard In Prayer For Thee

Daniel 9:1-19; Psalm 72:8; Amos 6:1

By Ralph Juthman

INTRODUCTION

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Tomorrow, July 1st we celebrate our nation of Canada’s 146th birthday!

The Canadian charter explicitly states that ‘Canada is founded upon the principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law.’

Sir Samuel Leonard Tilley ( of the hat company), Premier of New Brunswick, one of Canada’s founding fathers, was a God fearing man. He woke up on the day they were to decide the name of this new confederation and read from Psalms 72:8,

‘He shall have Dominion also from sea to sea and from the river unto the ends of the earth.’

So Tilley suggested that the new confederation be called the Dominion of Canada, and it was so named on July 1, 1867.

The word Dominion has been removed from our national identity for a while now. But the inspired association with Psalm 72:8 remains the foundation of our spiritual heritage. In fact if you were to go to Parliament Hill in Ottawa, this verse is still forever ensconced on the concrete entrance into the Parliament buildings.

It does not take long for a visitor to Canada to see how far we have drifted as a nation from those biblical moorings.

I wonder what Sir John A MacDonald, Sir Samuel Tilley and the other fathers of confederation would think of their federation today?

• Sexual perversion such as legalization of homosexual unions!

• Rebellion is idolized by virtually every section of society. We live in one of the most rebellious generations of all time!

• Witchcraft ( As drug addiction continues to be the scourge of the nation, our government moves periously closer to legalizing marijuana)

• Violence (Abortion on demand and now Quebec is set to legalize euthanasia, an act that will spill over the rest of the nation)

However the greatest enemy for our nation is not another country, terrorism, or gay marriage. No, the greatest enemy that our country faces is COMPLACENCY and INDIFFERENCE from within the church.

Amos 6:1 laments, “Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria…’

We are a blessed nation. But the danger we have is to take the blessing for granted, and like the Isrealites forget God and what He has commanded us. We have become comfortable and complacent.

If we are to see any change in the direction Canada is taking it will come when the church wakes up from its lethargy and with passion turns to the Lord in prayer and mission.

Is there hope for our nation? YES! With God there is always hope!

If we expect to see Canada return to God, then revival will begin with God’s people, the church.

I can see a lot of similarities between Canada and where the people of Israel were spiritually. Daniel receives a wakeup call from Gods word, and proceeds to intercede for his people.

We stand on guard for Canada when…lessons Daniel teaches us would be good for the church in Canada to emulate.


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