Billy Graham: America Needs Our Prayers More than Ever

By   •   July 29, 2013

Billy Graham on My Hope

Dear Friend,

At my age, there are a lot of things that health and strength no longer permit me to do. Sometimes when Franklin is visiting, I jokingly offer him this advice: “Don’t get old!” But there are still many things I can do, and one of them is pray. I’ve been praying fervently that we might have a fresh spiritual awakening in America.

If ever there was a time this country needed the intervention of God, it is now. We can and should pray for America as a whole, but remember that when God sets out to change a nation, He begins by changing people. It starts with individuals. The more I pray, the more deeply I feel that My Hope America is the right outreach for this country today.

I am already hearing reports about the people who have given their hearts to Christ this summer during the early phases of this outreach, and it thrills me.

In November, the month I turn 95, we will have a new My Hope America video/TV special available across the country—several wonderful, real-life stories of people whose lives were transformed by Jesus Christ interwoven with a message from my heart about the healing power of the Gospel. I’m already at work on this.

Along with all the encouraging visits from grandchildren and great-grandchildren this summer, I’ve had a video camera crew helping me tape, from my home, the things I feel strongly that God is leading me to say to America. Please pray that God will work in the completion of this program and that He will use it in a mighty way.

You can invite people you know to watch the program with you in November. Ask God to touch their hearts as they watch. Thousands and thousands of believers in every part of the country are preparing to do that.

Who do you know—loved ones, friends, co-workers—who need to understand and experience the life-changing power of the Gospel? Are you praying faithfully for them, right now, specific people you long to see transformed now and for eternity?

God longs to see them transformed as well, and He invites you to partner with Him as He seeks to draw them to Himself. If you want to see someone’s heart healed and eternal future secured, you must be praying.

A Christian may feel unsure, at times, of how best to do that. God understands. The Bible says that “we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us” (Romans 8:26, NASB). That means that when we intentionally and faithfully lift the names of our lost friends and loved ones to the throne room of Heaven, it is the Holy Spirit who is pleading, mourning, and praying through us. In this way we become actual partners with God—”workers together with Him” (2 Corinthians 6:1, NKJV)—and our efforts are raised from the low plane of doubt and hesitancy to the high plane of creativeness with God.

As a co-laborer with God, you need not be anxious about how to make it all work. You cannot draw anyone to Christ, but God can. “For thus says the Lord God: ‘Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out’” (Ezekiel 34:11). Ask Him to do that.

Make sure your pastor knows about My Hope America—already more than 16,000 churches in all 50 states have signed up to participate. Meanwhile, I encourage you to sign up right now as an individual (see the enclosed insert). Plan to go through a My Hope America training session at a church in your area or take the easy online training at home (you’ll need about three hours total, spread out at your own pace). There is no fee or cost.

This is a huge undertaking, but we strongly believe the outreach and all needed materials should remain free of charge to those who participate. We are trusting God for the financial resources, and we are asking Him to lay it on your heart to help with a generous and sacrificial gift for My Hope America.

Most of all, we ask for your prayers and participation so that the hope of the Gospel can touch not only people across the nation, but people you personally know and care about. The Bible says, “Let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely” (Revelation 22:17). Join me in asking God to give people that thirst.

Warmly,
Billy Graham

P.S. People need real hope in their lives, and they also need real peace. But in a world filled with daily anxieties and sometimes epic problems, is peace even possible? My longtime friend Stuart Briscoe—who was born in England, served in the Royal Marines, and has been a well-known pastor for decades—explores that question in a wonderful book called A Peace of My Mind, a moving narrative that weaves together Scripture, history, and personal life stories. When you send a gift to BGEA this month, we’ll send the book as our thank-you.

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350 Comments

  1. greg says:

    God blesses this country / and we call it Billy Graham.

  2. Judith says:

    God bless you Rev. Billy Graham for the wonderful works that you have been doing for so many years. You are a true servant of God. The world needs many more dedicated people like you.

  3. Wilson says:

    In 1957 at the old Madison Square Garden I came to Christ as Savior. Thank you Mr. Graham. Most of all I thank God for Jesus's death on that cross that I might be forgiven of sin and born of His Holy Spirit.Thank you for preaching the Gospel.

  4. Joy says:

    God bless you Pastor Billy Graham. I am excited that you are still alive evangelizing the world, especially, America,building the church of Christ.I pray for a great revival and repentance for our dear country America and for all.

  5. Bob says:

    God blesses those who give, I personally have been blessed by supporting Billy Graham ministries for many years, I encourage those who can give if only five dollars to this ministry.

  6. Cheryl says:

    I thank The Lord for you, your family and the association outreach. All of you have faithfully pointed us to our only hope in this world and to our eternal life after. Jesus truly is the way, the truth, and the life. Dr. Graham “Happy Birthday!”

  7. Linda says:

    I heard Billy when I was 13 and have never forgotten him. I pray God will send his angels to give new energy to Billy and his voice will echo in the hearts of many. Love to you Billy.

  8. Connie says:

    I've watched the Billy Graham crusades all my life. I'm praying that “My Hope America Project” will see many people saved. May God bless each and everyone involved. Thank you Brother Graham for being a true man of God and giving us a Christ live by.

  9. Rodney says:

    God Bless Rev Billy Graham. America needs to repent. 8/19/2013

  10. j.prior says:

    May Gods bless you and your work, and for America