Billy Graham: America Needs Our Prayers More than Ever

By   •   July 29, 2013

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.

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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  1. Don Edmonds says:

    The signs of the time is showing us that we could be in the last days and we need to prepare to meet God and to win as mean as possible but prayer is the key because the Father and the Holy Spirit must call them and to pray for revival. Thank you for your pray for our nation May the angels and the Father bless you Ps 91:11 angels watch over you and pless you in all that you do on this and every project.

  2. Jan Mullen says:

    Reverend Graham is a wonderful servant of the Lord and we give thanks to God for sending him to us and for all the lost souls he has brought to you, Lord, we give thanks. We pray that even in his later years, he will, by his latest works, bring many more lost ones to come to know the peace of having Jesus in your life and to know Jesus Christ personally and what he has done for us sinners. Thanks be to God. Amen

  3. Diane says:

    Thank you Father God for bringing us your servant, Billie Graham for all of these years. My prayer is that “My Hope America” will bring us ALL back to the beginning of our love for the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Open our hearts Lord.

  4. faye says:

    .I am so looking forward to watching my hope America use to my ex-husband would just flip the t.v. off of a station that I would be watching Billy Graham Crusade on so now I can and have watched a lot of Billy Graham classics .

  5. Linda Glaze Dozier says:

    I thank you Rev. Graham for your lifetime of preaching God's word.I pray that your message will reach every heart in America.We need to pray and pray for our great nation and her people and that we will again put God first in our life.Cullman,AL

  6. Dawood says:

    May many souls even more than the number you led to Christ before this coming birthday be led to the LORD in a very personal relationship.

  7. Sylvia says:

    The Bible is the living Word. Thank you for spreading the truth of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. I pray for the second Coming!

  8. Royce says:

    MY BRETHREN,B.GRAHAMI heared of you some way back and im praying for you.may the grace of GOD be with you always.ROYCE RASS

  9. Reginalda Kopf says:

    I pray that billy have the strength and he will be delivering the message that God himself had prepared him to deliver so. God bless you Billy Graham

  10. sylvester says:

    Thank you Pap. Graham, for again bringing hope to this nation through your commitment. Could you give us a copy of your prayer for this nation so that we may all daily agree with you in it! Please incorporate all those in authority in any way. Thanks