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Lord, bless our elected officials by drawing them to Yourself. They need that. May every government leader learn to honor You.

By law, the Hawaii Legislature must open on the third Wednesday of January at 10 a.m. At 8 a.m. on Opening Day, Jan. 17, 2024, I walked through the metal detectors with my fellow intercessor, Sharon, and other visitors, constituents, and lobbyists. Security personnel attached orange wristbands to our wrists.

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Sharon and I were blessed to sit in the center aisle seats in the House gallery to pray and observe the opening session. The House of Representatives has 45 Democrats and six Republicans. They serve two-year terms. Of those 51 representatives, 20 percent are serving their first term. The Senate sang the National Anthem, but the House did not.

In 2023, the House and Senate were internally divided. Committees worked through the holiday break, and in their opening speeches this year, both houses called for unity in their chambers. They made Lahaina, the town devastated by wildfires in 2023, a high priority again for 2024.

We contacted six House Republicans for prayer on opening day. Five responded on short notice. We were mindful of our Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish representatives as we prayed. The one representative who did not respond is a Catholic and an attorney. She is quoted in Honolulu Civil Beat, saying: “What bothers me is they [the other five Republicans] don’t argue in law and fact. They are arguing based on personal beliefs, based on religious beliefs”; and “My party is a cult.”

Of the 45 House Democrats, nine received an invitation to pray with us on opening day, and none responded. We will contact the representatives again. I saw my Kailua-Kona representative, a Jewish woman whose voting record does not represent my values, standing in her office doorway alone. As she waited for constituents to stop by her office, I introduced myself, and she said, “I’ve seen your name.” I believe the only place she would have seen my name is on IFA emails about specific topics such as abortion. She didn’t want to pray with me then but did say she’d be open to prayer in the future. 

We are encouraged, seeing how God raised up an Esther in Hawaii: Rep. Lauren Matsumoto, minority leader of the House, and a Miss Hawaii in 2011. Our God also raised up a priest and prophet, Dr. Elijah Pierick, a pastor and the minority leader assistant of the House, as well as a student at the prophetic school in Honolulu.

Loretta and Sharon greet Hawaii House Minority Leader Lauren Cheape Matsumoto (left) and Minority Leader Assistant of the House Dr. Elijah Pierick (right)

At the end of the day, we were joyously exhausted! We are mindful that the island nation of Hawaii was dedicated to God in the 1800s and that it has a rich history of revivals, first as a kingdom nation and then as a U.S. state.

Are you praying for your state officials? Share those prayers in the comments below!

(Loretta Gibson leads IFA’s Hawaii state prayer group. Photo Credit: Loretta Gibson)

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Deloris
February 6, 2024

Elijah don’t be afraid heaven is with you don’t be dismayed Elijah rise up and say it’s time for the end of jezebel’s reign. Double Elijah and you have the song I’ve been singing at my Capitol building.

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Barbara Kuhls
February 4, 2024

Abba, We welcome the King of Glory into the state of Hawaii! By Your authority given to us through the death and resurrection of Your Son, Christ Jesus, we evict the spirits of the antichrist having their fierce ugly grip on the majority of government officials in Hawaii. We take back authority over every single island, every bay, harbor and the waterways surrounding the island.

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Darlene Estlow
February 3, 2024

I pray for our officials here in Ohio. I thank you for them and the wise decisions of the majority of both houses to honor God and protect children in their decisions. I pray as they are facing reelection that God would bring those who honor God back to office. Protect them and may they continue to be faithful. Turn the hearts of those who do not know you that they may attain salvation.

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Pete N
February 3, 2024

Thank you for going and interceding! I know this was a strategic assignment and certainly an encouragement to those believers you prayed with! God had given you favor and courage to lead efforts in your beautiful state. Wonderful to hear He has placed believers in some key positions-they will need lots of prayer!! Thank you for sharing!!

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bobhuseby
February 3, 2024

Unite with me my fellow believers who are blessed by living in states where the majority of legislators are also believers in our savior Jesus Christ.
Father please send your angelic hosts to these “front line” battle ground states where the majority are democrats. Instead of us growing more polarized by the day may YOUR conservative electors be reinforced with your spirit of truth and let them stand on your word as they subdue their evil majority.
We pray and believe only in the powerful name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior !!

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Richard Jude Spurlin
February 3, 2024

romanism is a cult; it is a Luceferian counterfeit leading millions to a genuine lake of fire. Ecumenicalism is a Luceferian attempt to lead people into agreement and fellowship with this counterfeit. Christians are called to earnestly contend for the faith. We are admonished not to have fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but, rather, to expose them.

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