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Isaiah 6:8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
The Lord is calling a people who: ”will not keep silent and will not be quiet until (America's) righteousness goes forth as brightness and her salvation as a burning torch. The nations shall see your righteousness and all kings your glory” Isaiah 62:1-2 ESV
Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Welcome and thank you for your interest in leadership in the NGPT. Here are examples of what State Prayer Leaders do.
State Prayer Leaders are encouraged to reach out to their Governor's office and other major leaders in their state in the hopes of creating a relationship to better intercede for that leader. The depth of this relationship is up to the leader and the State Prayer Leader and ultimately the desires of the Holy Spirit. See what the Lord had me doing as I explain in the how this ministry began later on this page.
The Nuts & Bolts of it.
State Prayer Leaders hold weekly one hour statewide prayer conference calls and where possible also participate in a one hour national prayer call weekly. As a State Prayer Leader you are encouraged to invite guest Prayer Leaders from the various Prayer Ministries across your state to guest lead during your statewide prayer call (Every joint has something to supply) for three of the four weeks each month. Each guest Prayer Leader is encouraged to invite those from their networks to participate in the call as well. This offers the cross pollination of prayer focuses and resources as well as confirmation for those when they hear from the Lord. On the fourth week you would lead inviting all those who participated in the previous weeks to join.
Understand that the following is done over time and is accomplished by the Lord not you. Simply share the instruction given by God in His word of 1Tim 2:1-6 within your expanding sphere of influence and the following comes in His timing: Organizing a blanket of prayer in your state. Your conference call will accomplish much in this effort though State Prayer Leaders are also encouraged to raise up a team to help them in this effort. Your team would include State Regional Prayer leaders who can aid in the effort of developing County (Borough or Parish) Prayer leaders in your state. County Prayer Leaders are then encouraged to raise up City and Town Prayer leaders and so on. Each holds similar conference calls or small groups of prayer lifting up all those in authority. This may also be accomplished by coming along side existing networks and sharing and willing resources.
Nationally we are also very supportive of any Special Projects and programs developed by our State Prayer Leaders. That would include things like prayer gatherings or prayer walks or other special means of mobilizing prayer.
This is about an 8 hour a week commitment for those not already involved in networking or prayer mobilization or leading others to pray. One to two of those hours are spent on prayer calls and the rest is time used networking with the body, preparing for a special outreach or prayer focus like the ones I mentioned above or however the Spirit moves YOU.
- State Prayer Leaders are encouraged to reach out to their Governor's office and other major leaders in their state in the hope of creating a relationship to better intercede for the leader.
- State Prayer Leaders hold weekly one hour statewide prayer conference calls and where possible also participate in a one hour national prayer call weekly.
- This is about an 8 hour a week commitment for those not already involved in networking or prayer mobilization or leading others to pray.
Through these efforts we encourage networks of prayer in all of our nation’s 3,140 counties, establishing leaders of prayer and centering in on a 1 Tim 2:1-6 focus of intercession. We have our own private social networking site www.NGPT.org that provides a safe and secure environment for intercessors and leaders of prayer to some together and support one another.
Combining existing efforts
In our search for statewide ministry leadership we have been blessed to run across existing ministries and ministry leaders on a similar path and focus to our own and we have been honored to come alongside them in our ministry efforts. Some good examples of this are WI, IL, and OR. In Wisconsin we have Steven Springer of www.AdvanceK.com an IHOP affiliate. In Illinois there are Pastors Stan and Delbra Pratt. They have a church and also lead as IL State Leaders in the National Day of Prayer. In Oregon we have Pastor Aaron Auer of www.RoarOregon.org.. Some of the ministries we have come in contact with have felt isolated and alone in their efforts and in coming along side us have found a network of like thinkers. Still others have simply had a mantle for bringing different prayer groups together and want to expand their ministry efforts.
Rev. Walker explains how this ministry began:
I had been a part of the prayer mobilization movement for 16 years. I started out as an event coordinator for the National Day of Prayer Task Force in Western PA (Erie). Five years later when I moved to the Indianapolis area I accepted the role of Indiana State Coordinator, a position I am humbled to still lead in today. For these 16+ years my personal prayer focus has been based around 1 Timothy 2:1-6. As I spent two sessions ministering to the Indiana State Assembly establishing bible studies and outreach to leaders and staffers, the Lord stirred in me the specific approach to praying for leaders and all those in authority.
To begin at a common focal point in the mind’s eye, at first it appeared as a lightning rod like a push pin on the top of the Statehouse dome… the Governor I thought. Then to an expanding map view where I could look down into the towns and neighborhoods as the intercessors prayed for those leaders geographically closest to them. As they applied feet to their prayers by taking action in the form of simple acts of kindness, prayer meetings, home bible study groups and so on the depth of the roots of these efforts took a deeper hold.
As I shared this vision and posed the question "who do you think of first in your state in leadership" the response over and again was "governor". It seemed clear the Lord was telling me something and this was confirming it.
I had been organizing prayer leadership across the state of Indiana in 2002 and it became a independent movement in early 2003 called the Governor’s Prayer Team. I was also trying to meet with our Governor of the time, Frank O'Bannon. We were to finally meet on September 12, 2003. He had to cancel to go to a meeting in Chicago where he became ill and later died the next day. His Lieutenant Governor Joe Kernan was sworn in the same day to complete his term. I was unable to secure a meeting with Joe Kernan either but instead met with his Lt Gov. Kathy Davis. It was an awkward meeting, not as I had hoped for at all. She multitasked as we spoke participating in a promotional photo shoot.
It was during that time from early September 2003 that I began to sense of the Lord turning the soil in our state. Something was being planted and with that the hope of a fruitful harvest came to mind. This was when I was still pushing to complete filling all 92 county prayer leadership positions across our state. It was also during this time I began to see former Office of Management and Budget director for President George Bush, Mitch Daniels as he campaigned for Governor across the state.
Months later (Nov. 2004) a new Governor was elected to our state and I received a call from staff member Jacky Sisal, simply asking if I was the guy or if I knew someone who could offer an ongoing prayer covering for the new Governor. We all met later to formalized our relationship and to actually continue something that had already begun for him during his campaign just as we had done for Frank O'Bannon and Joe Kernan. We prayed for all those in authority.
Just weeks later we experienced the unexpected. While our Governor and his staff were attending the National Governors’ Conference someone on his staff had shared with the other Governors’ staffers that a prayer team had been established for them. They told of the blessings that the prayer team’s intercession had brought to them and to their state. How an energizing bible study was bringing them revelation. The surprise came later that same day when our office phone began to ring with requests for similar teams in other states. Admittedly I found myself feeling a bit reluctant about being in the midst of a nationwide ministry being born in front of my very eyes. I was simply trying to do the right thing for my state and its leaders. This website that you are reading from stands as a testimony as to what transpired that day and has since followed.
Consider joining this cause that is simply driven by God's instruction on worship found in 1 Tim 2:1-6.
1 Timothy 2:1-6
Instructions on Worship
1I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— 2for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6who gave himself as a ransom for all men—the testimony given in its proper time.
May the Lord Bless you and all those you love,
Thomas C. Walker Founder & President - National Governors' Prayer Team