By Steve Jones on Jun 28, 2017
Several years ago I got a phone call from an Ipsos-Reid poll, asking if I might complete a short survey on the state of our nation; My opinions on Canada. I said yes.
After 20 minutes, the caller came to the last question, “What do you believe to be the greatest need in Canada today?”
I told her my answer would be something she had not heard from any of her previous (or future) callers. She told me she had heard it all.
I said, “Canada’s greatest need is a great spiritual revival.” That Canadians might turn their hearts and lives back to God through Jesus Christ.
There was silence on the other end. “Has anyone else suggested that yet?”, I asked. She admitted my suggestion was the first she had heard of this need.
The greatest need. But few are talking about it. Even less are praying about it.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CANADA!
This week we celebrate the 150th birthday of our blessed nation. Most of us will sing our national anthem at least once this week. “O Canada” was proclaimed Canada’s national anthem on July 1, 1980, one hundred years after it was first sung on June 24, 1880. The chorus reminds us: “God keep our land glorious and free!”
However, most of us never get a chance to sing one of our anthem’s less familiar stanzas. The fourth stanza is quite moving:
“Ruler Supreme, who hears our humble prayer,
Hold our Dominion in thy loving care.
Help us to find, O God, in Thee,
A lasting rich reward.
As waiting for the better day,
We ever stand on guard.”
A PRAYER FOR CANADA
The very foundation and calling of Canada, as reflected in our anthem, is a call to reflect the glory and presence of God. May the words of our national anthem, “God keep our land”, be reflected first in the churches of our land.
Father, renew and embolden the church in Canada to take its rightful place in our nation so that our nation may take its rightful place in our world.“Father, help us your children, to be salt and light in our country. Enable your children to be examples of your grace, mercy and love.
Our nation’s greatest need is spiritual renewal.
Father, our plea is that You renew your church, chasten it, revive it again.
May your bride become a radiant influence for godliness in our blessed nation.
Bend us, break us, do whatever necessary to bring your glory to these shores.
For your Glory, and our great good.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
P.S. Some trivia:
What is the motto of the Dominion of Canada?
The motto of the Dominion of Canada is A mari usque ad mare.
The Latin phrase has two official translations. In English it reads, “From sea to sea.” In French it reads, “D’un ocean à l’autre.”
The phrase, from Psalms 72:8: “He shall have dominion also from sea to sea and from river unto the ends of the earth,” impressed the Fathers of Confederation who adopted it for official use in 1867.
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