I Prayed have prayed
Lord, we pray against censorship and election interference.

[D]uring the 2020 election cycle and the Covid pandemic, the [U.S.] government . . .  throttled millions of online posts, suppressing traffic to news sites, and undermined revenue streams for a host of outlets and influencers with disfavored or dissident views.

IFA was one of those sites.

From The Federalist. If you didn’t see Tucker Carlson’s interview last week with Mike Benz, you need to take an hour and watch the whole thing. In a mind-bending narrative about the emergence of what Benz calls “military rule” through an online censorship industry in the U.S., he lays out in startling detail just how corrupt and tyrannical the U.S. defense and foreign policy establishment has become.

Talk about issues like these on The Community.

 

Most importantly, Benz, the executive director of the Foundation For Freedom Online, explains how a constellation of federal agencies and publicly funded institutions, under the pretext of countering “misinformation,” rigged the 2020 election and are right now smothering the First Amendment and rigging the 2024 election through massive state-sponsored censorship online. The 2020 election and the Covid-19 pandemic, says Benz, were the “two most censored events in human history.” And 2024 is shaping up to be the same, thanks to the emergence of a federal censorship-industrial complex.

The problem here is profound, with deep historical roots that go back to the aftermath of World War II and the creation of the CIA along with a host of U.S.-funded international institutions. But for our purposes, it suffices to understand the problem in its two most recent stages: the period from 1991 to 2014, and from 2014 to the present.

At the outset of internet privatization in 1991, free speech online was seen as an instrument of statecraft. At that time, says Benz, internet free speech was championed by the U.S. foreign policy and defense establishments as a way to support dissident groups around the world in their efforts to overthrow authoritarian or disfavored regimes. It allowed the U.S. to conduct what Benz calls “insta-regime change operations,” in service of the State Department’s foreign policy agenda. …

But all of that changed in 2014 after the U.S.-backed coup in Ukraine toppled the government of Viktor Yanukovych and there was an unexpected pro-Russia counter-coup in Crimea and parts of eastern Ukraine. Later that same year, says Benz, when the people of Crimea voted to be annexed into the Russian Federation, “that was the last straw for the concept of free speech on the internet in the eyes of NATO.” …

Under these circumstances, free speech was the last thing that could be allowed to flourish online. Censorship became the order of the day. As Carlson put it, these NATO and EU leaders identified their new enemy as democracy within their own countries — their own voters, in other words: “They feared that their people, the citizens of their own countries, would get their way. And they went to war against that.”

And then Trump was elected. From that moment — and indeed, as we know from the Russia-collusion hoax, even before Trump was elected in November 2016 — the U.S. foreign policy and defense establishments, which had done so much to censor and weaponize the internet overseas, turned their attention to American citizens. …

Since they couldn’t very well get away with openly spying on and censoring American citizens, they decided to house the bulk of their censorship operations inside the Department of Homeland Security, specifically in a part of DHS tasked with reducing and eliminating threats to U.S. critical physical and cyber infrastructure. Hence “domestic misinformation” — which is really just a term for opinions and information that the national security state doesn’t like or that run counter to State Department policy — was classified as an attack on “critical cognitive infrastructure,” and could therefore be censored. What it amounted to was an end-run around the First Amendment.

But even DHS couldn’t do this directly, so it outsourced online censorship operations to third parties like the Election Integrity Partnership, or EIP, which consisted of four separate organizations: the Stanford Internet Observatory, the University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public, Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, and a firm called Graphika. …

We at The Federalist were caught up in all this during the 2020 election. As detailed in a recent lawsuit filed in December by The Federalist, The Daily Wire, and the state of Texas, the State Department illegally used a counterterrorism center intended to fight foreign “disinformation” to censor Americans.

The State Department, through grants and product development assistance to private entities like the Global Disinformation Index (GDI) and NewsGuard, was “actively intervening in the news-media market to render disfavored press outlets unprofitable by funding the infrastructure, development, and marketing and promotion of censorship technology and private censorship enterprises to covertly suppress speech of a segment of the American press,” according to the lawsuit. …

Through these and other methods, during the 2020 election cycle and the Covid pandemic, the government-backed censorship-industrial complex throttled millions of online posts, suppressing traffic to news sites, and undermined revenue streams for a host of outlets and influencers with disfavored or dissident views.

