Franklin Graham: How You Can Pray for America

By   •   July 3, 2017   •   Topics: ,

This article originally appeared on July 1, 2010.

As Americans celebrate July 4 and remember those who fought and died for our freedom, we need to take time to pray for our soldiers.

We should also pray for our national leaders. Regardless of whether we agree with our country’s policies, we have a biblical mandate to do this.

The Apostle Paul—who knew what it was like to lose his freedom—wrote to Timothy, “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—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” (1 Timothy 2:1-3, NIV).

As you pray, ask that your congressional representatives, judges, governors and all others in positions of authority will seek God’s wisdom and guidance.

Gen. George Washington issued this decree on March 6, 1776, calling for a day of fasting and prayer as our country began its long and bloody battle for independence:

“Set apart … as a day of fasting, prayer and humiliation, to implore the Lord and Giver of all victory to pardon our manifold sins and wickedness, and that it would please Him to bless the Continental Arms with His divine favor and protection—all officers and soldiers are strictly enjoined to pay all due reverence and attention on that day to the sacred duties due to the Lord of hosts for His mercies already received and for those blessings which our holiness and uprightness of life can alone encourage us to hope through His mercy to obtain.”

The freedoms we now enjoy pale in comparison to the freedom we have as Christians, purchased by Christ’s death on the cross. “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:1-2, NIV).

Pray with us that God will continue to use BGEA mightily in introducing others to the glorious liberty of Christ.

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  1. Stephen says:

    I am very thankful that Franklin Graham has carried on the Gospel message that his father Billy Graham trumpeted for so many years. Franklin speaks out boldly on the issues, and always tied his message back to the Gospel.

  2. Judi says:

    Father God/Jesus Christ, I pray for our Nation and the people that govern this great Nation. I also pray that in GOD WE TRUST be reinstated also. In Jesus Christ's precious and holy name, I pray….Amen

  3. Jeanette says:

    We must Pray whether we feel like it or not.Let's remember to pray for the Lost.Also, to put on the whole armor of God DAILY.Ephesians 6:10-20

  4. Mike says:

    It is right that we remember where our strength comes from: Almighty God, the creator of the universe.

  5. Phyllis says:

    Freedom is not Free, Some gave it all for us. Jesus Christ gave it all for our souls and we thank Him, and Praise Him. We thank our Military for defending our Freedom. We pray for families who are suffering due to loss. This pain is I can not imagin

  6. DOROTHY says:


  7. CeCe says:

    Amen America – home if the free and land of the brave!

  8. florence says:

    I am praying for my beloved country.We have so many blessings. I was reading in Amos today about how the Lord judged the nation of Israel because they refused to follow Him. The Lord has been more than patient with us.

  9. Joe says:

    AMEN ! May America see spiritual revival .