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Prayer Can Change Nations (Interview)

GTH recently interviewed Faytene Grasseschi (Kryskow) on how the Lord has mobilized the Body of Christ in Canada to be the salt and light through effective prayer and action.
1. Tell us about the vision that the Lord has birthed in your heart for The Cry Canada. How did the idea to hold fasting and prayer fasting rallies right at the front doorsteps of the Parliament in Canada become a reality?

For the past few years, God has been speaking to me about His heart for a generation to rise up and take its rightful place. Both through prayers, and with the privilege I had of walking with senior fathers and mothers of faith in Canada, I began to really sense Gods heart for Canada. There was one vision that I can say probably was foundational visions in launching The Cry in Canada. While I was in a time of prayer, I heard the Lord say that He was listening and longing for the fullness of the cry of a generation in Canada. He said to me, Faytene, a thirty-year generation is already calling out day and night, saying: How long, Oh Lord; how long until You avenge our unjust bloodshed? The Lord was referring to those in my generation ( Gen X and Gen Y) who were born since the mid-seventies. He spoke to me about those who were not born and had not made it past their mothers womb because they had been aborted or had come under the onslaught of premature death. Then He said: I am listening and I am longing for the voice of the living to become louder than the voice of the unjust bloodshed. Where is the voice of the living? Those of you who love Me in this generation; who want to see Me glorified, Im longing to hear your voice; Im longing to hear your prayers; Im longing to hear your cry. And if you will bring your voice and your prayers to Me, I will listen. I knew that God was saying that it was time to mobilize the generation specifically in Canada. My first mass published book is Stand on Guard, which is all about the righteous foundations of Canada. During that time, He spoke to us about a generation that would carry a similar anointing to that of King Josiah in the Bible, who out of an understanding of covenant and promise to his nation, rose up and led a charge to turn his nation back to God. Out of that season of prayer and revelation, The Cry was launched. We took The Cry in 2006 straight to Parliament. We believed God for favour to do this at the heart of our nation governmentally where decisions are made and prayed there that God would move in Canada. Thankfully in Canada, freedom of assembly is one of our core rights as Canadians. That is how it became a reality in front of Parliament. The whole heart of it was to raise a cry and a voice, believing that Gods Word is true and that when we pray, He will answer. And it is exciting to look even to movements before and beyond The Cry to see how God has really answered the prayers for our nation.
2. What is 4MyCanada and how has it helped the generations to arise?

When we launched The Cry, I felt strongly that it was important that we didnt just pray, but that also that our prayers were made flesh. Jesus was the Word made flesh, and He didnt just pray. He got up from the place of prayer and He acted on it as well. A good example of this is the Garden of Gethsemane when Jesus did something powerful in prayer and said, Not my will, Father, but Yours be done. We dont know everything that happened in the spirit realm during that time of prayer; but Jesus moved powers and principalities on His knees, and then got up from that place of prayer and went to the place of doing what the Father had called Him to do: To die on the cross.

We felt as a movement that it was important that we not only prayed, but act as well just as Jesus did. The greatest act of intercession on the earth was not actually a prayer; it was an action. It was a man hanging on the cross with real nails going through real hands and real feet. The Lord spoke to us: Powerful intercession isnt just prayer, but it is action, and that action is intercession. We do massive prayer rallies in front of the Peace Tower (at Parliament), but also at other places across the nation. We also raise up these teams of young people that go right up into the heart of Parliament in Canada and speak to our government leaders regarding the issues of our nation. We go in a spirit of honour even if we disagree with them. We say: The Bible says that we are to honour our fathers and our mothers, and we are here to honour you and thank you for your service. It is amazing when you go in that spirit of honour that their hearts are open to hear what you have to say on the issues that you are passionate about. We are upfront about issues like abortion, euthanasia, human trafficking, poverty, justice for the First Nations people, and international matters surrounding Israel. Since we began doing that from the summer of 2004, we were also doing smaller-scale prayers across Canada called Josiah Rallies. Since then, we have had the privilege of having over 700 to 800 sit-down meetings with Members of Parliament, Senators, the Prime Minister, and key decision-makers. As far as we know, there has been no other organization in the nation that has had that many meetings within such a time period. These are all young adults who love God. There is no major financial backing. They are just stepping out in faith doing what they believe God has called them to do and God is showing up. So thats 4MyCanada: It is the action arm of The Cry prayer movement.
3. How have you been able to mobilize the Church in Canada to raise a cry before God for the nation, and maintain momentum for this prayer movement to be so much more than an annual gathering?

