How the Spirit Inspired 25 National Intercessors to Launch a Prayer Movement

A man bows his head in prayer.
A man bows his head in prayer. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

Mary Colbert is setting up a nationwide network of intercessors to cover the world's leaders in prayer. The new program, called Nation Builders, has 25 different leaders across the United States, and Colbert says it's still growing.

The program started during the 2016 election. Colbert says years ago, she heard from a patient who had received a prophetic word: Donald Trump would become president.

"I personally immediately knew and believed it was a word from God," Colbert said. "I really thought, in reading the details of it, this is so God. Because God is detailed, not general. And so I immediately became very excited about it, shared the word with almost every major minister in the country. I made copies and mailed it out to them, so that everybody would know that this was probably going to be the direction our Lord was going to take."

But as the election progressed, Colbert received a second word from the Lord: "Mary, I'm going to do what I said I would, but if you think this is going to happen without prayer, you need to think again."

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This word spurred Colbert to find a way to unite the body of Christ in prayer. With the help of her son, she set up a prayer conference call. Every morning, at 9:00 a.m. EST, Christian leaders would lead people in 15 minutes of deliberate prayer for the nation, for the election and for wisdom for those in authority. Colbert says one conference call included 100,000 people. She said most morning, the calls were so full of participants that people who called on time—at 9:00—couldn't even get in because the call was already packed.

"When God breathes on something and it's Him, all you have to do is be obedient and do what He tells you to do, and He breathes on it and it takes off," Colbert said. "There is no other way to explain it, how it took off. It took off in such a massive way that by the time we were coming to the end of the prayer, and of course our victory was ours, the next day I got inundated from people all over the country, thousands of calls and emails: 'Please don't stop it,' 'I've become used to this prayer every day.'"

This left Colbert in a difficult situation. She felt God had only instructed her to set up this prayer call for the time frame of the election.

"I can't go beyond what God has told me to do," Colbert said. "Even if people are pushing you, you can't go past what God has told you to do. Because then you're in the flesh, and you're in sin. Now the people are pressing in. So I went back and said, 'Father, what do you want me to do? All these thousands of people want to continue prayer.' And all of a sudden, it was like, 'Delegate it!'"

She invited leaders who were serious about continuing the call to set up a conference call in their own community. The leaders, dubbed Nation Builders, could set their own time for the prayer. Colbert says some Nation Builders have weekly calls, while others operate daily. And every leader is thoroughly vetted by the ministry before being given the Nation Builders platform. Twenty-five Nation Builders have already established regular prayer conference calls, and Colbert says more are being added.

Though the election is over, the prayer calls continue to focus on interceding for those in positions of authority. Colbert says that can be anyone from police officers and first responders to top-ranking politicians.

To find a Nation Builders call near you, check out the full listing below. For regular updates on new Nation Builders groups, visit www.marycolbert.us and sign up for her newsletter.

Full Prayer Hosts listing, organized by time zone:

DJ Daly - Eastern Standard Time
Hosting: Fridays
Time: 9:00-9:15am EST
Phone Number: 641-715-0700
Code: 230273

Pat McClure - Eastern Standard Time
Michigan
Hosting: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
Time: 8:00-8:15am EST
Phone Number: 641-715-0632
Code: 988133

Susie Mills - Eastern Standard Time
Ohio
Hosting: Thursdays
Time: 6:30-6:45pm EST
Phone Number: 712-832-8330
Code: 4943728

Abigail Greene - Eastern Standard Time
Michigan
Hosting: Saturdays
Time: 10:00-10:30am EST
Phone Number: 712-832-8310
Code: 991354 

Melissa Porreca - Eastern Standard Time
Ohio
Hosting: Wednesdays
Time: 9:00-9:15am EST
Phone Number: 712-451-0235
Code: 519106 

Gerri Vita - Eastern Standard Time
New York
Hosting: Tuesday & Sunday
Time: 8:30-9:15am EST
Phone Number: 712-451-0200
Code: 578103 

Denise Edwards - Eastern Standard Time
Michigan
Hosting: Monday-Friday
Time: 9:00-9:15am EST
Phone Number: 605-475-4120
Code: 5034950 

Lori Scott - Eastern Standard Time
ME, NH, VT, MA, RI & CT
Hosting: Monday-Friday
Time: 8:00-8:15am EST
Phone Number: 712-770-8023
Code: 907880 

Pastor Calton & Elvira Craig - Central Standard Time
Texas
Hosting: Monday - Friday
Time: 7:45-8:00am CST
Phone Number: 712-770-4010
Code: 373267 

Amy Ruth Tekiah - Central Standard Time
Alabama
Hosting: Fridays
Time: 8:00-8:15am CST
Phone Number: 712-770-4010
Code: 790864

Judith Angel- Central Standard Time
Texas
Hosting: Monday - Friday
Time: 8:00-8:15am CST
Phone Number: 712-451-0242
Code: 422307 

Jeff Lamprecht - Central Standard Time
North Dakota + South Dakota
Hosting: Daily
Time: 7:45-8:00am CST
Phone Number: 641-715-0634
Code: 192899

Lois Christy - Central Standard Time
Arkansas
Hosting: Tuesday & Thursday
Time: 8:00-8:15am CST
Phone Number: 641-715-0632
Code: 988661

Beverly Gadbois - Mountain Standard Time
Colorado
Hosting: Fridays
Time: 10:00-10:15am MST
Phone Number: 641-715-3273
Code: 446532 

Paul & Elizabeth Kosydar - Pacific Standard Time
Prayer Starts December 2nd, 2016
Hosting: Fridays
Time: 6:00-6:15am PST
Phone Number: 515-604-9300
Code: 389789 

Carrie McFarland - Pacific Standard Time
California
Hosting: Monday & Thursday
Time: 6:00-6:15am PST
Phone Number: 515-739-1285
Code: 954858
 
Debbie McCallister - Pacific Standard Time
West Coast
Hosting: Monday & Thursday
Time: 9:00-9:15am PST
Phone Number: 605-475-4121
Code: 8552747 

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