PRAYER REQUESTS FOR GRACE CHURCH
- Humbly walk before God declaring His truth.
- Direction for fulfilling God’s purpose for Grace Church.
- Protection, wisdom and anointing in decision making.
- Unity in following Christ.
- Esteeming of one another.
- Continued growth in faith and obedience to Christ.
- A softening of hearts to God’s word.
- A hunger in people’s hearts.
“This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’
1 Kings 8:22-53
Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in front of the whole assembly of Israel, spread out his hands toward heaven and said:
“Lord, the God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below—you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way. You have kept your promise to your servant David my father; with your mouth you have promised and with your hand you have fulfilled it—as it is today.
“Now Lord, the God of Israel, keep for your servant David my father the promises you made to him when you said, ‘You shall never fail to have a successor to sit before me on the throne of Israel, if only your descendants are careful in all they do to walk before me faithfully as you have done.’ And now, God of Israel, let your word that you promised your servant David my father come true.
“But will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built! Yet give attention to your servant’s prayer and his plea for mercy, Lord my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day. May your eyes be open toward this temple night and day, this place of which you said, ‘My Name shall be there,’ so that you will hear the prayer your servant prays toward this place. Hear the supplication of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven, your dwelling place, and when you hear, forgive.
“When anyone wrongs their neighbor and is required to take an oath and they come and swear the oath before your altar in this temple, then hear from heaven and act. Judge between your servants, condemning the guilty by bringing down on their heads what they have done, and vindicating the innocent by treating them in accordance with their innocence.
“When your people Israel have been defeated by an enemy because they have sinned against you, and when they turn back to you and give praise to your name, praying and making supplication to you in this temple, then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your people Israel and bring them back to the land you gave to their ancestors.
“When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because your people have sinned against you, and when they pray toward this place and give praise to your name and turn from their sin because you have afflicted them, then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your servants, your people Israel. Teach them the right way to live, and send rain on the land you gave your people for an inheritance.
“When famine or plague comes to the land, or blight or mildew, locusts or grasshoppers, or when an enemy besieges them in any of their cities, whatever disaster or disease may come, and when a prayer or plea is made by anyone among your people Israel—being aware of the afflictions of their own hearts, and spreading out their hands toward this temple— then hear from heaven, your dwelling place. Forgive and act; deal with everyone according to all they do, since you know their hearts (for you alone know every human heart), so that they will fear you all the time they live in the land you gave our ancestors.
“As for the foreigner who does not belong to your people Israel but has come from a distant land because of your name— for they will hear of your great name and your mighty hand and your outstretched arm—when they come and pray toward this temple, then hear from heaven, your dwelling place. Do whatever the foreigner asks of you, so that all the peoples of the earth may know your name and fear you, as do your own people Israel, and may know that this house I have built bears your Name.
“When your people go to war against their enemies, wherever you send them, and when they pray to the Lord toward the city you have chosen and the temple I have built for your Name, then hear from heaven their prayer and their plea, and uphold their cause.
“When they sin against you—for there is no one who does not sin—and you become angry with them and give them over to their enemies, who take them captive to their own lands, far away or near; and if they have a change of heart in the land where they are held captive, and repent and plead with you in the land of their captors and say, ‘We have sinned, we have done wrong, we have acted wickedly’; and if they turn back to you with all their heart and soul in the land of their enemies who took them captive, and pray to you toward the land you gave their ancestors, toward the city you have chosen and the temple I have built for your Name; then from heaven, your dwelling place, hear their prayer and their plea, and uphold their cause. And forgive your people, who have sinned against you; forgive all the offenses they have committed against you, and cause their captors to show them mercy; for they are your people and your inheritance, whom you brought out of Egypt, out of that iron-smelting furnace.
“May your eyes be open to your servant’s plea and to the plea of your people Israel, and may you listen to them whenever they cry out to you. For you singled them out from all the nations of the world to be your own inheritance, just as you declared through your servant Moses when you, Sovereign Lord, brought our ancestors out of Egypt.”