But this isn’t a thing of the past. All of the censorship infrastructure described above is still intact, still functioning, and is firing on all cylinders right now ahead of the 2024 election. If anything, the censorship-industrial complex is more robust than it was four years ago. Just last week, Meta’s President of Global Affairs Nick Clegg boasted on CNBC that he currently has some 40,000 employees, which is nearly 60 percent of Meta’s entire workforce, tasked with censoring speech on Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Clegg also claimed Meta has spent about $20 billion, including $5 billion in the last year, on its censorship efforts — or what he euphemistically called “election integrity.” …

All of this seems rather complex and dense, at least in the details of how it works. But at root it’s very simple: Those who have power don’t want to be held accountable by the unwashed masses, by “populism,” and certainly not by the results of free and fair elections. They will not tolerate anyone, not even a duly elected president, going against the “interagency consensus” — that famous phrase of Alexander Vindman’s from the first Trump impeachment. They don’t think the people have that right, and they intend to use every tool they have to protect their power and privilege. …

Share this article to encourage people to pray over the elections this year.

(Excerpt from The Federalist. Photo Credit: flySnow/Getty Images via Canva Pro)

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Lizzy
February 26, 2024

I don’t think the inflammatory language here is helpful. We have to be careful that in the midst of passion, we don’t become the new cancel culture, seeking to crush the concerns of people who do not agree with us.

We are to treat all with respect. To not do so, is to lose the moral ground and you become no better than those who oppose.

And just because a journalist lines up with you politically that does not mean that they are reliable. And just because a journalist is not a Christian, that does not mean that they are not devoted to the ethics of their field and, against all opposition and even putting their careers on the line, are not willing to speak the truth.

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    Vickie Johnson
    February 27, 2024

    That thinking may be part of the problem. Pray God’s will be done on earth, as it is in heaven and I believe you will be covered and not in danger of praying against the “wrong” people. The Bible says you will know them by their fruits and the fruit of many of these people have pursued death of our freedom of speech and constitutional rights, as established by God in the founding of our republic. May God help the church to rise up in defense of our God given freedoms, and take back our country for His plans and purposes.

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BJP
February 26, 2024

Father, I thank you for your word. For in these times of adversity we have it as a beacon and a place on which to stand. You are a faithful father, one who knows all and is not a Liar. Your word is truth and life and I praise you and trust you with all my heart and soul. As I hear more and more things to worry or concern me, I am reminded of Psalms 27 and especially verse 4. One thing have I desired of the Lord that I will seek after and that is to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and inquire in his temple. I find comfort in this since being with you IS MY ULTIMATE GOAL. When I am reminded of that I know that nothing man can do to me or against me will keep me from that goal. Help all of America and Israel to turn our focus back to you and your word which will strengthen and sustain us until we are ready to truly be with you. Help us to trust you to take care of the things that ONLY you can. I love you my Savior and Lord, I stand on your promises for your loved ones . Knowing that you have said those things that are done in secret will be brought to light. I am so grateful you are a faithful and awesome father who sees what I cannot and knows the end from the beginning. Who is not a liar and whose word will not return to you void. Who holds us and the future in his loving, scarred hands that are proof of your love for us and I know you can and will turn things to good for us as you always have. I praise your Holy name Jesus.

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MaryAnne
February 25, 2024

This is very disturbing information. But, my concern is what can people who love America do about it? Absolutely agree the subject needs lots of prayer yet what can we do ensure fair elections this cycle and for the next 25 years? I love my country but I don’t recognize it anymore.

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    Joey
    February 25, 2024

    This is IFA !
    So first we intercede!
    Things happen when we pray, especially when we agree in prayer together, that would not otherwise happen.
    Second, as Mike Benz said when Tucker asked that same question, spread this information far and wide. Talk about it with your friends. Get the truth out there.

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Ann Shaw
February 25, 2024

Almighty Father and Savior grant us wisdom to see the truth and courage to obey and above all honor you, Father, in all that we do and say.
In Jesus’s name Amen

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Barbara
February 25, 2024

The eclesia has the power in a spirit to take this down
The church must repent and turn back to God. And know, that it is our job to take evil down in our country.
We are being tested by the Lord to see if we will take our authority that has been granted to us by Jesus Christ. Our Lord and savior. The democrat party is dead they are now all socialist
You must fight in the spirit for your children and your family
He has given us all power and authority to do it so let’s do it!

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    Lizzy
    February 26, 2024

    Please keep in mind that while the church has authority over demons, she does not have authority over men and cannot compel men to obey. And please also keep in mind that men are not our enemies.

