By Nicole Findlay -
Jesus Christ will be the headliner at Massey Hall on July 28, 2012. Thousands of Christians from across Canada are expected to attend. But they are not coming for a concert or even a conference. They are coming to pray, fast and seek the Lord to see Canada become the just, righteous nation God destined it to be. This mass prayer gathering is called TheCRY Toronto.
TheCRY Toronto will be the eleventh of its kind. The first CRY took place in2002 in front of the Peace Tower in Ottawa, where 10,000 Canadian Christians gathered to intercede for the nation. Since then there have been nine others in Canadian cities like Vancouver, Iqaluit, St. Johns, Ottawa, Gatineau, Toronto and Edmonton. Earlier this year, there was also TheCRY Hollywood in Los Angeles, California, which had a strong media focus to pray for the arts, media and entertainment industry that impacts the world. In all of these mass prayer gatherings the intention was not to criticize or be self-righteous. The mission was to humbly release blessing through a day of unified worship, prayer and fasting.
These intergenerational, interdenominational, multicultural mass prayer gatherings have been a tremendous blessing to not only those who participated but also to the city and even the country in which they have taken place. Time and time again, when Christians have gathered for TheCRY there has been tangible change and answer to prayer. For example, there have been notable shifts in government, drug ring busts and the passing of righteous legislation on the very days of TheCRY. These were shifts and breakthroughs that no one would have predicted, demonstrations of the power of prayer.
“TheCRY is not a ministry. It’s a movement. It’s a strategy,” Faytene Grassechi, TheCRY Director explained, “The bible says if my people that 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 forgive their sin and heal their land [2 Chronicles 7:14]. That two letter word if means It’s conditional. We don’t have a solution on our own strength. But when we pray God will answer.”
There is a consensus among Canadian Christian leaders and pastors that now is a pivotal time to unite in prayer for Canada, specifically in Toronto, a city that is influential not only in this country but in the world because the nations of the world are represented there.
In preparation for TheCRY Toronto, there have been numerous pre-CRY rallies at churches all across southern Ontario with congregations representing nations and cultures from around the world. There will also be three pre-CRY Awakening meetings July 25-27, each starting at 7pm held at Canada Christian College. These rallies and meetings are spreading the word about the mighty works God has done through intercession and fuelling the faith to see God do even more. Momentum is building as churches and believers unite and share what God has been doing in their lives and spheres of influence.
Pastor Brendan Witton of Church Without Limits summed it up well, “TheCRY Toronto is bigger than an event. It’s about what God is doing in our hearts and it’s about what God is doing in our nation. If you want to seek God and see your nation change. This for you!”
For more information or to register for TheCRY Toronto please visit www.thecrymovement.com.
Nicole Findlay is a Christian writer and creative artist. She writes to transform experiences, emotions and ideas in something others can interact with. Her website is www.nicolefindlay.com