March 2016 NEWSLETTER
Since early January, I have been praying about the intercessory posture we need to take in response to Saskatchewan heading to the election polls on April 4th. The answer came as a group of leaders recently met and waited on the Lord in Saskatoon.
The strategy corporately discerned is to pray through the prophetic promises spoken over Saskatchewan. The prophetic often is a window into the very heart of God. He shows us what He intends to do and the steps involved in the process. We seldom receive specifics prophetically but we can receive His perspective and an understanding of where we are in His process. "How can two walk together unless they are in agreement?" Amos 3.3 Declaring the true prophetic aligns us with the heart of God and we are able to walk with Him.
We, in the church, have the mandate and responsibility to intercede for governance structures in Saskatchewan. We pray for the election that its results would not be in conflict with God's declared purposes in the province. Praying and declaring His word, written and prophetic over the election insures we are truly praying His kingdom from heaven to earth.
While many of us focus on praying through the prophetic words spoken over Saskatchewan, our prayers for the election will not be limited to that. We will all continue to pray as we have in past elections for integrity and truth in the campaigns of all parties. We are asking for women and men to be elected who will serve the province and its people and not their personal ambitions. We will pray for a media that is truthful and unbiased and the myriad of other issues that are related to this election. God wants to hear our prayers.
This past weekend a member of our Government Gate team here in Regina had an encounter. Sometime during the early morning, he was woken by 5-6 sharp taps on his bedroom window. He had been awakened a number of times in the past by knocking on the door and had responded by getting up out of bed and waiting on the Lord. This time he was very tired and stayed in bed remembering that often he had gotten up in response and had heard nothing from the Lord. He did feel a measure of the fear of the Lord from the tapping on the window but eventually went back to sleep. The following morning when he got up he began to read a book titled Travailing Intercession.
The following is a quote from chapter 2, entitled "Birthing the Purposes of Heaven".
"God has a clock in heaven. It does not work in 24 hour cycles but in heavenly time for earthly purposes and destinies. God has created time as a womb to bring forth His purposes. 'To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven' Ecclesiastes 3.1. God created the seasons so we can understand the time we are in. Spiritually, a season could last from days to weeks or even years. Then, within that season, there will be a time to release God's purpose for that season.
The word for time is 'kairos'. This is the Greek word for open window or set time. It is like a window opening in heaven and we have a limited amount of time to do or speak something (to respond) before it closes again. The Hebrew word for 'kairos' time in Ecclesiastes 3.1 is 'eth'. In Hebrew understanding, it is a female word for time. I believe that God uses the female form of time because he wants to emphasize that this time is for a set time only. Female, also speaks of having a womb and an ability to carry something to full birth." (pages 16-19 Travailing Intercession by Natasha Grbich)
He then states; "After reading this, I knew that God was saying to me that the tapping on the window was an awakening or 'an alert' to the season I am in. I have been calling out to Him and crying out for a change in the way I view and respond to Him. Many responses are from my old nature."
I find this a wonderful encouragement to us all to stay engaged. The kairos moments are continual throughout each day as He gives us opportunity to respond to His tapping on our windows. Praying out of the prophetic we have received for the province, aligns us with the kairos windows God has set before us.
Below are a number of paraphrased excerpts of unfulfilled prophetic words we are praying over this election.
• We are thankful for the many seeds that have been planted, by this and previous generations. We recognize their existence. Now is the time for them to grow up and bear their intended fruit. These seeds are acts of faith, prophetic words and acts spoken out of obedience to the direction of Holy Spirit by previous generations.
• We are calling the land of Saskatchewan out of a place of dormancy (of a holding pattern) into a place of release and productivity. We declare that we have germinated out of a dormant seed stage into life. We declare over Saskatchewan that our time of dormancy and passivity has ended.
• The seed lying dormant in the soil of Saskatchewan contains treasure, it is of great value for the season we are now in in. The release of this treasure is of critical importance to God's purposes in this current season in Saskatchewan.
• The promise is of huge bread baskets full of words; the living words of God. "For the word that God speaks is alive and full of power;"
• These words are full of revelation and wisdom and the knowledge of God. We have also been promised the tools, the skills to steward all that the release of these words of revelation and revival will bring.
• Saskatchewan will be a Joseph Storehouse for the time of famine. A famine for the word of God. "Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord God, when I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor of a thirst for water, but a famine for hearing the words of the Lord." Amos 8.11 AMP Is it possible that Saskatchewan is also to be a bread basket for the world; for food and resources?
• We declare Saskatchewan is a birthing place for the purposes of God, the delivery ward for anticipated birth. Romans 8:26 states that, "Holy Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance." Paul states that he suffered birth pangs as Christ was being formed. (Galatians 4.19) We welcome the mess and emotion of birthing, of the fulfillment of God's desires. (Isaiah 66. 5-9)
If it appears that much of the church may be unengaged in praying for this election, do not let that affect you. Find someone or a group that you can join for the next 4 weeks and cry out for God's mercy and grace for Saskatchewan. Pray for His will for political representation in your constituency in Saskatchewan.
Except the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; excel the Lord keeps the city, the watchman wakes but in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to take rest late, to eat the bread of anxious toil - for He gives blessings to His beloved in sleep.