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The place of intercession can be a very lonely one, and hope deferred is among the biggest challenges we face as intercessors. Our human nature wants so badly to see prayers answered within our time frame, and our culture’s relentless push toward “instant gratification” only adds to the stress. But though we may sometimes feel impatient with God and His timing, deep down we can “be still and know” that His timing is always perfect!
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Before we rolled into 2022, IFA had a vision for each state to have its own prayer group. That happened, and some of the state groups formed up quickly, while others came online a little later. The group for my home state of Florida met for the first time on March 21, 2022. We gather by phone each week, joining our shields together as we stand upon the wall and tackle some really big issues — some of which may be unique to Florida, while others are issues many other states are facing as well. From abortion, human trafficking, and election integrity, to simply praying for our state’s leaders, we’ve run the gamut when it comes to topics that have been covered in prayer over this past year.
Florida’s legislative session for 2023 began on March 7, 2023, and adjourned on May 5, 2023. Until this most recent election cycle, Florida was considered a “purple” state, meaning the split between registered Republicans and registered Democrats was divided fairly evenly. But, all of that changed late last year, when Florida became a “red” state for the first time in decades: Republicans now hold a 28–12 majority in the Senate and an 85–35 majority in the House of Representatives.
I read a daily blog written by Jeff Childers, a Christian lawyer from Gainesville. He presents the pertinent headlines each day from a legal and biblical perspective. In a blog from Sunday, May 7, Childers published a list of many of the new bills Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law in this latest legislative session. “The eight-week session’s phenomenal list of legislative gains is undeniably sensational. Nothing like it may have ever happened before. It is a unique and wonderful phenomenon,” Childers writes. He then provided the following list:
- Permitless gun carry
- Tighter immigration rules
- Increased abortion limits
- Limits on Chinese property ownership in Florida
- Pronoun and sex-ed rules
- Segregated bathroom rules
- Restrictions on public adult entertainment (drag shows)
- Enhanced digital-privacy rights
- Expanded school vouchers
- Restrictions on local-government investment in ESG companies
- Multibillion-dollar tax breaks
- Landlord protections from local governments (to address housing costs)
- Increased election security
- Expanded low-income child health care
- Florida State Guard expansion (from 400 service members to 1,500)
- Significant lawsuit reforms
- Teachers union restrictions
- Child-rapist death penalty option
- School board term limits (eight years)
- The strongest health-freedom law in the country
As I scanned this list, I realized that every single one of these laws has been prayed for by our state group over the past year! God is moving in the state of Florida! What a tremendous answer to our prayers!
Childers went on to describe the outcome as follows: “It’s even more impressive when you consider the legislators only had 40 work days. How on earth did the Republican legislators manage to stay focused and organized and haul all this controversial legislation across the finish line, making it look practically easy? The truth is, it’s far from easy. Quite the opposite.”
I relayed this amazing news to Florida prayer co-leader Anita Lynott, and she immediately noted that the session comprised some 40 workdays! How many times in the Bible has the number 40 been so incredibly significant? Genesis says: And after the seven days the floodwaters came on the earth. In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month — on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights (Genesis 7:10–12 NIV).
In Exodus it says: Moses was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights without eating bread or drinking water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant — the Ten Commandments (Exodus 34:28 NIV).
Matthew chapter 4 gives the account of Satan’s temptations after our Lord had fasted for 40 days and 40 nights.
In the first chapter of Acts, we read that Jesus remained with His disciples for 40 days and 40 nights after His resurrection and before His ascension to heaven. It is certainly no coincidence that this legislative session, in which God’s plan for our state was honored and put on display for all to see, lasted 40 days!
On May 10 DeSantis signed a staggering 37 bills (in addition to the many others he has signed over the course of this session). These include a bill which, according to Childers, “criminalizes bringing illegal immigrants into Florida, bans issuance of drivers’ licenses or ID cards to illegals, and provides $12 million to ship the migrants to blue states and sanctuary cities.”
The following day, DeSantis signed a bill that essentially prohibits Centralized Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) in the state by excluding it from the way Florida’s Uniform Commercial Code defines “money.”
