I Prayed have prayed
Lord, thank You for the hope of Your covenant promises. Thank You for hearing our prayers for New York City and that nothing is too hard for You.
Reading Time: 3 minutes

The Lord blessed New York City with a reminder of His covenant promises on Monday, Sept. 11, 2023. A double rainbow stretched over Manhattan in the aftermath of sometimes pounding rains on the 22nd anniversary of the attacks that leveled the World Trade Center.

This content is supported by your donations.
Give today.


From certain vantage points, the rainbows appeared to originate near Ground Zero, where many gathered Monday to remember the 2,977 people who died in the terrorist attack.

People had a variety of responses to the beautiful rainbow, but intercessors see the Lord’s hand in the sign. IFA has carried the concerns of the Empire State before the Lord for years. But intercession is more targeted, detailed, and regular with the advent of IFA state prayer groups.

The New York State group, which meets Tuesday evenings on a conference call, prays for repentance and salvation for sometimes cynical New Yorkers. We have called upon the Lord to forgive myriad sins, from immorality to greed to idolatry of all sorts. Mary Massoud, who leads the group with the help of Ingrid Hernandez, points intercessors to the issues confronting New York specifically.

One such issue centers on the “quarantine camps” NY Gov. Kathy Hochul wants to implement related to executive branch actions during medical epidemics. Attorney Bobbie Anne Cox, who successfully argued against the governor’s proposed regulations in the state’s Supreme Court, argued before the appellate court on Wed., Sept. 13 — two days after the double rainbow adorned the sky.

IFA’s state prayer group spent most of Tuesday evening’s call praying for Cox. Some members of the prayer group went to Rochester, NY, to intercede onsite at the court proceedings. In the video here, you can see Cox offer remarks after her court appearance.

Additionally, the New York State prayer group has joined with all of IFA to Command the Foreword, as encouraged by Dutch Sheets. My husband Rich, also an IFA contributing writer, and others circled Manhattan island praying for each city borough and Westchester and New Jersey. Click here for IFA coverage.

For my husband Rich and myself, the double rainbow is especially encouraging that the Lord intends good for New Yorkers, such as ourselves. We’ve carried a burden for the city residents that has ratcheted up in the last several years as the Lord has shared increasingly stern and specific warnings about the judgment coming to the area.

The Lord’s prayer instruction has been equally specific. In Feb. 2022, the Lord shared the following prayer strategy with me. Notice how the judgment is evidence of God’s mercy:

“Repentance for all things, especially the greed that binds this city and nation into webs of witchcraft and has cost the lives of so many in these days.

“Repentance for the sexual misuse of themselves and the misuse and subjugation of the many — especially the children.  I will no longer allow this evil in this land.  Take note:  Those responsible will be judged by My Own Hand.

“Mitigation for the evil — Pray the long lasting nuclear elements be rendered inert.

“Pray those charged with protection see and respond accurately and adequately.

“Worship among the saints.

“Protection for My Own.  I shall again return them to this city.

“These [are] my orders.  Be uplifted for this will lead to the necessary correction.

“Be sure — those who have rebuffed Me cannot hide the reality of My Presence.  Know their hearts’ hardness requires this move.  In this way, Mercy lies.

“Amen & Amen”

Lord, thank You for Your love and desire to call all people to salvation. Thank You for using IFA to pray specifically over states, sending prayer like bombs to the target. Thank You for sharing the beauty of Your covenant promise with us in New York on a day of national mourning. Thank You that someday all mourning will be turned to joy in Your Presence.

Share Your Prayer Below.

New York City–based Joyce Swingle is an intercessor and a contributing writer for IFA. With her husband, Rich, also a contributing writer for IFA, Joyce shares the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world through theater, speaking, writing, and film. Prior to going into full-time ministry, Joyce worked for about 20 major magazines and now works in pastoral ministry and Christian counseling. www.Richdrama.com. Photo Credit: Gary Hershorn/Getty Images.

Comments (14) Print


Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Ann NMN Shaw
September 17, 2023

Almighty Father, grant all Americans wisdom to accept what you have ordered by the forming of our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Grant us the strength to fight for all the inalienable rights you have given us.