    The Bride of Christ does not have to take down an enemy that is already defeated. She just stands in His victory.

    We stand in love. We speak the truth.

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Trena
February 25, 2024

These are the days of our lives,
Rom. 1: 18-32
vs. 24-25 “…when lies are believed, to be truth, and Truth of God is exchanged for the lies”
When we read this whole chapter, we see all of our history, is nothing new under the sun. Each generation has dealt with such evil, because God gave His creation choice, and the alternative to worshipping Him, was worshipping everything evil under the sun.
vs.1: 28-30 , ” And, even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things that were not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil mindedness, they are whisperes, backbiters,haters of God, violent, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, ….
vs 32…..knowing the righteous judgement of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, not only do the same but also approve of those whonpractice them.”
Paul was speaking of how God gave
mankind, even in the days of Noah, and the early, days in Duet. 4,, Lev. 18, in Jer 10, all the way through to days when Paul was describing the life and times of christians in Rome, the early churches such as in Corinth betweenb57- 64 A.D right before the fall of Jerusalem 70. A.D.
All of this to say, we are living in such times, and whether or not we can change anything in the evil hearts and minds of the politicians, and so many of their obedient servants, is unlikely. Only God can, and will, according to His timing, and plan. Yes, pray we must, but much more for our families, our communities, our churches to come to Truth, believe His Truth, stay strong in Him, stay Diligent in study and walking with Him, Practice those virtues that reflect Him, Pray for our children, and grand children,great grandchildren, This will change our lives and fill our with communitues with Truth and righteousness despite what happens around us! We can not
make evil hearted people change, God does not make them , but certainly praying is an active responsibility for us always!
Praying for each one, and our Christ like behavior as we navigate our world around us🙏✝️

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    Keith Knapp
    February 25, 2024

    Awesome and accurate depiction of our present times. Thank you for that.
    We have determined in our hearts to stand firm in Christ until He takes us, which will be relatively soon based upon “As in the days of Noah, so shall it be at the coming of the Son of Man.” Matthew 24:37
    The conditions are almost the same right now as far as world events and complexity of most of the world’s nations interrelation ego trips. The only difference between Noah’s day and ours is that today His true followers are “the salt of the earth”, therefore preserving it from God’s wrath and annihilation right now. (One reason that I believe in a pre-tribulation rapturing of the saints).
    The current confederation of evil entities globally has greatly polarized people. Despite the fears, unrest, confusion and chaos that results, no carnal weapons can solve it, only CHRIST. Prayer changes things, through faith in God and Jesus’ finished work on the cross.
    So God appears to be trying us and separating His sheep from the goats.
    Let’s cry out for revival upon all the earth and not mere politics.

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wilma mcqueen
February 24, 2024

Sorry, I could not forward this article about censorship, nor SHARE on facebook.

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    Jon
    February 26, 2024

    Wilma,
    I was able to share this with my son, by using text messaging.

Delores
February 24, 2024

O Lord help us!
Lord, our help. You are the one who sustains us. 9:12,16You are a God of justice who does not ignore the cry of the righteous. 54:4 Give us aid against the enemy, for the help of man is worthless.60:11 Save us, O God, by your name: vindicate us by your might. 54:1 Rescue us from evil men; protect us from men of violence, who devise evil plans in their hearts 140: 1 from proud men who have hidden a snares, who set traps for the righteous. 140:5 Do not grant the wicked their desires, O Lord; do not let their plans succeed. 140:8 Let slanderers not be established in the land: may disaster hunt down men of violence. 140:11 Hear O Lord our cry for mercy. Be our strong deliverer. 140:6b-7a We know that you O Lord secure justice for the poor and uphold the cause of the needy. Cause your people to live upright before you, and the righteous to praise your name!140: 13 With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies. 60:12 From Psalms as noted

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Eli
February 24, 2024

“But all of that changed in 2014 after the U.S.-backed coup in Ukraine toppled the government of Viktor Yanukovych and there was an unexpected pro-Russia counter-coup in Crimea and parts of eastern Ukraine. Later that same year, says Benz, when the people of Crimea voted to be annexed into the Russian Federation, “that was the last straw for the concept of free speech on the internet in the eyes of NATO.” …”

Talk about disinformation. This is not what happened.

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    Liz
    February 24, 2024

    The Wall Street Journal has an excellent multipage article about the history of the war, and it pretty well makes it clear that this is a misrepresentation of what happened.

