Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Day 17: Election Prayer Focus Florida

Florida - The Sunshine State

Motto: In God We Trust

Capital City: Tallahassee

Largest City: Jacksonville

Florida is a key swing state and the election results from this state have decided the last two Presidential elections.


Governor Charlie Crist (R)

Senator Mel Martinez (R)

Senator Bill Nelson (D)

1. Jeff Miller (R)
2. Allen Boyd (D)
3. Corrine Brown (D)
4. Ander Crenshaw (R)
5. Virginia Brown-Waite (R)
6. Cliff Stearns (R)
7. John L. Mica (R)
8. Ric Keller (R)
9. Michael “Gus” Bilirakis (R)
10. C. W. Bill Young (R)
11. Kathy Castor (D)
12. Adam Putnam (R)
13. Vern Buchanan (R)
14. Connie Mack (R)
15. Dave Weldon (R)
16. Tim Mahoney (D)
17. Kendrick Meek (D)
18. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R)
19. Robert Wexler (D)
20. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D)
21. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R)
22. Ron Klein (D)
23. Alcee L. Hastings (D)
24. Tom Feeney (R)
25. Mario Diaz-Balart (R)

Our national leaders find themselves poised to make history. Many are faced with a "legacy vote" that may determine their political futures. We must pray that our leaders walk in great wisdom and possess the courage to do what is right and not just what is popular. Call forth God's remedy for the financial ills of our nation. Declare that our leaders are granted a spirit of revelation and have insight into God's ways for our nation. Declare that their spiritual eyes are flooded with light and they know what to do in every situation that faces our nation. Declare they are filled with the knowledge of God's will and make wise decisions. Declare that the Word of God is the final authority for our nation and every decision that is made lines up with it. Declare that our leaders will not disregard the peace of God in helping them to make decisions; the peace of God will rule (umpire) in their hearts. Declare that the Holy Spirit will guide our leaders into all truth. Dispell all fear over our nation which would cause our leaders or our citizens to make rash decisions. Declare that we the people are open and submitted to God's plan for our nation and our leaders have the wisdom to discern and implement His plan.

Prayer Points

*Declare that revival continues in the state of Florida.

*Declare that the good work God has begun in the state of Florida continues and spreads across this nation.

*Declare signs and wonders continue to follow the preaching of the Word in Florida.

*Declare Christian leaders receive divine strategy to evangelize.

*Declare the leaders in Florida walk in wisdom and the fear of the Lord.

*Declare prosperity over the state of Florida.

*Declare our leaders at NASA continue to lead the world in cutting-edge technology and space exploration.

*Declare safety and mission success over our astronauts.

*Declare protection over the people of Florida.

*Declare protection over the miles of Flordia coastline from attack or natural disaster.

*Declare protection over the National Guard, military personnel, and military bases in Florida.

*Declare legislation in the state of Florida is in accordance with the Word of God.

*Declare Christians in the state of Florida get out and vote.

*Declare an accurate accounting of the vote in the state of Florida and an end to the confusion in vote tabulation.

In 1513, Ponce de León, seeking the mythical “Fountain of Youth,” discovered and named Florida, claiming it for Spain. Later, Florida would be held at different times by Spain and England until Spain finally sold it to the United States in 1819. (Incidentally, France established a colony named Fort Caroline in 1564 in the state that was to become Florida.)
Florida's history in the early 19th century was marked by wars with the Seminole Indians, which did not end until 1842.
Florida's economy rests on a solid base of tourism, manufacturing, and agriculture. Leading the manufacturing sector are electrical equipment and electronics, printing and publishing, transportation equipment, food processing, and machinery. Oranges, grapefruit, and other citrus fruits lead Florida's agricultural products list, followed by potatoes, melons, strawberries, sugar cane, peanuts, dairy products, and cattle.
Major tourist attractions are Miami Beach, Palm Beach, St. Augustine (founded in 1565, thus the oldest permanent city in the U.S.), Daytona Beach, and Fort Lauderdale on the East Coast; Sarasota, Tampa, and St. Petersburg on the West Coast; and Key West off the southern tip of Florida. The Orlando area, where Disney World is located on a 27,000-acre site, is Florida's most popular tourist destination. Also drawing many visitors are the NASA Kennedy Space Center's Spaceport USA, Everglades National Park, and the Epcot Center. (http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0108198.html)

Florida is the fourth most populous state in the U.S.

