Billy Graham’s My Answer

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From time to time, our pastor urges us to pray for our nation, but sometimes I wonder why we should bother. Does it really do any good?


July 4 is the day our nation pauses to remember the signing of the Declaration of Independence by our courageous forefathers. It’s also a day when each of us should pause to thank God for the blessings He has granted us as a nation — blessings we must never take for granted.

I commend your pastor for urging people to pray for our country. It’s the most important thing we can do to secure our nation’s future — for unless we pray, we have no assurance that God will continue to bless us. Why should we pray for our nation and its leaders? One reason is because God has commanded it in His Word, the Bible. The Bible tells us to pray “for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives” (1 Timothy 2:2).

But praying for our nation also reminds us that we are dependent on God for everything we are and everything we have. Who gave us our natural resources? Who helped us defeat those who were determined to take away our freedoms? Who watches over us every day of our lives and safeguards us from the schemes of those who would destroy us? I can’t help but recall King David’s prayer many centuries ago: “Wealth and honor come from you…. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all” (1 Chronicles 29:12).

Our nation isn’t perfect — but don’t ever think it’s useless to pray, for it’s not. How much worse off would we be if people didn’t pray? Take time to pray for our nation and its leaders — both today, and every day.

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  1. MarkEmerson says:

    I truly Love the Lord. But I do not understand why my mother and little brother took their lives. This has caused me a great deal of pain. I can not see this as a trial. Why?

  2. Debbie Stebens says:

    I look forward to my read with Descion. Reverend Graham’s answer is so comforting. And treasures my faith in Christ and my journey with him.

  3. Michael Ascani says:

    How arrogant can we be? Christians that do not or would not pray for the nation and its leaders. Keep in mind, we all were lost at one time. The Lord found us and made us righteous. Someones’ pray was answered for us when we accepted Christ. I try to stay aware to the fact that the lost cannot and will not change their views, they are lead by the wrong father. Only when they come to Christ, will they be able to think and have the opportunity to reveal righteous through their new Father. So be Christ like and pray for ALL the lost which includes the leaders of this nation. Instead of wasting you time and energy on the debate of the worlds view, give them the Good News Of Jesus Christ, then pray for them. Then the truth will set them free.

  4. Millicent Waterman says:

    In Luke 18:1 Jesus himself said: Men ought always pray and not faint. Remember then, too, there was a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. Our corporate, non-stop prayers are so much needed that it behoves each one of us, child of God, to pray without ceasing and also call others to prayer. If ever there was a time for prayer, it is surely now. Then, let us pray fervent prayers, for the prayer of the righteous availeth much.

  5. Carol Combe says:

    I wish sometimes we could remember Independence Day for what it’s all about on July 4th AND THEN remember Thanksgiving Day by another name: DEPENDENCE DAY, for all those who truly believe that without God’s generosity we would be lost. Lately, when I hear people exclaim thanksgiving, I want to ask them just whom are you thanking. I don’t hear the name of God in their “Thanks”. People of the USA need to be reminded it is God we a giving this THANKS to . And it’s all this POLITICAL CORRECTNESS that is driving God HIMSELF out of the picture.