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WT
February 24, 2024

I am more concerned about the misinformation broadcast by Tucker Carlson than from any other source.

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SCHALK
February 24, 2024

Shame on them!

Toni Kushner
February 24, 2024

This is a complicated topic yet important for us to understand. May the Holy Spirit bring understanding to the voters . We are a people who need wisdom . Come Holy Spirit fill us with the knowledge we need to preserve the freedoms we have.

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Dennis
February 24, 2024

*** PRAY TO THE FATHER ***
YeHoVaH
JOHN 15:16b & 16:23
IN YESHUA’S HOLY NAME

FATHER, we pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and we will be blessed.
We Thank YOU for shaking the DOD Deep State and revealing the total corruption of unelected officials in WUHAN LAB, CLOTT SHOT, ELECTION INTERFERENCE, UKRAINIAN RUSSIAN WAR, ETC…
FATHER, protect your people from the modern “DAYS OF NOAH AND LOT” IN YESHUA’S HOLY NAME AMEN AMEN

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    WA
    February 24, 2024

    Yes, the misinformation about Ukraine being circulated among MAGA is a concern.

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    Liz
    February 24, 2024

    It is heart breaking; all the lies being circulated in MAGA about Ukraine.

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Douglas Dolleman
February 24, 2024

The national security state is the main driver of censorship and election interference in the United States. “What I’m describing is military rule,” says Mike Benz. “It’s the inversion of democracy.”

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Elizabeth
February 24, 2024

Christians should be the ones who follow the highest ethics. Honesty is one of them. So, some honest acknowledge needs to be made. Matt Ridley, was someone who had all the credentials. He was an author of books on virus DNA. He was a member of the House of Lord. His well-researched paper, which referenced research from multiple, well-respected labs from all over the world, on the possibility of a Wuhan lab link should not have been suppressed. Of course, this oversight has since been corrected. But on the other hand, people were also circulating an altered video of Bill Gates which made it look like he was saying that vaccines could be used to reduce birth rates. What he actually said is that it had been noticed that when vaccines were available in third world countries, couples had less children and when asked they were told that it was because couples had more children when they lived in a world where most of their children would die from disease. Couples wanted to have sure that some children survived them. So, couples made the decision to have less children when vaccines were available. Bill Gates also said that he had no concern about over-population. Should social media have allowed Bill Gates to be so misrepresented? People, if you will remember, were also circulating crazy claims which had no foundation in truth.

So, as Christians, we need to acknowledge the dilemma that social media was facing and still faces today.

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    Hj
    February 25, 2024

    Why would anyone, Christian or not.. believe anything that Bill Gates says?

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      Elizabeth
      February 26, 2024

      Sir, I believe you are missing the point: social media may have a legal and moral obligation to remove some posts.

      Antivaxers are, indeed, concerned about what Bill Gates thinks. They view him as the Super Villian: the man behind the curtain.

      It is not Christlike to imply that any person has no worth.

      God would have us give credit where it is due, and Bill Gates is a smart man who built from scratch what was a software empire.

      I would remind you that Gill Gates is a man loved by God who is walking in darkness. You will never win someone to the Lord, by treating that person with contempt.

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CN
February 24, 2024

Lord, we ask that You would “interfere” in our election process in 2024 with Your mighty hand, bringing honesty & integrity back to the process. We boldly ask for You to remove people in key positions that are scheming, plotting & criminally interfering with honest elections. Lord, as much as we hope they wake up & repent & turn to You…we still pray for their removal from their positions & their influence. We pray their plans would not succeed & that You would interfere, publicly expose & destroy their criminal plans. You are a just & merciful God…and we look to You for help. Amen.

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Rich Swingle
February 24, 2024

So glad more details about this are coming out!

Lord, protect our free speech, and empower us to elect Your choices for office, so our nation will no longer be led pell-mell away from You!

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Grant Windholz
February 24, 2024

Lord God Almighty, it’s incredibly unfortunate that this American voting system has to fight against fraud, deception and lies to get ahead and take advantage for power and control. Please bring the strength of truth in this broken 🙏 💔 country! Christ, your always in control, no matter what happens. AMEN 🙏!

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Regan Beauchamp
February 24, 2024

We have been overthrowing governments through the CIA since the late 50’s. We have been meddling in Ukraine through covert operations for many years. So it is not surprising that our own government agencies have weaponized technology against our free speech. We pray for a Reformation in our government.

