From Franklin Graham: Prayers for Our Nation

By   •   January 31, 2017   •   Topics: , ,

Franklin Graham reads Scripture during the presidential inauguration ceremony.

On a rainy, chilly January 20 at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol, Donald Trump was sworn in as our nation’s 45th president, assuming the weighty responsibilities of leading our country for the next four years.

It was a moment that very few people believed could happen during the course of a bitterly contested campaign that virtually every media pundit and poll had swinging clearly to Hillary Clinton. Even the Trump contingent itself admitted on the eve of the election that in all likelihood their candidate would not carry the day.

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But, as I have said, I believe that God intervened to bring about the stunning results.

For 10 months, I had traveled across the country visiting every state capital, calling on God’s people to pray for our nation. I sensed at every stop that God was doing something special. Hundreds of thousands of people called on God to help our troubled nation, and I believe He heard our prayers.

When I was invited by President Trump to read from the Scriptures on Inauguration Day, I thought about which verses I should choose. After studying several passages, I decided to read from 1 Timothy:

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people” (1 Timothy 2:1-6).

“Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen” (1 Timothy 1:17).

I don’t have any doubt that it was the prayers of God’s people that changed the course of this election. It wasn’t prayers for a certain political party or candidate to win, because our hope is not in men or nations. Our hope is in Almighty God alone. Our prayers were for a spirit of repentance and sorrow for our sins that have brought us to this point, and for His mercy to heal, forgive and restore.

That’s why I believe the Lord led me to continue to stress the supreme importance of prayer for our new leadership in the days, months and years to come. I believe prayer has brought us to this turning point, and the intercession of God’s people is crucial if we are to see a return to the Biblical faith of our fathers, the faith that has guided and sustained our country for so long.

It is my feeling that the Lord has given us a brief window of opportunity for our nation to return to moral sanity and ignite genuine spiritual renewal. Perhaps, by God’s grace, the steady slide into the moral chaos brought about by a liberal, progressive agenda can be stopped, even reversed.

The past decade has seen an unprecedented moral decline in America, much of it endorsed by the past administration through its very public support of same-sex marriage, abortion and transgender rights. Additionally, there was systematic harassment and prosecution of Christian businesses across the nation.

While the rights of nearly every minority group in America were defended, the rights of Christians were trampled upon by numerous federal and state court rulings. The past administration granted leniency to virtually every minority group imagineable, while it targeted and opposed Christians who publicly stood up for their sincerely held religious beliefs.

The Bible says that “righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people” (Proverbs 14:34). The harvest that comes from repeated sinful behavior is bitter, but righteousness promotes individual and national well-being. There’s no doubt that God has richly blessed our nation in the past, and if we turn to Him in genuine repentance and faith, His favor and grace can rest upon us once again.

We pray to Almighty God, so that “we may live peaceful and quiet lives.” When our leaders truly rule with proper reverence for God and His laws, society experiences the satisfying effects.

For example, marriage between one man and one woman is God’s design. It produces the family stability that is the backbone of a well-ordered society, economically and relationally. Any law or government that seeks to redefine that meaning is flirting with disaster. The restraining influence of the church against the spread and infection of evil in our culture is critical for our survival.

We pray most of all that people will hear and respond to the Good News of the Gospel, so they will “be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth.”

Only the soul or spirit of man is immortal, living on forever either in the presence of God in Heaven, or away from the presence of God in hell.

So, as we enter 2017 with new leadership for our nation, the most critical thing you can do is pray, pray, pray.

Pray for President Donald Trump. Pray for Vice President Mike Pence. Pray for new cabinet members. Pray for the new nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. Pray for wisdom, clarity and humility before Almighty God. Pray for God’s healing for our nation, protection for our religious liberties and more opportunities to proclaim the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ to as many as possible.

Christ alone is the One Mediator who can save us. To Him alone belongs all glory.

He is our only hope.  ©2017 BGEA

Scripture quotations are taken from The Holy Bible, New International Version®, © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, with Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, sing a hymn during the 58th Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service at the Washington National Cathedral.

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  1. Mindy Vaughn says:

    I am thankful that Pastor Franklin Graham was part of the inauguration. I feel spiritual leadership through these emails. I am thankful to God for Donald Trump being president. I pray for God to continue to bless and lead the Franklin Graham ministry.

  2. sally southworth says:

    so happy to have found your site and look forward to your messages. God bless you!

  3. JoAnne Portzline says:

    Thanks to God who hears our prayers. This ministry is so very vital to our country.

  4. Mike Yoakam says:

    Thank you so much Franklin. You truly put forth so much effort to express to Americans that we need to turn our focus to God! I agree that it took a true leader to explain to America that we have turned our backs on the Judeo-Christian Principles our Nation was founded on! Christianity must flourish for our Nation to survive! God bless and keep up the great work and the fight for God’s children. Amen

  5. Carol Jones says:

    I will pray for our President and Vice President, our government and all of the citizens of r country to surrender all to GOD!!! Love this newsletter!!! God bless all of you who put this newsletter together. 🙏👑❤️

  6. Jeannie Smith says:

    We will continue to pray for President Trump and Vice President Pence that God will protect them and guide them in their decision making for our country. Thank you, Franklin Graham, for continuing to spread the Gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

  7. Catherine Duane says:

    Standing with you and other Christians.

  8. Donna O'Daniel says:

    Praise God for a courageous Christian leader like Franklin Graham who unashamedly proclaims the truth about what our nation needs–prayer to God and repentance for our sins. Please don’t ever stop proclaiming the truth and the TRUTH–JESUS CHRIST.

  9. Catherine Stachowiak says:

    I’m so grateful to see another generation of Christian leaders like Franklin taking up where others in the past have led. We need leaders who will keep reminding us to stay in prayer as a nation. I know Donald Trump is an imperfect sinner like the rest of us. But I believe God raised him up to give us an opportunity to get things on track politically too. Let’s please NOT drop the ball by living in a worldly way or becoming complacent about governing our nation. Let’s disciple our children through their daily education to follow God and live that example for them so that God will want to bless our nation. Perhaps there will be another Great Awakening if the church remains faithful in teaching God’s word rather than man made philosophies.

  10. William Gottipalli says:

    Prayer is the only answer for our problems. We pray togethe for His peace among all Nations. Amen.