Another Graham, Another Prayer Rally

Another Graham, Another Prayer Rally May 14, 2015

Anne Graham Lotz is not the only Billy Graham offspring planning a prayer rally, her brother Franklin is planning 50 of them, one in each state, during election season next year. Because the hundreds of other prayer rallies over the last few years have been so effective.

God has blessed our country more than any nation on earth. But it seems today as though we are completely adrift—politically, morally, and spiritually. I have heard from people all over America who agree, and many of them say, “I wish there was something we could do.” Well, there is.

In 2016, I plan to hold prayer rallies in all 50 states. I believe God has called us to this. We’re naming it the Decision America Tour. I want to challenge Christians across our land to boldly live out their faith and to pray fervently and faithfully for our nation and all its leaders. I want to encourage Christians to get out and vote in the coming election year. We will not be endorsing any political candidates, but I will urge people to vote for those on the ballot who uphold biblical principles, and I will be sharing the life-changing truth of God’s Gospel in every state.

Can you imagine what a difference it could make if in the next election Christians went to the polls in unprecedented numbers? And if Christians ran for every elected office available at all levels—local, state, and national? School board members, city council members, judges, mayors—all of these are such critical positions. Just think of what would happen if the school board in your own community was made up of Christians. I’ll bet things would begin to change for the better in those schools.

Jesus said we are to be the salt and the light in this world. Salt preserves and can bring healing. We are to speak the truth of God’s Word to a society that is racing in the opposite direction, in moral decline, at warp speed. Jesus said that as lights, we are to shine brightly—up on a lampstand so everyone can see and not hidden under a basket.

Jesus instructs us, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16, NKJV).

And yet he ignores Jesus’ command in the very next chapter of Matthew, which specifically tells them not to pray in public:

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.

But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

So they go for the vague command to “let your light shine,” which could be interpreted several different ways, but ignore the explicit command not to pray in public but only in secret. How convenient. But however it’s done, I’m sure their prayers will change something this time, unlike all the other times they’ve called for prayer rallies.

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