Most recently, on May 15, DeSantis signed into law a bill that prohibits Florida’s public colleges and universities from spending state or federal monies on DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) programs. In addition, this law prohibits public institutions of higher education from offering courses that “distort significant historical events,” provide instruction on “identity politics,” and are “based on theories that systemic racism, sexism, oppression, or privilege are inherent in the institutions of the United States and were created to maintain social, political, or economic inequalities,” including CRT (critical race theory).
What we Floridians just experienced is perhaps the most historic legislative session in our state’s history, and it is because intercessors like you heeded the call to pray, to fast, and to seek God’s face on behalf of the state.
While we have seen so many victories in Florida, I know there are other states whose intercessors feel they are in a dry and barren wasteland, waiting to see the mighty hand of God reach out and touch their state. Please allow me, dear intercessor, to offer you this encouragement if you are in a season of hope deferred. This verse adorns the wall by the front door of our home and has brought me comfort during some of the darkest days: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).
Let Florida be a beacon, a city on a hill, reminding us all that there is now and there will always be hope in Christ alone. When we pray and seek His will on earth as it is in heaven, mountains will move.
Pray with me:
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for raising up intercessors who want to see Your will done in their state and in this great nation. We humbly ask that You would reach out with Your righteous right hand and uphold each of us as we intercede for the needs of our states and our country. Bring us perfect peace in the waiting, and help us to know that Your plan, Your way, Your will, and Your timing are always exactly right. In the precious name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
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Alysha Townsend is an IFA Florida state prayer co-leader.
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Thank you for being intercessors for FL! You join many of us across the state who are coming together to do this. I am the Florida Federation of Republican Women Chaplain. As a group, all state chaplains gather on zoom every month to pray for our country, our individual states, our lawmakers, etc. It is POWERFUL!
When God is at work, He draws His people to do similar things all over the place so it is a wonderful validation when we discover other groups hard at work doing what we do, too. We must not grow weary in well doing.
My heart and soul rejoices with all of Florida, the intercessors and all who are in the waiting to see God do the same in their state. This gives me hope for my state, Oregon, which is very blue in many ways.
We ask that you would bring such righteous rules into every other state, especially California. Do it again, LORD! Raise up intercessors and officials who would advocate for righteous laws like these in all our states.
In Jesus’ Name,
So grateful for our Governor! I’m hoping he continues as Governor With so many new people arriving each day, we will need strong leaders to stay the course
Lord God, we need Your help. Render the Pandemic Treaty fruitless. Thwart the globalist agenda of the World Health Assembly. Prevent all plans to issue freedom-stealing digital currencies, throughout the entire world. Get rid of vaccine passports and mandates in every continent, island, country, nation, etc. Protect our freedoms of every kind throughout the entire world.
I had a vision the other day that greatly encouraged me to not give up on praying. God is on our side and He is sending reinforcements.
In this vision, I saw the great army of God’s angels, fully dressed for battle. They were joining forces with the army of intercessors. We became one United, unbeatable army. The devil and his evil plans didn’t have a change.
We easily won the battle … and … so it will be.
Father God I am using the words of Florida Intercessor’s used in their prayers for their state. It is a privilege to use, I’ve prayed for Illinois many times and I see nothing but destruction. I read about the bills that are being pushed by the Governor and his democratic followers. The horrible things are being done to the schools, the children, the teachers, the churches with pastors not preaching against the demonized situations that are about this state daily. God it’s like a black curtain over the peoples attitude. Jesus it as if people are in a trance they know nothing, they see nothing. There are a few that May make a comment but then 0. As a Christian Patriot I first attest my allegiance to my Heavenly Father and His kingdom. Secondly I agree to pray over our nation and its people especially In Illinois concerning its people and their rights to Life and Freedom. God as I read what Florida has accomplished – is because of not only their prayer groups, but their Governor DeSantis. God you see that the people are being blessed in Fl. It Is just the opposite in Il. It is so bad with the abortions, the trans in schools, CRT, the murders, now He the Gov. wants to pass a bill that Doctors are to help commit suicidal for elderly and others. God you saw how I wrote and opposed the bill, I sent a form letters to S. Durbin, plus the Governor and other leaders. Nothing! God I know as a Christian I know I have been given power from Heaven to exercise my Authority. God I am calling down from heaven words of Faith, Hope, so the darkness, the chains will be broken and the stronghold of Baal, Jezebel, and Haman will know God is our deliverer and the blood of Jesus is our protector; as we stand against the occult and every evil attempt against Illinois. God I’ve read the scripture in : Jeremiah 28:11 “ For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” Father God I want a state that is Free from Wokeness, that appreciates what Jesus did on the Cross, that does not murder babies, or the elderly, or try to indoctrinate our children with this evilness of mutations. Father I want The voice of God spoken with Love In Illinois. God we need you! I know there are many other Intercessors that pray for Il. I am asking what else can I do for Illinois? I know and understand that evil Carrie’s no power, authority or rights in our land nor over our people. I know that many in this state have sold their souls to the devil. When we moved her (3) years ago because our children wanted us near them, I was shocked at what I was hearing, I was shocked trying to find a church that taught salvation and has alter calls. I cried out Lord why did I not know the evilness here in this state. Then after a few days it was dropped in my spirit TO, Pray. As I joined my group of Intercessor in Il. To pray by phone I was led to speak in my heavenly language (tongues)? At the next prayer appointed time – one of the leaders made a statement not to pray in tongues anymore. just in English. My name was not mentioned but I knew. I always honor you Jesus this gift was given to me and I feel your presence when I pray. I decree that we will operate in Unity, going beyond denominational lines in order to accomplish the purposes of God for our nation. I know the truth and try to never be deceived, I stand for Gods written words of Truth to guide me daily. I am never going to stop fighting, but my prayers to you Heavenly Father is How and When Will the forces of darkness be defeated IN Il? We will honor you because You are the ONE TRUE GOD, the God if Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I honor the States that have Governors that supports God and the prayer warriors that are faithful. My verse I say quite often. Psalms:91 “1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble, or her
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
These words give me Hope and lets me know God is near. That He loves me as I love Him. Be blessed🙏 Illinois will be cleansed. I am standing on these words.
Hello Priscilla, I stand in agreement with your prayers for Illinois as I also live in Illinois. You are not alone in your prayers for our State, I belong to a prayer group that meets on Thursday nights to intercede for Illinois, our church, our families, and our world. We know God’s timing is perfect so we will continue walking by faith and not by sight. God is faithful and His word never fails, we will not be put to shame for trusting in him. I pray for your endurance and the endurance of all the saints. Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer, God bless.
Hallelujah thank you Jesus for Ron DeSantis. Praise the Lord for people who have common sense. Thank you for Florida Father God. Thank you for wonderful Christian lawmakers. Hallelujah. Pray that the good laws will keep coming as many as we need to keep the Floridian people free from dictatorship. Free from communism. Praise the Lord oh my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name.
Thank you Lord for DeSantis strong leadership. May other state leaders take note and follow suit. May we, the believers in each state take up our authority in prayer and not abdicate it!
Dear Heavenly Father, we thank you for your majestic omnipotent mighty power over all the earth! Thank you for Intercessors for America. May this organization grow exponentially and overtake our whole country. Thank you also for our great patriots in this land like Gov. Ron DeSantis!! May all of our state’s governors use Gov. DeSantis’ as a role model as a bold leader while stepping out in faith. Bless, protect and lead our government employees who are unselfish in their duties, putting themselves last instead of first. Let them remember that “we the people are their employers” not the other way around! Bring those who would harm us to your courts as you are the Supreme Righteous Judge! In all these things we pray. Amen and Amen
Thank you for sharing about Florida. Praise God!
Praise God for initiating the call for state prayer groups! Praise God for IFA’s support and constant encouragement to all the state leaders and their groups. Praise God for the dedication and devotion on behalf of all the state prayer leaders. Praise God for such an uplifting praise report on the astounding amount of legislation passed in the state of Florida! To God be the Glory great things He has done🙏
Father, I praise you when I rise up in the morning and I praise you in the evening when I lay my head down to sleep, The Lord is my protector; he is my strong fortress. My God is my protection, and with Him I am safe. He protects me like a shield; He defends me and keeps me safe. Your Word also says “I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). Lord God, there are so many people who are fleeing to America, but they are entering our country illegally. We cannot sustain everyone who wants to enter, especially those who come to seek and do us harm. Please Lord, drive the spirit of antichrist from our President, his cabinet members, from all those who are wicked and on the wrong side, and let their eyes be opened to see You and their ears be opened to hear Your voice. I pray for wisdom, knowledge and truth to fall upon them from Your heavenly throne so they will once again begin to put our Nation first and act upon our best interests. Nothing but evil is being caused by this malicious attack, so I ask You to please intervene and help the United States of America, that we return to the pathway of good and righteousness. I pray that whatever is meant for evil will be exposed and brought to light, and that the plans of the enemy would fall like dust to the earth, not harming any of your innocents. It’s in the precious and mighty name of Jesus that I pray. I give You all the glory and all the praise You are so deserving of forever!
