Billy Graham’s Prayer for America

I grew up in Charlotte, not far from where Billy Graham’s family originally had their farm. I became friends with his co-worker Leighton Ford when I went off to Gordon Conwell. Billy has meant a lot to me, and one thing for sure— agree with him or disagree with him, he was always a straight shooter, telling the truth as he saw it, and usually I agree with him. Here below is his prayer for our country.

‘Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, ‘Woe to those who call evil good,’ but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable… We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem. We have abused power and called it politics. We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from sin and Set us free. Amen!’

With the Lord’s help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we once again can be called ‘One nation under God!’ AMEN

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  • Tom

    Wonderful…except that it’s not Billy Graham’s prayer. Check it out — this is an excerpt from a prayer by Rev Joe Wright at the opening of a session of the Kansas House of Representatives in 1996.

  • unkleE

    “We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.”

    I’m sorry, but I think that is a terribly unchristian line. Of course some people on welfare are lazy cheats, as are some rich people, but others on welfare have been ripped off by the rich, unlucky, never had a chance in life because of their hereditary or position, and so one. To focus on one and not mention the other is unfair and distorts the truth. And, worse, it is contrary to Biblical teaching, where we are instructed to care for the poor and disadvantaged.

  • BenW3

    Hi Tom: According to my sources, Billy said it first. BW3

  • rvs

    I too am uncomfortable with the welfare line, but I am also a Billy G. fan. Part of the problem is that too many conservative evangelicals are silent when it comes to the exploitation of cheap labor both in America and around the world. 21st-century American capitalism is not the happy system that some evangelicals would have us believe.

  • phil

    Close is only good in horseshoes BenW3. Billy & Joe both have a version, but the prayer was originally written in early 1995 by Bob Russell and presented at the Kentucky Gov. Prayer Breakfast in Frankfort.