I remember saying this to our team a few years ago: We will only go where grace and where favour takes us. One thing we have learned from our spiritual fathers and mothers is the importance of hearing Gods voice. We only do the Cries where the Lord says and when the Lord says. God anoints what is in alignment with His heart and His timing. Someone once told me: An immature believer will say, God heres my dream will you bless it? But a mature child of God will say, Father, what are you doing, and then gives his time, talent and skill to be a part of serving Gods purposes in a generation. One of the reasons for amazing favour on the Cries is because of the Kiss of Heaven. Definitely, they could have been bigger at times. But the bottom line is when God is in something and when it is His idea and vision, then He will give the provision that gives and creates momentum.
4. Over the past 5 years since The Cry Canada was launched, how has the Lord used this prayer movement to influence change in the Body of Christ in Canada and the nation? Are there any examples that you can share with us?

The biggest shift that we have seen in our nation is the mindset towards our government leaders. There has been a really bad habit in North American culture of dishonour of authority. I dont think it is something that we should be proud of. It has been very destructive. The Lord mentioned to us at the beginning of our movement that we were to walk in a spirit of honour. There is life and death in the power of our tongue. I know in my nation of Canada, we have the incredible privilege of being a democracy which I realize isnt necessarily the situation with every nation obviously in the earth. But we have the power to be a voice an incredible opportunity and responsibility but the Lord said: I want you to be a voice but in the spirit of honour. We have seen a tangible shift in the nation of Canada, specifically in the sphere of churches where instead of cursing and criticizing our leaders, we are seeing people that understand that there is power in what we speak. If we want our government to be amazing, then we need to pray and speak words of life over them.

Another shift in the church in the nation of Canada is the realization of the power of prayer. We have had 9 different Cries to date, and with two Cries in particular, the political graphs in the nation that showed the different ray beams of support for the political parties shifted 15 to 20 percent within a 24 hour period while the church was praying. This has been absolutely dramatic, yet undeniable. In those two instances, nothing else was happening in the nation in the natural realm that would have caused such a graph-shift. No major policy announcement or news of a scandal would have shifted voter popularity among the political parties. All that was happening on those days was that the church was fasting and praying. It has been amazing to see the church come into a heightened level of awareness that the Word of God is true; that the Bible says where two more gather and agree concerning anything that God will give it to us if its in His name, for His glory, and in that spirit of unity. Those are the two significant impacts. We have seen the church shift from a culture of criticism of authority to a culture of honour and blessing, and we have seen people awaken to the power of prayer to change a nation.
5. Have you encountered any major challenges in organizing these prayer rallies on Parliament Hill and how has God helped you to overcome these obstacles over the years?

The answer is yes and no, because no challenge is major to God, though it may seem major to us. But we definitely faced a few situations where we had to work extra hard to get permits and permissions because not every prayer gathering actually happens at the parliament. I remember there was one Cry where literally we were down to the wire with getting our permits. The bottom line is every time you come up against an obstacle, the answer is God and the answer is prayer and so we would just hit it. Every time we hit some sort of obstacle and when I mean hit it, I mean prayers we would get our leaders on conference calls, and we would pray and fast believing in God. We would not let go until we saw the answer of what we were contending for. So the answer has always been prayer every single time we came up against any obstacle. Like with any major mandate, there are core things that youre contending against. It might be different for every nation, but one of the things that we really contend against in Canadian society is the spirit of apathy. Some people would say, why do we need to gather to pray? or why do we need to do this? How did we overcome that? By not letting go of God in prayer and in doing our part. Jesus used a little boys couple of loaves and couple of fish to feed an entire nation. That little boy brought Jesus what he had. Jesus took it, blessed it, offered it to the Father, and multiplied it to feed a nation. That is how you overcome challenges. You bring what youve got to Jesus what you got and lay hold of the supernatural. Dont stop praying. The prayer of agreement is powerful so as a team, lock in and just watch God bless it through the Gates. Dont give up!
6. Was there a specific season in your life or issue that is close to your heart that began to stir you to take such an extraordinary stand for the nation of Canada?

Yes, I was on the mission field in Liberia and God began to speak to me about Canada. I would get this strong impression that our nation was under siege by the powers of darkness. It was interesting, because within a short period of time right after that, some major things started coming down the pipe legislatively where the traditional definition of marriage was being challenged and some really in-your-face type issues that went directly against Biblical principles.. It was during this time that God began to convict me and say, Who will be a voice? Who will contend for this nation? I appreciate your efforts to go overseas and contend for other nations and other people, but Im calling a generation in your nation that will begin to arise and be missionaries to their own nation because Canada needs it. As believers we have a responsibility to be the salt and light and when issues start to challenge the nature of God and the ways of God at the core of our society. We need to rise up and be a bold voice of His truth, operating in the spirit of love.

For me, it was the spiritual conviction that I got in prayer and also certain issues that were shaking down in our nation that definitely catalyzed a lot of what we walked into.

