The theme of Trek 5 was "God's Grace!" The trek began July 8, 2014. We departed from our home in Texas at 7:15 AM heading toward our first destination of Washington, D.C. God had spoken to us and led us there for a special prayer assignment before beginning our journey to the six states for this trek. It took us three days of travel to arrive in D.C. We traveled through Little Rock, Arkansas, and Knoxville, Tennessee, before arriving on our targeted prayer date of July 11th. Once there, the Lord led us to the high ground near Fort Myer, the Iwo Jima Memorial and Arlington Cemetery. From there, we had a panoramic view of our Capitol City, praying on point as the Lord led us every step of the way.
While praying over the city, we heard several words from the Lord:
- 2 Samuel 10:12 (ESV) "Be of good courage, and let us be courageous for our people, and for the cities of our God, and may the Lord do what seems good to him.”
- Exodus 14: 13-14 (ESV) "And Moses said to the people, 'Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.' ”
Prayer Trek 5 was planned as a 17-day journey that included 4800 miles of travel. The state capitals that we visited on this trek were:
Trenton, New Jersey
We were reminded of our nation's history and significant events as we visited each of the capitols on this trek. For example, Annapolis, MD served as the capital for the newly forming American nation when the Continental Congress met there from November 26, 1783, to June 3, 1784. In addition, the Treaty of Paris, ending the Revolutionary War was ratified by Congress in January 14, 1784. Delaware has the distinction to be the first state to ratify the United States Constitution, and they continue that distinction proudly as being the first state of our United States.
The Star Spangled Banner was written 200 years ago in 1814, and we had the privilege of visiting Ft. McHenry in Baltimore, MD, the home to the flag (which appears in the banner at the top of this page) which inspired Francis Scott Key to write those famous words during the war of 1812. We also visited Gettysburg, PA, the sight of one of the bloodiest battles America has seen, but also a turning point during the Civil War.
Our final state on this trek was Michigan and at its capital of Lansing, and it marked the 33rd state in our journey of praying on point at every capitol of our nation.
We hope you enjoy the pictures of the capitols for Trek 5, and that you will join us in prayer for our nation. In addition, all four verses of the Star-Spangled Banner are included below if you wish to download them (courtesy of usa-flag-site.org).