Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Weekly State Prayer Focus for ARIZONA (Jan 23-29, 2005)

I am forwarding our USSPN Weekly State Prayer Focus for ARIZONA(Jan 23-29, 2005).Cheryl Sacks, our Apostolic State Coordinator for Arizona and member of our National Apostolic Council, submitted the following focus and state history.As you will read below, Dutch and I just finished a regional gathering in that state, and the Spirit of God is really moving them forward into His purposed destiny.


Key Prophecies for the State of Arizona
On January 21 and 22 Dutch Sheets and Chuck Pierce came to the Phoenix area for a Southwest Regional Conference (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Nevada) called Pressing through the Gates of Change. The conference was appropriately named as we heard it prophesied that great change is coming in the next three years. Dutch and Chuck sensed the change in the atmosphere since the 50 State Tour meeting in January 2003, acknowledging that great breakthrough has come to the region. Dutch declared that this year God will launch the state of Arizona and the surrounding region into what He has destined. God will bring us to a new level of wholeness which will make us conspicuous. Arizona will be a voice of reform to restore foundational issues and will be a leader in certain areas for the rest of the nation. God wants to create a model of wisdom and revelation, and many will come to Phoenix to see what God has done.

It was prophesied that the landscape in the Body of Christ will look different at the end of the year. There will be increased momentum for the youth revival at high schools and universities. This is the year of release for that which has died; the wind of the Spirit will blow the dust off that which has been shelved. We will now move into a season of outpouring. A new passion for ministry will hit the region. Miracles will take place. Revelation will change the atmosphere so that the unsaved will open to the gospel!
Key Initiatives for Arizona in Early 2005

The establishment of 24-hour worship and prayer within our state will be pursued. God has put this on the hearts of many and it has been a goal for some time.

Prayer Points for Breakthrough and Revival:

1. Pray that Arizona will continue to take spiritual ground and will not fall prey to the deceptions of the enemy.

2. Pray for the establishment of 24 hour worship and prayer. Pray God will initiate strong connectivity among churches and ministries and pour out the Moravian fire that has been prophesied over prayer groups and worship teams.

3. Pray for open doors to the prophetic and a connecting of the prophetic with the administrative/pastoral. Pray that true apostles will rise up and be recognized.

4. Pray that the door to revelation would open wide (Jeremiah 33:3) and the fullness of God will be released within the Church of Arizona.

5. Pray that the liberal agenda that is attempting to take root in this state will be uprooted and replaced by a Biblical agenda, and that unrighteousness in the legislative and judicial branches of government will be exposed and replaced.

6. Pray that the mantle for governmental prayer will be energized by an increased anointing, understanding and passion among intercessors to pray for state and national officials.

7. Pray for healing and racial reconciliation.

8. Many believe that Arizona has a redemptive gift in healing and this has also been a pattern in the state’s history. Pray in agreement with us that healing miracles, as well as other signs and wonders will be released to the Arizona Church.

9. Arizona has a rich history of entrepreneurs and creative businesses. In fact, the state motto is “God enriches.” Pray for an increase of marketplace ministries that will be involved in both outreach and in giving their income for Kingdom purposes.

10. Pray against the strongholds of pride, unbelief, disunity, competition, independence, idolatry, greed, addiction, apathy, religious spirits, and the fear of man which have dominated Arizonans throughout history and still influence the population today.

11. Pray for secure southern borders and the apprehending of any terrorist trying to enter our state.


The motto of Arizona is “Ditat Deus” which means “God enriches” and our Creator has certainly endowed this state with a history of creative entrepreneurs, a heritage of sacrificial Christian leadership, sources of wealth in mineral deposits, and breathtaking displays of beauty found in natural wonders such as the Grand Canyon.

The first known inhabitants of the land were the Sinagua (“without water,” Spanish) in the north and the Hohokam (“The people who have gone away,” Hopi) in the Central part of the State. The Hohokam were ingenious people who discovered how to harness the water of the Gila and Salt Rivers through irrigation to water their fields and grow a variety of crops. They were knowledgeable astronomers, skilled jewelry makers, and the first entrepreneurs, traveling even as far as the Pacific Ocean to trade their handicrafts with other tribes. Their belief system was filled with mythological stories about receiving power from various animals and birds through dreams, and they also worshipped three main gods through magical songs and ritual dances. One god was Siuuhu who was believed to have created mankind a second time after the original people were destroyed by a great flood which covered the earth. Both the Hohokam and the Sinagua mysteriously disappeared around 1400 A.D.

