A Fresh Vision for America

By From the Desk of Billy Graham   •   November 8, 2012

All of us care a great deal about our country. The intensity of opinions and feelings during the long political campaign showed the depth of that concern.

Now with the votes counted, it is important to remember that whether we are personally pleased with the outcome or not, God wants us to pray for those chosen to be our leaders—at the national, state, and local levels. The Bible urges us to do so with both respect and thanksgiving (see 1 Peter 2:17; 1 Timothy 2:1–3).

We must also remember that no election will ever solve America’s most basic problems. That is because the trouble, at its root, is in the human heart, and the only path to true restoration—for a person or for a nation—is through repentance. The Bible says, “Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19–20, ESV).

Only the Gospel, God’s Good News, has the power to change lives, heal hearts, and restore a nation.

I want that to happen in America, and I know you want that as well. I turned 94 on the day after the election. Although my age and health have limited me physically in recent years, I plan to spend the next 12 months, if God permits, doing all that I am able to do in helping to carry out a fresh vision God has given us—a vision to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to every possible place in America by the time of my 95th birthday. It’s called My Hope, and I pray that you will partner with us.

In the days of the Prophet Jeremiah, God commanded His people to “seek the peace and prosperity” of the land where He had placed them and to “pray to the Lord for it” (Jeremiah 29:7, NIV). I ask you to join me in committing the next 52 weeks to faithful, even fervent, prayer for this land in which we live. You can start by making a list of people you know personally who need Jesus Christ and then begin praying regularly for them, individually by name.

Pray also for your neighborhood and your city, asking God to bring men, women, teens, and children—people from your own community—to Himself during the next 12 months. And pray along with me for the nation, asking God for mercy on America and for a great spiritual awakening.

My son Franklin is spearheading this vision and outreach, working in partnership with thousands of churches across every state in the country (ask your pastor if your church plans to take part). Franklin will be sending you more details on how this will work through the coming months and how you can participate.

At the climax of My Hope one year from now, if God enables me, I want to call the entire nation to repentance and lasting hope in Jesus Christ. The message I give will be presented in a fresh format, different from preaching at a Crusade, but the same Gospel. I believe we will see God work in a mighty way.

It is my passionate, heartfelt desire to see God change hearts and lives in every community in America, and I pray He will stir the same desire in you.

Will you join Franklin and me in this bold venture?

May God bless you,

P.S. Please pray for America, a nation in desperate need of the Gospel, and for God’s great blessing on this vital outreach. We also ask for your financial help to begin an undertaking that may well be the largest we have ever attempted in the United States in our 60-plus years of evangelistic ministry.
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20 Comments

  1. Victoria says:

    ….This is it Billy! I thank God for keeping you Strong and using you even more! Will continue to pray for you!

  2. Dusttin says:

    I agree with you Billy when you say that we are all looking for something. Yet we don't know what that something is. Jesus is the easiest to seek without feeling lost. Lets not praise sports figures, unrealistic superheroes. Praise Jesus.

  3. Paul says:

    Where were we when the world needed salt or a light. We do not need a revival for a nation but for ourselves first. Lets have all those called by His name gather first and recommit our bodies as living sacrafices and depart as soildiers for our King

  4. Sandy says:

    We desparately need a spiritual awakening in America and the rest of the world. What a blessing to hear Billy Graham preach one more time in these last days. Pray that through the ministry of “My Hope” that millions will be saved!!

  5. pete says:

    Bro. Billy/bro. Franklin; What great encouragement you 2 are to me.I love you both dearly and JESUS loves you more. I believe the vision you have will come to pass and millions will be saved. i`ll be praying that GOD pours his annointing on you both

  6. Karyn says:

    Can't wait to get going. I'm making my list prayer list tonight and will contact my church this Sunday for My Hope!

  7. JEP says:

    Yes!! America needs the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ-to change people's lives from inside out.I am praying with you in this new vision of 2/13.May God bless you much.

  8. Larry says:

    I pray for God to bless you Bro.Billy Graham , and Franklin. I know the USA is need of a move of God and We will be praying for his movement again. I look forward to hearing your words in Nov. God Bless. EVG-Larry j

  9. Wilma says:

    Bro. Billy I am on a fixed income and can't give like I would like to but I can pray and get pray changes going for American I give Bible Studies on the internet.

  10. Virgie says:

    ThanK you for taking on a task that is well needed to get the message out and bring God back into the belief of love and following His Commandment. I am ready to get involved.