It’s hard to put into words all that God did from November 1-10 in North Battleford. God was was calling His people to a new level of repentance. Just as Daniel was led to fast and pray for the return of the captives from Babylon (Daniel 9:2,3), so also the Canadian Revival Alliance recognized the need to fast and pray to prepare the way for the 70th anniversary of the Latter Rain Revival. They called for a solemn assembly as in Joel 2:12-17 (“….gather the people, consecrate yourselves, ….weep between the porch and the altar; rend your hearts and not your garments…”)
It was time to cry out to God to save our land.
In 2 Chronicles 7:14 it says that ‘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 I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sins and heal their land’. Indeed it was a solemn assembly to seek God, to ask for forgiveness for the sins of our fathers - our government, our leaders, and for the many ways in which we had used our power and authority to subject the First Nations to give up their culture and their identity.
We had dishonoured them.
Now we welcomed the First Nations as keepers of the land to partake in the opening ceremony. There was a deep spirit of travail and repentance for most of the conference. Linda, a participant, had a dream of people were holding keys and keeping them captive. This brought a fresh wave of repentance for that, for breaking off shame, for women being undervalued or held back, dishonouring of parents and vice versa etc.
Art Lucrier shared some of the dreams God had given him over the past year to propel him on this journey. He was given a word that this was the ‘end of the road for Canada’. There is battle going on for the soul of our nation. The scales are tipping in the wrong direction.
Dean Briggs, an American, was led by God to travel to Saskatoon, and then to North Battleford in January, and to fast and pray as the fate of the nation hung in the balance.
Joan Hunter brought a word of healing for the body and soul. Many were healed from various injuries or sicknesses, from car accidents and other ailments.
Dutch Sheets had shared a word that God was giving us an iron fist to crush the dome and bring down the giants (Isaiah 25:6,7).
Cindy Jacobs shared that the scales were now tipping towards righteousness. The church in Canada was rising like never before.
Rita, First Nations prophet, welcomed us. She said God was baptizing Canada with a baptism of love. There is a river flowing through the whole nation etc.
The praise and worship was phenomenal - it ushered in the presence of God. All the words spoken gave those present hope for reformation and revival to break forth; a chance was given for things to turn around in our nation. Our cries have reached the heavens and ‘now my ears will be open and my ears will be attentive to the prayer offered in this place’ (2 Chronicles 7:15). Praise the Lord!
Written by Phyllis Serrao, November 2018. This article was first published in GOHOP’s newsletter.