As of 2000, 76.91 percent of Florida residents age 5 and older spoke only English at home as a first language, while 16.46 percent spoke Spanish, and French-based creole languages (predominantly Haitian Creole) was spoken by 1.38 percent of the population. French was spoken by 0.83 percent, followed by German at 0.59 percent, and Italian at 0.44 percent of all residents. Florida's climate makes it a popular state for immigrants. Florida's public education system identifies over 200 first languages other than English spoken in the homes of students. In 1990, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) won a class action lawsuit against the state Department of Education that required educators to be trained in teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).
Article II, Section 9, of the Florida Constitution provides that "English is the official language of the State of Florida." This provision was adopted in 1988 by a vote following an Initiative Petition. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida)

Florida is mostly Protestant, but Roman Catholicism is the single largest denomination in the state. There is also a sizable Jewish community, located mainly in South Florida; no other Southern state has such a large Jewish population. Florida's current religious affiliations are shown in the table below:
Roman Catholic, 26%
Protestant, 40%
Baptist, 9%
Methodist, 6%
Pentecostal, 3%
Jewish, 3%
Muslim, 1%
other religions, 2%
non-religious, 16%

We must pray for our nations future leaders who are currently being educated in the state of Florida. Florida is home to 11 public universities, 28 community colleges, and 28 private universities. Hundreds of thousands of college student now reside in the state of Florida.

We also must pray for the evangelizing of the many senior citizens who make Flordia their home for at least part of the year.


Florida's nickname is the "Sunshine State", but severe weather is a common occurrence in the state. Central Florida is known as the lightning capital of the United States, as it experiences more lightning strikes than anywhere else in the country. Florida has the highest average precipitation of any state, in large part because afternoon thunderstorms are common in most of the state from late spring until early autumn. A fair day may be interrupted with a storm, only to return to sunshine. These thunderstorms, caused by collisions between airflow from the Gulf of Mexico and airflow from the Atlantic Ocean, pop up in the early afternoon and can bring heavy downpours, high winds, and sometimes tornadoes. Florida leads the United States in tornadoes per square mile (when including waterspouts but these tornadoes do not typically reach the intensity of those in the Midwest and Great Plains. Hail often accompanies the most severe thunderstorms.
Snow in Florida is a rare occurrence. During the Great Blizzard of 1899, Florida experienced blizzard conditions; the Tampa Bay area had "gulf-effect" snow, similar to lake-effect snow. The Great Blizzard of 1899 is the only time the temperature in the state is known to have fallen below 0 degrees Fahrenheit (−18 °C). The most widespread snowfall in Florida history happened on January 19, 1977, when snow fell over much of the state, as far south as Homestead. Snow flurries fell on Miami Beach for the only time in recorded history. A hard freeze in 2003 brought "ocean-effect" snow flurries to the Atlantic coast as far south as Cape Canaveral.
The 1993 Superstorm brought blizzard conditions to the panhandle, while heavy rain and tornadoes beset the peninsula. The storm is believed to have been similar in composition to a hurricane, and even brought storm surges of six feet or more to regions of the Gulf coast.
Although some storms have formed out of season, tropical cyclones pose a severe threat during hurricane season, which lasts from June 1 to November 30. Florida is the most hurricane-prone US state, with subtropical or tropical water on three sides and a lengthy coastline. It is rare for a hurricane season to pass without any impact in the state by at least a tropical storm. August to October is the most likely period for a hurricane in Florida.

Hurricane Andrew bearing down on Florida on August 23, 1992.
In 2004, Florida was hit by a record four hurricanes. Hurricanes Charley (August 13), Frances (September 4 – 5), Ivan (September 16), and Jeanne (September 25 – 26) cumulatively cost the state's economy US$42 billion. In 2005, Hurricane Dennis (July 10) became the fifth storm to strike Florida within eleven months. Later, Hurricane Katrina (August 25) passed through South Florida and Hurricane Rita (September 20) swept through the Florida Keys. Hurricane Wilma made landfall in Florida in the early morning of October 24 as a Category 3 hurricane, with the storm's eye hitting near Cape Romano, just south of Marco Island, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Florida was the site of the second costliest weather disaster in U.S. history, Hurricane Andrew, which caused more than US$25 billion in damage when it struck on August 24, 1992. In a long list of other infamous hurricane strikes are the 1926 Great Miami Hurricane, the 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane, the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, Hurricane Donna in 1960, and Hurricane Opal in 1995. Recent research suggests the storms are part of a natural cycle and not a result of Global Warming. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida)

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