On Resurrection Sunday, I had intended to take one direction in prayer, but immediately found myself in another. It was, “Bring the travelers home to Wisconsin.”
This was a time of intercession and prophetic declaration for the return of those who had fled or scattered from Wisconsin due to offense, grievances, disappointment, and weariness of heart over the hard spiritual ground of our state.
Many high hopes for revival / awakening in Wisconsin died because the prophesied promises have been long in coming to fulfillment. The expected “suddenlies” of God did not happen on our timetable. Disillusioned, some began saying that the soulishness of people had killed the plans of God for our state.
This is not true, however. “The word of our God shall stand forever” (Isaiah 40:8). What He has decreed, He will not be denied. His words do not fall to the ground, no matter how long they have been delayed. “So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11).
This is a new season in the spirit — a time to plow and plant again. It’s time, by prophetic decree, to call the laborers who have departed from Wisconsin to return and assist in that plowing and planting. It is also a time to call in the fulfillment of the long-standing prophecies which have been spoken over our state.
I felt that it was no coincidence that the Lord brought these things to light for me on Resurrection Day. He is about to resurrect things in Wisconsin which have long appeared dead. As with Jairus’ daughter and Lazarus, the Lord does not see them as dead, but only as sleeping. We must align our sight with His.
If you are a Wisconsin intercessor, please join me in prayer and prophetic declaration for those who have left the state, but who are still part of God’s purpose for Wisconsin, that they would return home. Pray that God would bring these laborers back into the harvest here (Luke 10:2). And begin to speak resurrection life into the prophetic promises which have been delivered to Wisconsin through the years.
Truly, the “dry bones” of the purposes God has for Wisconsin can live again. Many who have remained in our state have been faithfully working to connect the bones together and to flesh them out. But that only goes so far. In order for them to have life, we must prophesy into them the breath of the Holy Spirit (Ezekiel 37).
Lord of the harvest, bring back to Wisconsin the weary travelers who, in their discouragement, shook the dust of our state off of their feet. We need them to help us plow and plant here once again. Breathe fresh life into the purposes You still hold dear for this state. Let the promises spoken long ago be fulfilled in Your resurrection power. In Jesus’ name, amen.