I applaud Florida for standing up for what is right in the eyes of our GOD. I rejoice with you and hope that other states will follow with comparable bills that Florida has legislated. Some of these bills had to be made because of all the nonsense in our country today. I feel that enough is enough and pray that people will turn to GOD (our Light) and turn their backs on satan (the dark).
Lord, we rejoice in Your mercies to us in Florida! Please grant us 49 other great victories, in the other state legislatures of this land!
Connie Seglem IFA Prayer Leader for Kansas
Amazing Father! I honor and praise You for the history that was made in Kansas during our 2023 Legislation session. Our Kansas legislators overriding 3 pro-life vetos, making history in our state. Thank You Lord for life in Kansas!
All these blessing have followed the appointment of Ron De Santis becoming Governor. How very, very essential it is to have the Governor be a dedicated Christian. Therefore, my prayer for all the other states including my own is Heavenly Father please remove those Governors and government officials who do not obey you and replace them with those who will put Your interests first. Please LORD, don’t delay in answering our fervent prayers for this nation. In Jesus Name, Amen.
I live in Spring Hill and I have a burden to see Hernando County become the place of refuge and blessing God created it to be. I have prayed for so long, asking God to give us the government we need rather than the one we deserve. I’m so thrilled to see Him moving His hand. I’m believing we will see abortion and ‘gender affirming care’ of our children become unthinkable here in Florida. All praise, glory and honor to our Mighty God!
To our fellow warriors in the great state of Florida. We rejoice with you and watch as your state sets a high standard and encourages other states to take notice.
Rejoicing with you all in Florida! Praise be to Him who hears our prayers and moves mountains! You have given all of us a holy boost with this report!
Thank You Jesus❣️All PRAISE to You Lord❤️🔥❣️
Thank you for Alysha for gathering this information, for IFA for sharing it, and Jeff C! Your lawyer ‘in the firey furnace witness’ who is giving us this precious intel, in what feels like behind enemy lines sometimes, but is really great cause for grateful to You celebrating! Thank you Jesus for letting me and my family live here in Florida.
May we truly live the state motto to trust in God. And live the meaning of Ft Lauderdale, the fountain of God’s praise…thank you for letting me be a part of Your plan, 25 years ago a few women started prayer walking at Your call, did the research on cities in Florida, we didn’t start this present wave of answered prayer by You I know that Lord, but I am just so glad, JOY filled and beyond grateful to see that Faithfulness YOU are soOo famous for Lord❤️🔥
Sometimes being an intercessor can feel and be a bit lonely, but when we are in Your company, camp, family, service, lap, command, grip of grace…there is no better place or position to be, in You is home❤️🔥 Come Lord Jesus❣️❤️🔥
Where can I sign up for Hawaii ?
Our state motto is “the land perpetrated in righteousness “
Right now it is not. And we need help.
Thank you and Mahalo
Lord Jesus, give bold faith to Bo and other believers in Hawaii, your Spirit of love and sound mind, with Your strategy to pray, to not only answer Your call to pray, but connect with other believers for Hawaii to live up to her name and worship as one people the One True King Jesus!
State Prayer Call:
1st and 3rd Saturday of the Month at 6:00 a.m. HST
Access Code: 1190750
I will send this info out to my mens group.
We do pray for Hawaii every week. But I want more people to join.
Info for Hawaii prayer call:
State Prayer Call:
1st and 3rd Saturday of the Month at 6:00 a.m. HST
Access Code: 1190750
State Leader(s): Shigemi Okada
Contact Email: [email protected]
Praise God for His answers in Florida.