Faytene on Handling Critics, Criticism, Marriage & Church

7. What would you share with young leaders who are interested in launching prayer movements in other parts of the world?

Just do it! Youve got one life to live. I often think of an awesome quote by a woman named Joan of Arc, who turned a nation through faith and out of the power of being led by Gods voice. She said: Every man and every woman give their lives for what they believe. Sometimes people believe in little or nothing, and they give their life to that little or nothing. One life is all you have; you live it and its gone. But to live without faith is more terrible than dying, even more terrible than dying young. If God has put a dream in your heart to mobilize prayer, do it and do it prayerfully. Lay hold of God for His strategy and find out what His ways are for your nation. How God did it in Canada isnt necessarily how Hes going to do it in Kenya, India, Australia or elsewhere. God has a strategy. He has a template. His army as the Book of Joel tells us is led by His voice.

Pray and get Gods strategy. And when you get that strategy, step out and watch God make the water solid under your feet.
8. As a local, national and international leader with a heart to effect change for the glory of God, how do you handle critics and criticism?

The Bible makes it really clear: Bless those who curse you and pray for those who despitefully use you. Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount: Blessed are you when people insult, falsely accuse and revile you, and do all these kind of things to you for my Names sake for righteousness sake for great is your reward in Heaven. For me, I actually get excited now. In some nations, persecution is unto death. Other nations like my nation you might have the national media saying stuff that isnt true. But if we keep our eyes on Jesus and we remember that great is our reward in Heaven, then it actually puts you in a position where you can get excited about it. When stuff starts coming against us, I see that as an opportunity to show Gods love and to grow in authority. Every time we forgive; bless when people are cursing us; focus our eyes on eternity instead of on ourselves and our reputation; choose to go higher and fix our eyes on Heaven and eternal things, we grow in the Spirit, in authority, in Christs likeness. It is an incredible witness to those around us. Fix your eyes on what the Word of God says, but also knowing that you have an eternal reward if you walk it out in love and humility. I have never in my whole journey so far seen a Christian leader that walked in love, humility and forgiveness and didnt increase in authority in the Spirit realm, as well as in favour and influence in ministry. When you are walking in Gods way whether its glorious, easy and full of favour on this side of Heaven or brutally hard at times if you live for the other side for His pleasure, then you will grow in authority and gain treasure on the other side.

9. The Lord has recently blessed you with a life partner. How is married life going and what lessons can you share with young couples or those who are about to embark on the journey of serving God together as husband and wife?

We actually had really good advice given to us by Kate Hess, who is married to Tom Hess. They serve in Jerusalem. Kate said: Every couple has a rhythm of Heaven. Just pray that you find Gods rhythm for your life and for your calling together. If you are going to join yourself to somebody for the rest of your life, it is important that you are marrying someone who wants to give everything to Jesus and just go for it, and that your values are matched. Then lay hold of God in prayer to lay the foundations in prayer and to decree into your life together; into your marriage; into your future; into your children. Rob and I have spent times where we have prayed over our children that are not even conceived and loosed in the Spirit Kingdom essence into our future and into our relationship through prayer. Pray that you find the rhythm of Heaven. The rhythm of couples that are similar to Rob and I in terms of gifting is different, and how they do life together as a couple and before Jesus is really unique. Just like we are all individuals as individuals, we are individuals as couples. But there is a rhythm of heaven that God has for every single marriage. When you find and commit to staying in that vein in honouring one anothers differences and one anothers strengths; in covering one anothers weaknesses; forgiving; being open in communication; learning the art of compromise and all these great things that we have learned, then you will enter into that spiritual zone where one can put a thousand to flight and two can send legions fleeing. Marriage is great. It makes you more like Jesus and there is a rhythm that will lead to exponential power. So as a married couple, really seek God to find that rhythm.
10. In closing, are there any thoughts, passions or desires that the Lord has placed in your heart concerning the Body of Christ that you would like to share with GTH readers?

At the top of my heart in terms of primary things to share is that time is short; life is short; and even if you have 120 years on this earth, it is still a vapour in comparison to eternity. It is clear that we are entering into a zone that many believe is the end of the end times; the signs are all around us. Jesus is coming again. We dont know if He is coming in our generation or soon thereafter. But we do know this: We are called to live as though His return is imminent. This is the hour where we need to be possessed with His will and purpose. Ask Him to fill us with His nature, with His power and to literally live lives that are given over to the King because time is short. We have an opportunity to give Jesus things in the realm of time that once we cross over into that eternal realm, we will never be able to give. We can pray; we can worship by faith; we can bring souls into the Kingdom; so I would just say that time is short.

Get focused on God; on serving Him, loving him and living every day as though it will be your last.

If you knew that it is your last day on Earth, and if there is anything you would change and you would say Ya, I would change this, or ya, I would change that, then what is holding you back? Change it now because the Bible is clear that we are not guaranteed anything beyond this moment, and life is a vapour. Lets give it all to Jesus!
There are many lessons to glean from Faytenes exhortation. What will you take away from this as you seek the Lord for His heart for your nation?