In the 1500’s, Spanish explorers arrived, many of whom had been lured by legends about seven cities of gold and the expectation of sudden wealth. Not all of the explorers were opportunists though; some were Christians who had miraculous healing gifts. One was Alonzo del Castillo Maldonado. “At sunset he pronounced a blessing over the sick, and all the Christians united in a prayer to God … on the following morning there was not a sick person among them.” (Farish, 1915, p. 2)

The next to arrive in the 1600’s were the Franciscans, Dominicans and Jesuits, who were motivated by missionary zeal. The first three Franciscans came to the resistant Hopi Indians in northeastern Arizona. When Friar Francisco de Porras healed a blind boy, hundreds of Hopis were converted to Christianity in a short time. Porras became the first martyr in Arizona after eating food poisoned by angry Hopi shamens.

Probably the most famous of the Jesuits was Father Eusebio Francisco Kino. Known as the Great Apostle to the Pima Indians, Father Kino made his first trip to what is now Arizona in 1691. He established missions around Tucson, but also made itinerant trips to preach and teach. In a memorial service, Father Kino was eulogized with the following words: “He prayed much, and was considered without vice … He never had more than two coarse shirts, because he gave everything as alms to the Indians.” (Faulk, 1970, p. 23)

It should be remembered that during this time Arizona was still part of Mexico under the control of the Spanish Empire. When Mexico won its independence from Spain, the Mexican Congress decreed on Dec. 20, 1827, that all foreign missionaries be expelled. So, this ended the missionary endeavors of the various Spanish Catholic orders. The United States acquired a portion of what is now Arizona under the terms of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and the remainder of the land through the Gadsden Purchase in 1853.

During the 1800’s, violence against Arizonan settlers from warring Apaches (meaning “man fight”) started to increase. Some feel this was due to the betrayal, torture and murder of their greatest chief, Mangus Colorado. (He was promised he would receive humane treatment if he surrendered.) Others feel that the loss of missions and the lack of Indian conversions was a factor. Naturally, the encroachment of settlers – either Spanish or other Anglos – on Indian land was an issue as it disrupted their ability to hunt or farm and so limited their food sources. But, the history of Anglo - Indian relationships in Arizona is complex. Some tribes were peaceful and maintained good relationships with settlers. But some, like the Apache were more warlike, and fought not only Anglos, but also other tribes. Historically, there were a number of betrayals and broken treaties. In short, there was much innocent blood, both Anglo and Indian, shed on Arizona soil.

Not many are aware that the Civil War actually had a part to play in the formation of Arizona. A battle of the war was fought at Picacho Peak, a site located between Phoenix and Tucson, on April 15, 1862. The Tucson area was largely made up of settlers from the south, who were naturally sympathetic to the Confederate cause while the areas farther north consisted of settlers from the east coast who were largely pro-Union. The Tucson settlers tried to persuade Congress to create a Confederate Territory of Arizona with Tucson as the capital. But in the 1860’s, large quantities of gold were discovered in the north near where the present city of Prescott is located. In Washington, D.C., it was decided that the Union should secure its claims to Arizona and its mineral wealth. Congress quickly passed a bill, called the Organic Act, which divided New Mexico in half and created a Territory of Arizona from its western half. One of prominent lobbyists for this bill was Charles D. Poston who became known as the “Father of Arizona” for his work in making Arizona a separate territory. He became the Superintendent of Indian Affairs for Arizona and is also considered the “Founder of Yuma.”

The Organic Act legislation was signed into law by President Lincoln and John N. Goodwin, a Union sympathizer from Maine, became Arizona’s first territorial governor. Goodwin rejected Tucson as a logical choice for the capital and headed toward the area that was to become Prescott. As Arizona’s first territorial capital, Prescott was named after historian William Hickling Prescott who wrote a book about Mexican history and the Aztecs. The Territorial Secretary of State, Richard C. McCormick, erroneously believed that the ancient Indian ruins in the area were proof that Aztec Indian civilizations originated there before they went to Mexico.

