‘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.


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  1. Kim says:

    Thank you Lord for this amazing opportunity today for Franklin Graham and others to proclaim Jesus Christ as Savior and,Lords!!! And… To proclaim directly from scripture that there is only One true GOD & Father and that salvation is in HIM!!!!

  2. Estrella Salud Lee-Torres says:

    LORD our GOD, we lift up President Donald Trump , his Team/office & family in YOUR Throne of Grace – make them YOUR HOUSE OF PRAYER so that each & every nation will come and bow down to “YOU”…
    Be in Control and help them to know & to understand the SUPREMACY of YOUR HEART in their lives & all of the Americans & different races in the country. Amen❤🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  3. Rit Keep says:

    Very well done….good and faithful servant.

  4. Lois tidman says:

    I hope you can post Franklin’s interview on NBC following the inauguration. He is a wonderful spokesman and I would like others to see it.

  5. Catherine Webb says:

    Thank you, Mr. Graham, your words of encouragement to the president and to America were thrilling to hear right from the heart of God, His glorious Word.

  6. philip says:


  7. Sonda Lukas says:

    Pray for the new president. May God gives him wisdom to lead America.

  8. Miriam c. De chavez says:

    Thank God. He is mighty. He can do everything for the goodness of mankind. Bless America Bless Philipines

  9. Andy says:

    Thank you Franklin Graham for the beautiful God honoring, Christ honoring Scripture reading at the inauguration.

  10. Carol G. says:

    Praise God that Franklin was asked to speak and pray today at the Inauguration! I need to pray more for the first family as well as all government leaders. May God’s will be done and may we give our Heavenly Father all glory and praise!