Nehemiah 1:5-11; 9:5-37
Then I said:
“Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you. We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses.
“Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.’
“They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand. Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.”
I was cupbearer to the king.
And the Levites—Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabneiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah and Pethahiah—said: “Stand up and praise the Lord your God, who is from everlasting to everlasting.”
“Blessed be your glorious name, and may it be exalted above all blessing and praise. You alone are the Lord. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.
“You are the Lord God, who chose Abram and brought him out of Ur of the Chaldeans and named him Abraham. You found his heart faithful to you, and you made a covenant with him to give to his descendants the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Jebusites and Girgashites. You have kept your promise because you are righteous.
“You saw the suffering of our ancestors in Egypt; you heard their cry at the Red Sea. You sent signs and wonders against Pharaoh, against all his officials and all the people of his land, for you knew how arrogantly the Egyptians treated them. You made a name for yourself, which remains to this day. You divided the sea before them, so that they passed through it on dry ground, but you hurled their pursuers into the depths, like a stone into mighty waters. By day you led them with a pillar of cloud, and by night with a pillar of fire to give them light on the way they were to take.
“You came down on Mount Sinai; you spoke to them from heaven. You gave them regulations and laws that are just and right, and decrees and commands that are good. You made known to them your holy Sabbath and gave them commands, decrees and laws through your servant Moses. In their hunger you gave them bread from heaven and in their thirst you brought them water from the rock; you told them to go in and take possession of the land you had sworn with uplifted hand to give them.
“But they, our ancestors, became arrogant and stiff-necked, and they did not obey your commands. They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them, even when they cast for themselves an image of a calf and said, ‘This is your god, who brought you up out of Egypt,’ or when they committed awful blasphemies.
“Because of your great compassion you did not abandon them in the wilderness. By day the pillar of cloud did not fail to guide them on their path, nor the pillar of fire by night to shine on the way they were to take. You gave your good Spirit to instruct them. You did not withhold your manna from their mouths, and you gave them water for their thirst. For forty years you sustained them in the wilderness; they lacked nothing, their clothes did not wear out nor did their feet become swollen.
“You gave them kingdoms and nations, allotting to them even the remotest frontiers. They took over the country of Sihon king of Heshbon and the country of Og king of Bashan. You made their children as numerous as the stars in the sky, and you brought them into the land that you told their parents to enter and possess. Their children went in and took possession of the land. You subdued before them the Canaanites, who lived in the land; you gave the Canaanites into their hands, along with their kings and the peoples of the land, to deal with them as they pleased. They captured fortified cities and fertile land; they took possession of houses filled with all kinds of good things, wells already dug, vineyards, olive groves and fruit trees in abundance. They ate to the full and were well-nourished; they reveled in your great goodness.
“But they were disobedient and rebelled against you; they turned their backs on your law. They killed your prophets, who had warned them in order to turn them back to you; they committed awful blasphemies. So you delivered them into the hands of their enemies, who oppressed them. But when they were oppressed they cried out to you. From heaven you heard them, and in your great compassion you gave them deliverers, who rescued them from the hand of their enemies.
“But as soon as they were at rest, they again did what was evil in your sight. Then you abandoned them to the hand of their enemies so that they ruled over them. And when they cried out to you again, you heard from heaven, and in your compassion you delivered them time after time.
“You warned them in order to turn them back to your law, but they became arrogant and disobeyed your commands. They sinned against your ordinances, of which you said, ‘The person who obeys them will live by them.’ Stubbornly they turned their backs on you, became stiff-necked and refused to listen. For many years you were patient with them. By your Spirit you warned them through your prophets. Yet they paid no attention, so you gave them into the hands of the neighboring peoples. But in your great mercy you did not put an end to them or abandon them, for you are a gracious and merciful God.