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    Richard Radosevich
    February 26, 2024

    The US did not topple the Ukrainian government in 2014. Putin’s puppet Viktor Yanukovych rejected Ukrainian’s desire to move closer to the EU. The people revolted and he killed almost 100 in the Maidan uprising. He then fled to Russia. Tucker Carlson in not trustworthy regarding Russia.

Neil J Sogge
February 24, 2024

Heavenly Father, protect our nation, protect our prerogative to choose our leaders according as You lead on our hearts, on the hearts of the American people. In the name of Jesus, we rebuke the powers in high places that serve the censorship power grabbers. We pray that all the roadblocks to true and fair elections would be removed. Stir in the hearts of the voters to be informed and to dig deeper than the would-be censors would have them to see. Also, may the citizens band together to ensure an integrity of vote counting. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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Richard Radosevich
February 24, 2024

The US did not topple the Ukrainian government in 2014. Putin’s puppet Viktor Yanukovych rejected Ukrainian’s desire to move closer to the EU. The people revolted and he killed almost 100 in the Maidan uprising. He then fled to Russia. You do a disservice to the cause of Christ when you pass on lies. Do your homework…Tucker Carlson in not trustworthy regarding Russia.

karen secrest
February 24, 2024

It’s becoome critical now that press has acknowledged our elderly person with poor memory in the WHj

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Margaret Abbott
February 24, 2024

As I was praying into this, I was reminded that God clogged the chariot wheels of the Egyptians and asked him to “clog” whatever they’re doing with the election.

On another subject, let’s pray that the Chinese and terrorists coming into this country will have dreams and visions of Jesus and be part of the billion soul harvest🙏🙏🙏

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Terri B
February 24, 2024

Dear Lord, please bring our Country back to where it was founded to be, One Nation under God! In Jesus’ name……..

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Brian Lynch
February 24, 2024

Lord Jesus, we need for Your intervention. By Your grace, please frustrate and destroy this censorship problem immediately. Our trust and hope are in You. None of the evil that is so rampant in our nation has caught you by surprise. We pray for Your will to prevail. Thank you, Jesus.

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Mary D
February 24, 2024

Only God. Only His mercy can save us. We, His people, His remnant are repenting of our nation walking away from God and also of our own pride. Since WWll, the Pride in the Church along with that religious spirit brought in a laziness towards seeking God. Pride in Political Parties, leaders, and Greed has brought division and corruption! Pride worked to infiltrate and bring confusion and destruction to families, the Church, and now destroys our Nation as it divides to conquer.
That word Pride! It does come before the Fall! It is blinding, and the Ekklesia was blinded. We are like blind Bartimaeus and now crying out for the Son of David, to have mercy on us!
2 Chr. 7:14 still speaks for God’s people until it can’t. We desperately need humility. We need meekness, which isn’t some sweet thought or statue holding a flower, but Strength under self control.
Ezekiel 16:49 shocks most of us when we read it the first time. Pride, gluttony, and laziness were what destroyed Sodom. I realize I’m preaching to the choir, and many have been much longer than I and are crying out because we know that Repenting and turning back has to come from us, His Body, not the immoral world.
I do have hope, I believe we will see the goodness of God in the Land of the Living because of His Faithfulness and Mercy!
May we seek to do Dt 6:5 and as We Love the Lord our God with all of our ❤️, soul and strength, see His beautiful Glory!

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bobhuseby
February 24, 2024

2024…. This year will go down in history as a pivotal year of collapse or reconstruction of OUR America. Satans evil agenda would expand the control of his puppets and take the Country our forefathers died for.
We MUST stand firm on our knees and realize the spiritual war that is raging before our eyes.
Our Father who created all things please have mercy upon our land. We unite as intercessors before your throne to proclaim that JESUS is OUR Lord of all. And as Dutch Sheets keeps announcing “America Shall Be Saved “ !!!!!

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    Hal Marlowe
    February 24, 2024

    “We must stand firm on our knees” is a perfect way to put it!

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Maria
February 24, 2024

Father God this seems so huge and impossible, but everything is possible with you you are powerful and we can trust you you are for us and we pray in the name of Jesus that you will protect our country from evil. May we become strong in Jesus. May you strengthen men and women that stand for what it’s right who defend our freedoms, may you protect them and guide their every step . We pray all in your name Jesus Christ Our Lord and Savior amen

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