Praying for 2012: A Significant Year

By   •   December 28, 2011

Dear Friend,

We are beginning a new year, and I believe we are facing what could be one of the most significant years in our nation’s history. While we prepare to choose our political leaders in the upcoming elections, our country is in a mess—morally, economically, and spiritually. People are anxious about the future, and many have lost any hope in the political process.

During election season we hear a lot about effecting change, but the only change that will help our nation is a true change of the human heart. The Bible says that “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick” (Jeremiah 17:9, ESV) and there is no cure except for men and women to repent of their sin, ask God’s forgiveness, and accept His salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ.

I hear of people praying for revival and that our nation will turn around. We need God’s help. That is the only answer for our country and for our sin-sick world.

We need your prayers as we respond to many opportunities God has given us to proclaim the transforming power of the Gospel throughout 2012.

On the first anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan, we will be holding a major evangelistic Crusade in the city of Sendai, located at the epicenter of the quake. Many are praying that God will bring blessing out of tragedy by opening the hearts of thousands of Japanese people who need to find “hope in our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 1:3).

From Japan I will travel to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on the anniversary of the EF5 tornado that ripped through the northwest part of the state, killing hundreds of people and obliterating entire communities. The mayor of Tuscaloosa has asked me to participate in a prayer service, and I believe it will be a powerful testimony of God’s sustaining grace in the midst of great suffering.

Meanwhile, my son Will and a BGEA team will head to Texas for a pair of three-day Crusades scheduled on consecutive weekends in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. A large number of churches are participating in preparations for these evangelistic outreaches.

Then in April, I will head to the West African nation of Ghana, where the churches have come together and asked us to bring the Gospel to their country. A number of Ghanaian church leaders were in Liberia last year at our Crusade, and they saw firsthand how the proclamation of God’s Word can transform the human heart. A few weeks after Ghana we will turn our sights to Eastern Europe, where we will hold an evangelistic Crusade in the historic city of Budapest, Hungary, and a special Rock the Baltics Festival in Riga, Latvia.

From there, we will head back across the Atlantic to the Great Lakes region of our own nation for a series of region-wide evangelistic events in cities like Rochester, Buffalo, and Green Bay. We’re calling this Rock the Lakes, and as we preach the Gospel, we’re trusting God to save thousands of souls.

To do these things, we need and count on God’s people for help. We are not able—spiritually, physically, or financially—to plan and carry out projects like this without the prayers and support of friends like you.

Throughout 2012, I’m sure you will hear plenty of promises from politicians that they either can’t keep or have no intention of keeping. But let me make this promise to you: I will use every opportunity we are given to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a dying world in desperate need of hope. We will boldly proclaim the Savior in the face of the secularists, the atheists, and every other person, thing, or creed that opposes the Name of Jesus Christ.

I can’t think of any better investment you could make in the coming year than to partner in the work of the life-changing Gospel.

The Apostle Paul said, “One thing I do: … I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13–14). That’s our prayer for 2012, to single-mindedly press toward the goal of seeing as many people as possible come to saving faith in Jesus Christ. There’s nothing more valuable than a soul.

Thank you for all you do, and may God richly bless you and your family in the new year.
         

Sincerely,

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Franklin Graham
President

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38 Comments

  1. Annie says:

    Like The Flower, Which holds its dew….., You….., Rev. Billy Graham, Your Family And Your Ministry BGEA….., Hold Me, When I….., Need You…..! Thanks For….., Always Being….., There….., Amen!

  2. Annie says:

    Thank You LORD, Through Your servant, Rev. Billy Graham, You shook the world. Now LORD, Use Rev. Franklin Graham, to shake the world, and as it is written, Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand awe of Him, Amen!

  3. DON says:

    THANK GOD FOR BGEA. YOUR OUTSTANDING WORK FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS THE MOST MAGNIFICENT OUTREACH OF ALL TIME.

  4. Sandy says:

    We will be praying for you and anxious to see hearts turning to God and a revival that is HUGE. Is the Detroit area part of your Great Lakes tour? God's richest blessing on all of you and may you be safe everywhere you go.

  5. Billie says:

    The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is a blessing to so many people all over the world. God is taking care of His people through you. May God Bless you and everyone that is involved with the Association. Giving God the Glory.

  6. Rene says:

    May the peace of our Lord Jesus be upon each and everyone of you in the BGEA throughout the 2012 New Year. May God Bless you and your families and protect you all from the evil one. In Jesus' name in pray this.

  7. Pat says:

    May God Bless BGEA!

  8. Jara says:

    I am so grateful to have the Billy Graham Ministry in my lifetime. I have been following you for many years. I have your daily devotion and pray for you daily. GOD bless you all.

  9. Cliff says:

    BGEA, you do an outstanding effort in proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. I pray that Christians everywhere will be more unified so we can present a powerful witness to the world of God's love. Happy New Year to all.

  10. Nancy says:

    May God continue to richly bless your ministry and the search for HIS truth in a decaying world. I stand with you and BGEA to reach a world and people searching for something they are in so desperate need of. God bless you!