Franklin Graham: Praying for the Next Great Awakening

By   •   July 9, 2014

Franklin Graham

Dear Friend,

Hardly a day passes that I don’t hear someone say, “We are losing our country; we are losing our churches.”

While doomsday appears to be knocking at our door, let me take you back to the early 1800s. Many think of it as “the good old days,” but history tells us that society, even then, was as bad as it could get at that time. John Marshall, chief justice of the United States Supreme Court, wrote to President James Madison and said, “The church is too far gone ever to be redeemed.” When we examine why, we find that preachers had stopped preaching the whole Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the people were not hearing God’s Word.

What changed? Christians began to diligently pray for revival—and the result was the Second Great Awakening. When people’s prayers stormed the heavens, and when the Bible was opened in the pulpits and the Word of God proclaimed by passionate preachers, the church was awakened from slumber by the Holy Spirit, who moved in hearts, spreading revival throughout the heartland of America.

There have been several Great Awakenings in our nation’s history. When I read about them, I always go back to the Old Testament, to a time in which Israel had once again turned its back on God. When its people came to their senses, they gathered and asked Ezra the scribe to bring the Word of the Lord to them. The Bible tells us that Ezra stood upon a pulpit of wood, and he opened the book in the sight of all the people (see Nehemiah 8).

Our hope and desire—and our prayer—here at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is to stir up followers of Jesus Christ to pray and ask for a great awakening of the church. Through the My Hope America outreach, we have already seen the results of what happens when God’s truth is proclaimed. Just last year, multiplied thousands of souls were won to Jesus Christ, and Christians across the country have asked us to continue providing more My Hope evangelistic programming and resources.

This year, as part of My Hope 2014, we are preparing a brand-new film, including a never-before-released message from my father. While he is no longer able to stand in the pulpit to proclaim the Word of God, we have captured on video God’s Word that burns in his heart. Last summer as he was taping his message on The Cross, which was released on his 95th birthday in November, he also shared his thoughts on Heaven, and we are excited about bringing it to you this fall. We had no idea at that time how God would direct us to use this message on Heaven, but it is now being developed into a powerful new program that also includes compelling testimonies of changed lives. Please pray with us that the Holy Spirit will use it to transform the hearts and lives of countless people who will realize the hope of eternity in Heaven.

The new 30-minute film will be made available, at no charge, to churches for use across the country as we did last year. Please encourage your church to get involved in praying and planning so that this message can be used effectively in your community. The program will also be televised as well as available for download via the Internet.

We plan to do a new evangelistic My Hope film every year for the next several years and make it available for churches and individuals to use to win souls.

Prayer is the key to reaching lost people for Christ, and I hope you will begin praying now for neighbors, co-workers, friends, and family who do not know Jesus Christ as Savior. Make a point to pray for your church and other churches in your community, asking God to stir up an ever-increasing urgency for evangelism.

The My Hope America films from last year are still being actively used for outreach, and you can view them online by visiting MyHopeWithBillyGraham.org. You can also get a copy on DVD to share with unsaved friends right now or to give your pastor as a sample of what is coming. If you need one, call us at 1-877-7MY-HOPE (1-877-769-4673).

Thank you for supporting this work. We know that there is no more urgent task than sharing the Gospel and inviting people to respond, because the consequences—either way—are eternal. Jesus said, “There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents” (Luke 15:10, NKJV). And for you and me, there is no greater joy than to have part in bringing someone to repentance and saving faith in the Savior.

I hope you will participate in My Hope 2014. It’s not too early to get started now. We count on your prayers and we need your financial support to make it happen.

May God richly bless you,
Franklin Graham Signature
Franklin Graham
President

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95 Comments

  1. Rebecca Nixon says:

    A fire burns in me to reach the lost. I see homeless people, down and out and my heart fills this love and compssion, love of God. I often pray right away for these people will enter the kingdom of God. There is no better way to serve God than allowing God to come upon you and and speek the Gospel to the lost that they might be saved and that their needs would be met, both physical and spirital. I love the Lord with all my heart, and I want others to know His greart love for them so they will hae a hope and a promise. Hope is very important and we must continue to pray for the lost and reach them for Christ. Rebecca

  2. Jeanne Kemper says:

    Your message has inspirwd me and I had almost given up hope.

  3. Douglas Moorman says:

    Jesus saved me. I was in a coma with ards in 1992 the drs told my wife i would not live but God is a miracle maker im proof

  4. MISIANI ANUNDAH ANDREW says:

    thanks alot.am really greatfull for the ministry that God has bestored upon you.am thankful for the inspiring messages i recieve from you and may the Almighty Gog bless you bso much.

  5. Holly Mayer says:

    Many Christians are saying that there is revival going on here and around the world! We can have faith! Many churches in many cities have city wide prayer meetings once a month, and many are experiencing healing, miracles, and salvation! I would like for all who read this to seek God’s call on your life, and do it. Also, to seek God’s will for each decision and wait for his answer, as Jesus says in John 10, “I know my sheep and my sheep know my voice”. He’s your best friend! God bless you all!

  6. Tammy Zeiger says:

    Hello,
    I love the simple messages your father was able to put together to share the Gospel. My son at 9, went to a crusade, and went down to accept Jesus as his Lord and Savior! Thank you for all you do to continue sharing and offering hope to all people!!

  7. J. Burke says:

    Thank you for all of your hard work, dedication; and all of your efforts invested in leading lost souls to Jesus Christ! Acts 2:17

  8. Dr. Patricia Horton says:

    I realize that our country needs revival more than ever before — I wish we were in a position to be of help (monetarily) — but all we can do is PRAY at this time.

  9. Hattie King says:

    I have watched your father preach ,teach and deliver God’s message since I was in my early teens on TV and it truly saddens my heart of his illness. I have never dreamed I would never hear his voice again or while flipping through the channels today that he is no longer there. I have prayed for him ever since I heard he wasn’t feeling well. Your father has impacted my life and so many billions of others and believe the first I heard real teaching and preaching!! How blessed you are for having such an extraordinary father in your lives!! I only wish I could have met him but you know you look exactly like him!! Actually it was you I saw the first after he wasn’t on and you made me look a second time. Lol.God Bless you all!!!