God at Work in the Speaker Race – Intercessors for America

God is and has been at work in the battle for choosing a speaker of the House. Don’t miss this testimony from IFA board member Cynthia Dunbar.

The Enemy is a defeated foe. He holds no cards. The only way he can hold any sway is to deceive. This has always been his strategy. Even from his first attack on humanity, his strategy has been to convey to us that he holds some coveted gift that God has not already bestowed. In short, his tactic is to try to convince the Bride that God is holding out on us, and that there is still something that we must receive only from him, that is, the Enemy. Well, that was a lie then (because mankind was already like God, as we were created in the image of God), and it is a lie now. Satan has nothing. All authority has been given to Christ Jesus, and we, as joint heirs with Him, need to finally realize this and to begin walking in the victory Christ has purchased for us. We need to be living and moving and having our very being in the resurrected Christ — not anxiously pleading for God to still move on our behalf. This, I am convinced, is what it means for us to be finally manifest as the sons of God for which all creation is groaning.

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So, why the lengthy theological reminder? It’s because I far too often see the Enemy getting us to take our eyes off Christ and the completed works of the cross, to place them onto the chaos of the circumstances that surround us. By thus causing us to shift our gaze, he can begin spinning a false narrative. He is the father of lies, after all; that is what he does: lie. But, to quote a beautiful hymn: “… the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.” It is time for the Church to realize that we are operating not to gain victory, but from a place of victory — victory in Jesus. And He watches over His Word to perform it. In this testimony that I share with you, we see that He is indeed watching over the promise that the effectual, fervent prayer of the righteous does avail much. And the good news of the gospel is that we are righteous, as Christ has taken away our filthy rags and replaced them with His righteousness (see 2 Corinthians 5:21).

On Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, I was sitting alone in prayer. I was praying very generically for the world and for our nation. Out of nowhere, the Lord spoke very clearly to me the following:

“Pray boldness over Congressman Michael Johnson in this season. Pray that he may walk in strength tempered in grace, that he may boldly speak forth truth, and that his words will be a beacon of hope to the nation.”

I then called a friend, a solid Christian who is congressional district director for another congressman, and told her what I had heard. She informed me that Rep. Johnson’s name was not even being considered for speaker, and she was curious as to why I was praying this specifically over him. I told her simply: “Because the Lord has told me to pray for him.” She then agreed to pray along with me.

Fast-forward to Wednesday afternoon. I received a call from this same friend with whom I had prayed Saturday. She was in tears as she told me that the vote to elect Congressman Michael Johnson as the next speaker of the House of Representatives had been UNANIMOUS within the party!

She then explained to me what few would understand, but which intercessors need to know: Given the climate in the House of Representatives right now, a unanimous vote was humanly impossible. This vote was a miracle and an answer to prayer!

She then thanked me for being obedient to reach out to her on Saturday, as that had prompted her to pray too and also to share my message with others on Capitol Hill. Rep. Johnson has even stated personally that he had been praying, and that even though he had never considered running, on Saturday the Lord made it clear to him that he was to run.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — OCT. 25: Newly elected U.S. Speaker of the House Mike Johnson, R-La., delivers remarks after the House of Representatives held an election in the U.S. Capitol. After a contentious nominating period that saw four candidates over a three-week period, Johnson was voted in. He succeeds former Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who was ousted on Oct. 4 in a move led by a small group of conservative members of his own party. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images.) Note the Bible on the podium.

This is the essence of Intercessors for America. God inspires/prompts/leads us to pray in accordance with His will, and then He allows us the joy and privilege of witnessing His miraculous answers to the prayers He has prompted. He could do it all without us, but instead He chooses to use us. And sometimes His action is conditioned on the prayers of His saints in response to His prompting.

God gave me a prophetic prayer, and now we see that the effectual, fervent prayers of the righteous did avail much. We have witnessed firsthand the promise of Haggai 2 that God’s shaking serves as a blessing to remove many who are in power to replace them with those He has chosen, who bear His signet ring of authority.

I pray that this testimony encourages you.


Undeniably, the power of intercession played an integral part in this entire situation. What seemed like a situation of chaos and confusion was in fact an orchestrated means of God’s manifesting HIS sovereignty and authority on this earth.

I hope that you will share this testimony widely as an encouragement to all intercessors. Also, I want to encourage us all to continue to pray what God said to pray, because Johnson’s election as speaker is not the end of the story. God gave us the prayer points: Johnson will need to be bold, to walk in strength tempered in grace, and to be equipped to speak forth words of hope over our nation. By praying as God has directed us to pray, may we see this new speaker of the House empowered by the Holy Spirit to stay the course.

I hope this blesses you as much as it has me. God is moving, and we have a hope that must not be ashamed!

Please share this testimony to encourage the faith of a friend!

Cynthia Dunbar is an attorney, an author, a constitutional scholar, a professor of government, a former law professor, and an IFA board member. She is co-host with Dave Kubal of IFA’s Constitutional Corner. Visit Freedom Focus to view Cynthia’s video shorts, or click here to arrange a speaking engagement for your next event. Photo credit: Lunamarina/Canva Pro.

We recommend watching Speaker Johnson’s remarks here. His speech will encourage you and build your faith even more:

Additionally, we found this tweet showcasing Speaker Johnson’s faith. Thank You Lord for putting a man of such strong faith in this position!

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