This fascination with the Aztec culture became part of the first Masonic lodge in Prescott which named itself the Atzlan Lodge. Aztlan was a mythical site where the Devil appeared to the Aztecs in the representation of an idol. Masonry and the other secret societies were very popular in the western towns of Arizona. Much of the settlers’ social life revolved around lodge activities and many members were prominent civic and political leaders. In addition to the other groups, a different type of secret society, the Ku Klux Klan, gained a foothold in Phoenix. In the 1920’s there were 300 Klan members in Phoenix. Among these were newspaper editors, law enforcement officers, a Superior Court judge, company managers, and legislators. From its initial success in Phoenix, the Klan branched out to smaller communities in Arizona.

Fortunately, the early Protestants were shining lights in the midst of this darkness. The first Protestant missionaries came to Arizona in 1868. Not surprisingly, they found the people of Arizona – mainly miners, cowboys, soldiers, merchants and railroad workers – to be quite resistant to the Gospel. But these persistent and longsuffering preachers continued to sow into rocky soil and watched their congregations gradually increase. One notable example in Phoenix was the First Church of Christ congregation which grew from 20 members in 1887 to 3,000 members in the 1920’s. (This was 10% of the city’s population at the time). Another memorable work was that of the Congregationalists in Prescott who reached out to the Chinese in their community and taught them English using the Bible. One of these students, known as Charlie Wann, who returned to China as a believer, started a chain of department stores and with his income established several chapels, built a Christian hospital, initiated Sunday School programs and formed a Home Missionary society. He held daily church services in his home and in each of the stores resulting in the conversion of many.

In 1889, the territorial capital was moved permanently to Phoenix, a place named for the mythological bird which rose up out of the ashes. And in a similar way, Phoenix arose from the ruins of the Hohokam. While on an excursion in 1867, Jack Swilling, a prospector and former Confederate army officer who fought in the Picacho Peak battle, saw before him the expansive Salt River Valley and discovered the ruins of prehistoric Indians canals. Swilling, a resourceful man with the innovative spirit of an entrepreneur, suddenly had the idea to re-dig the ancient canals and divert water from the Salt River to irrigate land for farming. He soon organized the Swilling Irrigation Canal Company and moved into the valley. With this new access to water, many settlers moved into the area. By 1875, Phoenix was a thriving community of 16 saloons, four dance halls, a brewery, a jail, a lithograph, two banks, and a few stores. In 1882, land developer, Clark A. Churchill, incorporated a new company, the Arizona Canal Company to increase the water supply. “The Arizona Canal was unique. It was not built upon the old Hohokam canal system, but upon soil that had been previously unplowed.” (Winters, 2000)

Precious little happened in Arizona without a struggle and the territory’s admission to Statehood was no exception. Many petitions for admission were largely ignored for about twenty years. Then in January 1910, Congress authorized the Arizona territory to hold a constitutional convention for the purpose of drafting a state constitution. This new constitution passed the Congress, but President Taft vetoed it because it contained a provision allowing the recall of judges. The majority of Arizonans favored this provision as they resented the “idea that there is to be an exclusive class that shall be granted certain privileges and immunities.” (Wagoner, 1970, p. 480) But in a general election, Arizonans voted to amend the constitution in accordance with the President’s wishes. Finally, on February 14, 1912, Arizona was admitted as the 48th State of the Union. Humorously, voters reinserted the recall of judges back into their constitution on November 5, 1912.

Statehood helped to draw many new pioneers to the area as did the construction of Roosevelt Dam which increased the water supply. During this time, there was considerable growth in the mining areas such as Globe, Jerome and Bisbee as well as those towns located along railroads such as Winslow and Yuma. After World War II there was another significant increase in population as many veterans who had been stationed in Arizona returned after the war. This tremendous population growth has continued to this day with Phoenix being the 6th largest city in the nation. Every day, the population of Arizona grows by 425 people. Many of the new residents are from other nations. According to the 2000 Census, the Asian/Pacific Islander population is Arizona’s fastest growing racial group, but there has also been an 88 percent rate of growth in the Hispanic population over the past decade.


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