“Now therefore, our God, the great God, mighty and awesome, who keeps his covenant of love, do not let all this hardship seem trifling in your eyes—the hardship that has come on us, on our kings and leaders, on our priests and prophets, on our ancestors and all your people, from the days of the kings of Assyria until today. In all that has happened to us, you have remained righteous; you have acted faithfully, while we acted wickedly. Our kings, our leaders, our priests and our ancestors did not follow your law; they did not pay attention to your commands or the statutes you warned them to keep. Even while they were in their kingdom, enjoying your great goodness to them in the spacious and fertile land you gave them, they did not serve you or turn from their evil ways.
“But see, we are slaves today, slaves in the land you gave our ancestors so they could eat its fruit and the other good things it produces. Because of our sins, its abundant harvest goes to the kings you have placed over us. They rule over our bodies and our cattle as they please. We are in great distress.
“In my distress I called to the Lord,
and he answered me.
From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help,
and you listened to my cry.
You hurled me into the depths,
into the very heart of the seas,
and the currents swirled about me;
all your waves and breakers
swept over me.
I said, ‘I have been banished
from your sight;
yet I will look again
toward your holy temple.’
The engulfing waters threatened me,
the deep surrounded me;
seaweed was wrapped around my head.
To the roots of the mountains I sank down;
the earth beneath barred me in forever.
But you, Lord my God,
brought my life up from the pit.
“When my life was ebbing away,
I remembered you, Lord,
and my prayer rose to you,
to your holy temple.
“Those who cling to worthless idols
turn away from God’s love for them.
But I, with shouts of grateful praise,
will sacrifice to you.
What I have vowed I will make good.
I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’”
1 Samuel 2:1-10
Then Hannah prayed and said:
“My heart rejoices in the Lord;
in the Lord my horn is lifted high.
My mouth boasts over my enemies,
for I delight in your deliverance.
“There is no one holy like the Lord;
there is no one besides you;
there is no Rock like our God.
“Do not keep talking so proudly
or let your mouth speak such arrogance,
for the Lord is a God who knows,
and by him deeds are weighed.
“The bows of the warriors are broken,
but those who stumbled are armed with strength.
Those who were full hire themselves out for food,
but those who were hungry are hungry no more.
She who was barren has borne seven children,
but she who has had many sons pines away.
“The Lord brings death and makes alive;
he brings down to the grave and raises up.
The Lord sends poverty and wealth;
he humbles and he exalts.
He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the needy from the ash heap;
he seats them with princes
and has them inherit a throne of honor.
“For the foundations of the earth are the Lord’s;
on them he has set the world.
He will guard the feet of his faithful servants,
but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness.
“It is not by strength that one prevails;
those who oppose the Lord will be broken.
The Most High will thunder from heaven;
the Lord will judge the ends of the earth.
“He will give strength to his king
and exalt the horn of his anointed.”
The Power of the Cross by Faytene Grasseschi
Lord God, thank You for the Cross of Jesus Christ and its power. We declare in agreement with Your Word that the Cross holds the power of salvation for all men and all creation (Romans 1:16). By faith right now we loose the revelation of the power of the Cross of Jesus Christ over the nation of Canada. From the north tips, to the southern border, to the eastern coast, to the western coast we declare that the Cross of Jesus Christ is prevailing in demonstrative power. We decree that even this day the eyes of men and women from sea to sea in Canada are being opened to see the power of the Cross and that they are coming to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Soften hearts all across this nation today, we pray. We declare that the power of the Cross is stronger than sickness, dysfunction and every form of darkness in Canada. We decree that Your Cross is prevailing over every region and way that the enemy is attempting to steal, kill or destroy in this nation (John 10:10). We decree that Your people are laying hold afresh of the power of the Cross and effectively applying it in all situations for Your name’s sake and glory. Lord, we thank You that You love Canada. We acknowledge that You declared to Your Son, Jesus Christ, “Ask of me and I will give You the nations as Your inheritance” (Psalm 2:8). We believe that He is asking for Canada. We thank You that when He died on the Cross, that He had Canada in mind and that He came to destroy all the work of the devil in this nation (1 John 3:8). We thank You for the destiny on the nation of Canada. We believe that You put it in the hearts of our Founding Fathers and that it was echoed through them as they chose to call Canada the Dominion of Canada, after Psalm 72:8, declaring that He would have dominion from sea to sea. We echo this decree today over our nation. We lift up Your Cross and declare that Your goodness, truth and ways will prevail across the land. We loose the power of the Cross and thank You that the glory of Your mercy and truth will triumph in power from sea to sea in Canada. Let Your Kingdom come in Canada as it is in Heaven. We decree and loose all these things in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.
