‘It’s My Prayer That God Will Bless You’: Franklin Graham to President Donald Trump

By   •   January 20, 2017

President Donald Trump listens as Franklin Graham reads a passage of Scripture during the inaugural ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Just a few minutes after Donald Trump was sworn in as the new president of the United States, Franklin Graham took the podium at the inauguration ceremony to read from the Bible.

Rain had begun to fall in Washington, D.C., as President Trump addressed the nation. Before reading from the book of 1 Timothy, Franklin Graham took a moment to share a few words.

“Mr. President, in the Bible, rain is a sign of God’s blessing,” Franklin Graham said. “And it started to rain, Mr. President, when you came to the platform. And it’s my prayer that God will bless you, your family, your administration, and may He bless America.”

Franklin continued by reading from the New Testament of the Bible, in the book of 1 Timothy.

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings for all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

This is good, and it pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and 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 forever and ever (1 Timothy 1:17).

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

As he has done for the last year, Franklin Graham is calling on Americans to pray for the new administration and for the people of the United States to turn to Almighty God.

How can you pray for the country? Read 5 Past Inaugural Prayers from Billy and Franklin Graham.

The Bible says Jesus wants all people to be saved. Make a decision for Christ today.

Franklin Graham reading Scripture
Franklin Graham addresses President Donald Trump as thousands of people watch on screens throughout the Capitol grounds.


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published but you will receive our next BGEA ministry update. You can opt out of future emails at any time.


  1. Bishop Michael L. Russell says:

    Greetings! In the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

    I am writing in support of Billy Graham Ministries. My parents were devout followers of Rev. Billy Graham for years, as was most Americans. I have followed this ministry since high school, and I believe it is a prolific and profound move of God throughout the world. I am proud of Rev. Franklin Graham’s ministry in carrying the baton of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and supporting God’s anointed Presidency and Vice Presidency of Donald Trump and Mike Pence. The Christian spirit of America will be restored.

  2. Charmaine Lord says:

    To GOD be the glory. The mainstream media should show that picture to the people. We so need GOD in our world. Keep spreading the Word. It’s bringing us closer to our redemption. Praise the Lord!

  3. Marie Lynn belval says:

    I was saved and born again by and through Rev. Graham’s crusades. Very special are God and His son to me, for a new life, righteous living, non-criminal.

  4. Eleanor says:

    Across the Atlantic Ocean, I watched the prayer on a live newsfeed and was so thrilled by the prayers I heard, especially Franklin Graham’s courage in proclaiming God’s Word and will. Thank you and God bless your ministry.
    P.S. I also used to listen to Billy Graham’s messages on TransWorld Radio, on shortwave, but most radios today don’t have shortwave.

  5. Susan Gobrecht says:

    I’ve use to listen to Rev. Billy Graham on tv when he was on now I can listen to u on my phone and read your messages God bless u I’m real excited thank u so much

  6. Beatrice says:

    Thank you for leading so many people to Jesus and teaching them about the love of God.

  7. Jose Nunez says:

    I think that Mr. F. Graham was invited not because your president is a commited christian (far away from that) but because you use to do this each 4 years. Each president from Reagan to this day is less and less christian. in U.S.A. It´s a price you must pay for the sins in your society.

  8. Sue watson says:

    Thank you for your witness and faithfulness. God bless you.


    You’re simply an inspiration to people of the world. My prayer is with you always.