Missouri is a beautiful state with a powerful destiny. It is located in the "heartland" of America and is known as the "gateway to the west", and "the Show Me state".
Missouri is an important industrial and farming state. Its location and its two great rivers (the Missouri and the Mississippi) have made Missouri a center of water, land and air transportation. Missouri has more caves, more free-flowing streams, more springs and more types of wildflowers than any other state. Missouri and Tennessee are the only two states in the nation bordered by eight other states—Missouri's neighbors are Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
Missouri's anointing and call as a gatekeeper is both natural and spiritual. The physical gate to the west is located in St. Louis, Missouri; the spiritual gate is the Kansas-Missouri border. It is the spiritual dividing line of our nation.
Missouri has a destiny born out of God's plan to flow through the heartland, showing forth His glory, and demonstrating His power. Much of our prophetic destiny is written in the geography of our land.
Missouri is the "Show me state". We cry out as Moses to "Show us your glory, Lord" (Exodus 33).
Missouri is the "cave state"; we are called to go deeper in God, knowing His heart and mind. "Deep calls to deep" (Psalms 42:7) and to come out of our caves to take our place on the wall of intercession.
Missouri has two great rivers. This is a place for the river of God to flow. (Ezekiel 47).
Missouri has eight neighbors: Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Nebraska. This is the Good Samaritan state and also a state of great influence.
Missouri embraces ten regions with great diversity. We are not only diversified geographically, but economically, and culturally as well. We will love unconditionally, not based on physically identity, but on spiritual identity.
Missouri's soil, especially along the Missouri River, is rich and ideal to grow grapes for Missouri's 39 vineyards. This is a place for the "new wine" and the new wineskin of apostolic/prophetic five-fold ministry to be formed.
As I read of the Promised Land that the children of Israel were sent to possess, I think of Missouri. "For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing forth in valleys and hills: a land of wheat and barley, and vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey; a land in which you shall eat food without shortage and lack nothing in it, a land whose stones are iron and out of whose hills you can dig copper. When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the Lord your God for all the good land which He has given you." Deut. 8:7-10
This land of Missouri is the Promised Land of His Presence where we must defeat the giants of past history, accusation, labels, and fear, where we must believe the Lord and His prophets and succeed or listen to the voice of the faithless, where we must remove the false idols of greed, compromise, and death and establish the Lordship of Jesus Christ over our homes, government, churches, schools, and entertainment. It is our challenge to be of the same spirit as Joshua and Caleb who spied out the land, and brought a "good" report.
"…The land through which we passed as scouts is an exceedingly good land. If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land flowing with milk and honey. Only do not rebel against the Lord, neither fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. Their defense and the shadow of protection is removed from over them; but the Lord is with us, Fear them not." Numbers 14:7-9
Something "good" is coming out of Missouri. This is the good land that the Lord has called us to. We are coming out of our past pain and devastation into the promised land of His Presence, but we must defeat the giants that loom over us, rising up as a New Creation declaring our prophetic destiny, expanding our territory, and receiving our inheritance as the Lord designed. When the Lord carved Missouri out of the Louisiana Purchase, He saw what He created, and said, "This is good."