The theme for Trek 7 was Redemption. May 14th, we began our 14-day, 3800 mile journey. It took us to the upper Midwest states and their capital cities of Lincoln, Nebraska; Pierre, South Dakota; Bismarck, North Dakota; St. Paul, Minnesota; Madison, Wisconsin; and Des Moines, Iowa. These states continued the mandate given by God in March, 2013: To go and pray for the lost souls in the capital city of every state in America.
Redemption seemed to be the paramount theme for Trek 7 relating to the burden for the salvation of the lost was once again placed so strongly upon our hearts by the Spirit. As the old hymn says, “Jesus paid it all, All to Him I owe; Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.” We sensed the intense love and passion for the lost souls of America, and felt as if the Lion of the Tribe of Judah was running ahead of us, in pursuit of those who are far from God.
These upper Midwest states are known as the Heart of the Nation and the Breadbasket states. Additional scripture references to pray and speak over the trek included:
- Ezekiel 36:26-27 – A heart of stone verses a heart of flesh; Jeremiah 31.
- Isaiah 35 – the Redeemed of the Lord and Isaiah 40 – Prepare the way of the Lord!
- John 6:22-59 – Jesus, the Bread of Life
God also told us to whistle for the wayward shepherds (pastors who left the ministry), to call them back into the fold. Zechariah 10:8: “When I whistle to them, they will come running, for I have redeemed them. From the few who are left, they will grow as numerous as they were before.” As we did this, we knew that God would call them back and that the sheep would also follow and come home.
Severe weather was along most of our route, yet covered by the prayers of our Prayer Shield, the Lord led us safely through. Rich farmlands covered the country side for mile after mile on our route to the capitals. The Holy Spirit spoke to us about the farmer, the soil, the seed, the produce and the harvest.
At our first capitol, Lincoln, NE, on May 16th, we met with a group of state prayer leaders and joined them in prayer over several urgent legislative issues at the capitol. While in prayer, the Lord spoke a word about the sower and the seed: God is releasing a sower anointing in this end time, NOW, upon His church body of believers to equip them to diligently sow seed (not scatter) into the lives of the lost and plant His truths. One of the prayer leaders told us that the statue on top of the rotunda of the capitol building is a farmer carrying a pouch with his hand out sowing seed. We believe the breakthrough for the harvest is key to the upper Midwest, and we felt the sprit moving mightily in Nebraska, as well as in our travels to North and South Dakota.
Later, driving from Sioux Falls to the capital of Pierre, SD, we encountered 30-40 mph winds, making driving difficult, but we knew the wind was bringing a shift in the Spirit. We pressed onward with Proverbs 16:3 – “Commit your works to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” Arriving in Pierre, our prayer time began inside the capitol building in the Senate gallery, then we moved to the House of Representatives gallery to finish praying. There was a strong spirit of grief and sadness over the state due to unnecessary deaths of people, dreams and opportunities many years earlier. Leaving the capitol building, we noticed that the cold weather had changed. The sun was shining, the winds had calmed down, and the temperature was rising. We thanked the Lord for this sign and hearing our prayers for the state of South Dakota. “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.” Isaiah 60:1.
In Rapid City, we took time to visit the National Monument of Mt. Rushmore nearby. It began snowing that day as the weather was quite cold. Gazing at the four faces of Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln, we saw streaks running down their faces from the rain. It looked as if Washington was crying. Our prayers were for the nation to return to the original intent of their forefathers. The moment was sealed in our hearts and we were grateful to God for the experience. Lord, hear our prayer! (2 Chronicles 7:14).
On May 21st we headed to Bismarck, and were met by seventeen prayer leaders from around the state. The Lord’s presence came in powerful way with our being in unity. One prayer leader said, “The flags at the capitol were still today. When we started praying, the winds blew the flags and the prayers were blown from the steps across ND. When we stopped praying, the flags stood still. The Holy Spirit blew in! Hallelujah!” The word of the Lord for North Dakota was Proverbs 13:12: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.” God is restoring hope for both North and South Dakota. The word, Dakota, means allies, which is what they are. Reinstating the Jamestown covenant over the land with the declaration that North Dakota BELONGS TO JESUS CHRIST, joy is now sweeping over the land with great HOPE for the future. A new thing was birthed in North Dakota as several prayer leaders are now acting now on this word from the Lord. They will continue to meet on the capitol steps each week to sustain this prayer movement for their state and the nation, and they will build the tree of Life by gathering more people of prayer to build a forest of prayer for the people of North Dakota!
We continued on to Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa in our second week. We sensed a spiritual change in the atmosphere. The terrain changed from the barrenness of North Dakota to the lush green rural hills and valleys. We sensed a need for an awakening in these states, and spoke multiple salvation scriptures repeatedly, with Romans 6:23 being a consistent declaration mile after mile, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Worship was also a key element as we traveled through these states, sensing God lifting us higher into His presence above the darkness and the warfare that surrounded us. Proverbs 10:25: "When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but the godly have a lasting foundation."
Our prayer time in St. Paul was held in the upper balcony of the senate chamber with several state leaders. The Lord moved mightily as we prayed for the people of Minnesota. The capitol building is under renovation, therefore we believe the Holy Spirit is renovating the hearts of the people of this state, rebuilding relationships and bringing great changes.
We prayed at the capital of Madison, WI, on Monday, Memorial Day. People gathered in the rotunda, honoring those who served our country with song and tribute. We climbed the stairs to an alcove of the 4th floor and prayed through the prayer guide. The orchestra played The Battle Hymn of the Republic below us, as we concluded our prayers. The motto of Wisconsin is FORWARD! We declared the old hymn: Forward, forward is the battle cry, onward, onward to our home on high. We will conquer for the Lord or die, the foe’s retreating, press the battle on!
The next morning the word from the Lord was from Isaiah 58:8 - “Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.” We headed to Des Moines, met by a prayer leader from the Apostolic Prayer Network of Iowa. As we prayed together, she voiced her concerns and opened a state map on the conference table. We spent the next two hours praying fervently in agreement and felt that the repetitive word for this state was Unity.
Iowa finished Trek 7 as the 41st state of our mandate to pray on point in all 50 states of the USA. As we spent the next three days traveling back home to Texas, the Lord sent a beautiful double rainbow after the rain, with a calm assurance that our prayers had been heard and that His everlasting covenant for all His children would never fail.
We hope you enjoy the pictures of the capitols of these states, and even more so, that you will make a commitment to join us in prayer for our nation.