Revival of the Word of God by Brent Sloss
In the mighty and powerful name of Jesus, we decree that the Body of Christ is richly receiving the Word of Christ. Your Word is like fire shut up in our bones! Father, we ask You to make Your ministers flames of fire (Hebrews 1:7) and set us ablaze by the fire of God. Holy Spirit, we ask that You would grant the Body of Christ in Canada ears to hear, eyes to see, and a heart to perceive and understand what You are saying to the Church (Revelation 2:29). We thank You that You are stirring up a fresh hunger for the Word of God and that they are releasing a fresh Word from God. Father, we thank You for a revival of the Word of God in Canada. We decree that where truth lies fallen in the streets (Isaiah 59:14), there is a people who are picking it up and running swiftly with it. Stir up a zeal! Stir up zeal! Stir up a zeal! Let the zeal of a few stir up the majority. We decree that they are boldly speaking a due word in due season (Isaiah 50:4). Lord, we ask You to thrust out labourers into Canada to declare Your Word boldly (Luke 10:2). Send out Your light, send out Your truth and let them lead us Lord (Psalm 43:3)! We declare that the Word of God is living and powerful (Hebrews 4:12). Father, thank You that Canada shall be filled with the knowledge of the Glory of God (Habakkuk 2:14). We decree that the knowledge of Jesus is being diffused through every believer in every place. Run swiftly, children of God, with a grace to run the race! Do your part until every heart believes He is the Way! Holy Spirit, we “… pray that the Master’s Word will simply take off and race through the country to a groundswell of response, just as it has among us …” (2 Thes. 3:1, MSG). Father, grant to Your people that with all boldness they may speak Your Word (Acts 4:29). We say, like Mary, “Be it unto us, according to Your Word,” (Luke 1:38) in Canada, to Canada, and for Canada. We say that the Word of God is spreading and the number of disciples is multiplying in Jesus’ name. Canada arise! Canada shall be saved!
Repentance & Awakening by Femi and Remi Ogunrinde
Father, we come humbly before You to corporately and individually repent for apathy, complacency and indifference. We pray according to 2 Chronicles 7:14, which says, “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.” We acknowledge that we have often deviated from the path of righteousness. Instead, we have often walked in apathy and complacency, and this has ruled our churches at times. We also acknowledge the cold heart and indifference to personal sins and the sins of our nation that we have had at times. We repent and ask for Your forgiveness and for cleansing. Therefore having obtained mercy (2 Corinthians 4:1), we put You to remembrance of Your promise to heal our land. We declare and decree a great move of God across our nation and a great awakening for Your Church. Just as Your Church was birthed apostolically, we declare that this ‘Last Days’ Church in Canada will overturn the wicked powers of darkness and light will shine once again through us. Father, we thank You for the great moves of God from Canada that have impacted the earth, for the promises to the Puritan reformers, and the promises through prophecies of Charles Price, David Yonggi-Cho and many other prophetic voices. In the matchless name of our Lord, we decree an end to drought and famine and call forth abundant rain upon every soul. Your Word declares that in the Last Days You will pour out of Your Spirit upon all flesh (Joel 2:28-32). We call this forth for Canada. Father, we pray that Your Kingdom would come and Your will would be done on earth in Canada, just as it is in Heaven (Matthew 6:10). We ask for the rain in the time of the latter rain (Hosea 6:3). We call forth the rain Lord! Open the floodgates of Heaven (Malachi 3:10). We declare that the Church is infused with power. We are alive and well! Your Church in Canada is taking her commission seriously. We declare that the Church You purchased freely with Your blood is glorious, triumphant and manifesting Christ while reforming and transforming society.