Legendary minister Billy Graham’s son has called for a national day of pray in light of tragic death, racial division, riots, and protests around the country. Many of these riots are causing substantial damage to major metropolitan cities around the country including Minneapolis, Minnesota, where an officer was reported to have killed a man, George Floyd, and also Los Angeles, California to name a couple.
The media and politicians scramble to lay blame and many Americans are left wondering if they are safe in their own hometowns. Graham is turning to a higher power that many Americans believe is the only hope to bringing change and relief to this disastrous situation we are experiencing in the U.S. Graham shared this on a Facebook post yesterday:
A CALL TO PRAYER:
As Christians, the greatest weapon and the most powerful defense we have is prayer. Our country needs prayer in a critical way.
Tomorrow is Sunday, and I’m asking churches to have a special time of intercession for our nation in their Sunday morning services, whether in person or online. Will you pray, and will you share this with your pastor?
We need to pray for PEACE, because “the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:20). Pray for PERSPECTIVE, because “the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere” (James 3:17).
Pray for PATIENCE, because of God’s “kindness and forbearance and patience” toward us all (Romans 2:4). And pray for an OUTPOURING of His wisdom and direction for our leaders and officials who are dealing with this crisis. Ask God to change hearts and heal this divide in our nation.
The BGEA has a dozen crisis-trained chaplains from the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team serving on the ground in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where Floyd died on Monday. They’ve witnessed local church leaders crying out to God for help.
Franklin Graham’s sister, Anne Graham Lotz, is also encouraging others to join in prayer, specifically women. She’s organized a one-hour prayer event called “Turn to Jesus: Calling Women to Pray,” beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
Regardless of your religious beliefs, anyone can see that Americans need help during these crazy times. Prayer is a very useful tool for many and has been shown as an effective mechanism to help people get through stressful times. It’s a wonderful thing for Graham to step up and do what he can to help quell the trials and tribulations we are seeing in our beautiful and great nation.
Graham also prayed for President Trump at his inauguration as well, and is probably one of the least divisive and most well respected Christian leaders in the nation.
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