Months later a new Governor was elected to our state and I received a call from one of his staff simply asking if I was the guy or if I knew someone who could offer an ongoing prayer covering for the Governor. I explained that this was something that we had already begun for him just as we had done for the previous office holder.
Weeks later we had a revelation. While all the Governors and staff of our nation were attending the National Governor's Conference a staffer from Indiana shared with several other Governors’ staffers that a prayer team had been established for them here. They told of the blessings that the prayer team’s intercession had brought to them and to their state. The surprise came later that same day when our office phone began to ring with requests for similar teams in other states. Admittedly I found myself feeling reluctant about being in the midst of what would later be realized as a nationwide ministry being born that day. I was simply trying to do the right thing for my state and its leaders and I did have a national ministry mind at all.
Over the years we have hovered around 22-25 states never feeling rushed to grow or to possibly outgrow our infrastructure. That all changed for us earlier this year when we received the leading from several intercessory groups to pursue leadership in all 50 states. In just the past few weeks we have moved up to 31 states. We need your help to fill the rest. Below is a list of the needed states and what follows is the position description and closing thoughts.
States Needed - Please pray & help us as God leads.
Arkansas (replacement) Little Rock
Connecticut - Hartford
Delaware - Dover
Florida (replacement) Tallahassee
Idaho - Boise
Iowa - Des Moines
Louisiana - Baton Rouge
Maine - Augusta
Mississippi - Jackson
Nebraska - Lincoln
New Hampshire - Concord
New Jersey - Trenton
New York - Albany
North Dakota - Bismarck
Oklahoma – Oklahoma City
Rhode Island - (replacement) Providence
South Dakota - Pierre
Utah – Salt Lake City
Vermont - Montpelier
Wyoming - Cheyenne
State Prayer Leader - Governors’ Prayer Team:
State Prayer Leaders hold weekly one hour statewide prayer conference calls and also participate in a one hour national prayer call weekly. Our National calls are typically attended by veteran intercessors and prayer leaders from the prayer ministries that we come in contact with throughout the nation. Calls range from 8 to 40 participants. The State Prayer Leader is encouraged to invite guest Prayer Leaders from the various prayer ministries across their state to participate in their statewide prayer calls (Every joint has something to supply). Each guest Prayer Leader is encouraged to invite those from their networks to participate in the call as well. This offers the cross pollination of prayer focuses and resources.
State Prayer Leaders are also encouraged to raise up county Prayer leaders ultimately for each county seat (or
Borough & Parish) in their state (yes we understand this could take sometime and might not be completed during your term and that's OK. We have been slowly building up to 29 states since 2004). County Prayer Leaders are encouraged to raise up City and Town Prayer leaders and so on. Each holds conference calls or small groups of prayer lifting up all those in authority.
We are also very supportive of special projects and programs developed by our state leaders. That would include things like prayer gatherings or prayer walks in or around state capitals or county courthouses. Another example is sponsored bible studies led by State Prayer Leaders, recruited pastors or laypeople taking place in business or government offices. We have also been involved in the reestablishment of chapels and places of worship in our state capitals and county court house buildings.
This is about an 8 - 10 hour a week commitment for those not already involved in prayer mobilization or leading others to pray. Two of those hours are spent on prayer calls and the rest is time used networking with the body, preparing for a special outreach or prayer focus like the ones I mentioned above.
This is more than just a simple appeal for volunteer leadership. When those who God has placed the mantle on their heart to begin to lead in intercession in their state and they lift their hand and say "yes Father pick me. I am the one". No matter if it's two or three gathered under this mantle or thousands these prayers are set to "availeth much". That's when we begin to realize the collective strength in the blessings of the intercessors who being guided by the Holy Spirit deliver their supplications to our heavenly Father via Christ the one mediator between God and man.
This is when the blessing of 1 Tim 2 becomes reality in the neighborhoods and towns across America and is
collaterally realized across the globe.
Our Charter Verse:
1 Timothy 2:1-7, NIV
I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men— the testimony given in its proper time. And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a teacher of the true faith to the Gentiles.
I am grateful you took the time to visit my blog today and look forward to praying with you soon.
May God bless you and all those you love,