In Jesus’s name Amen

Yvonne Pendleton
September 17, 2023

Father, thank you for your mighty move in N Y. For for protection for intercessors faithfully calling on you. Hear their cry as you hear us. Use all declare your word in kingdom business.

Marsha Bashor
September 16, 2023

I pray also for New York City. I thank you Lord for that double rainbow appearing in Manhattan where the towers are. Thank you for that good sign of hope for New York City, they very much need your hope. Work your miracles there to save the people and to appoint righteous leaders. Bring back law and order there. Bless the New York City police.

September 16, 2023

Check the Emergency Orders that were drawn up, and put in place(?), for COVID the past couple years. Look at what was done in your state. Some of these EO’s walk over citizens rights if the citizen is deemed a health risk to the community.

    September 20, 2023

    Lord, You alone are good. Thank you for NY and the people that live there. Each person has a God given destiny – may they all fulfill their part and keep beautiful rewards. I pray that the people and the city/state line up with your plans and purposes.

    No weapon formed against New Yorkers shall prosper, in Jesus name! I ask You to send your Holy Spirit to every borough to and to the entire state. may the dingy drug-infested areas be filled with the fire of the Holy Spirit. May the flames be seen for miles! And the people gather in love and holy fear. You alone are God!!! Thank you for holy transformation.
    NY shall be saved!
    Thank you LORD for forgiveness and restoration. Thank You for loving the people of NY.

September 16, 2023

I live in AZ, and get the calls to prayer for the state in my inbox. But… what if I wanted to also get such notifications about NY?

September 16, 2023

All I can say is, I hope you’re right. NYC is my home. I was born in Lennox Hill Hospital in 1964. I grew up in the tristate area and only left in 2001 to pursue a career in visual effects and a woman I’d met in Los Angeles.

But, I never stopped missing my home. I cannot move back now because of the insane, communo-fascist Left NYC residents keep voting for. But, should that change…

Barbara Gray
September 16, 2023

Praise God for His unrelenting mercy towards us. Our sin is so horrific – abortion on demand until birth, the grooming, sexual exploitation and trafficking of children, the drawing of children into transgender surgeries, rape, murder, theft, extortion, lying. The list goes on and on. Yet You Lord offer mercy and grace to us again and again. Your heart is that we would turn and repent and receive Your forgiveness. God, I bow before You. Truly, Your loving kindness endures through all generations 🙏🙏🙏❤️

September 16, 2023

Praise God! Our God is faithful! and rich in mercy and love! The Lord will not be mocked, the rainbow 🌈 is His promise to his people. Wow. How kind is our God?!

    Rich Swingle
    September 16, 2023

    Amen! Notice the co-opted rainbow only has six colors, the number of man, but the true has seven, God’s number of completion.

    Praying for those caught in the deception to come into Covenant!

September 16, 2023

Dear LORD JESUS, I thank you for these faithful intercessors and I join my prayers with their prayers. Thank you dear God our Father for giving your specific orders and commands to IFA in order that NY can be restored by your merciful hand according to the command for repentance. In Jesus Name, AMEN.

Linda Trott Dickman
September 16, 2023

Thank you, Lord, for calling us to attention, to action, to prayer. Keep us vigilant in our villages, hamlets, towns and cities to the wiles of the enemy. Help us to stand strong, in You. In Jesus’ name.

Kevin Miller
September 16, 2023

how can I join my state prayer team

    September 16, 2023

    Hi there, Click on”Community” in the heading and then click on “State Prayer Groups” to find the info for your state group. Good luck!


Partner with Us

Intercessors for America is the trusted resource for millions of people across the United States committed to praying for our nation. If you have benefited from IFA's resources and community, please consider joining us as a monthly support partner. As a 501(c)3 organization, it's through your support that all this possible.

Dave Kubal
IFA President
Become a Monthly Partner


Click below to share this with others

Log in to Join the Conversation

Log in to your IFA account to start a discussion, comment, pray, and interact with our community.