Franklin Graham was personally invited to pray at the beginning of a televised Trump rally in Arizona on Tuesday. The son of beloved evangelist Billy Graham has been a strong supporter of Trump since his campaign. He believes that God has chosen Trump for this specific and troubled time in America, and he is responsible for encouraging a strong percentage of the evangelical vote, arguing that America's future hinged on a president who would appoint good Supreme Court justices.
Graham delivered a powerful 5 minute prayer address to the crowd, boldly acknowledging the racial tension and the immorality that America has enveloped in the last couple decades.
"Our heavenly Father, You have blessed our country more than any nation on Earth and we acknowledge that apart from you we have no hope. We come tonight as a troubled nation. We are broken spiritually. We are divided politically. We are divided racially," Graham prayed. "And we are adrift morally, following the whatever direction the wind of popular culture blows with no regard for Your Word or the consequences of our disobedience. We ask tonight for your help."
Graham then singled out those who are looking to "divide" and "preach hate," shares the Christian Post. "And Father, it is my prayer that you will just shut their mouths like you shut the mouths of the lions years ago," Graham powerfully prayed, and the crowd erupted in applause.
"Our sins have paralyzed us," he continued. "As a country, we seem to have forgotten right from wrong," Graham stated. "You warned us in Your holy word, the Bible, that a day would come when the truth would become a lie and lies would become truth. And we see this happening before our eyes today."
"We come to you this evening confessing our sins as a nation. We confess the sins of our past. We confess to you the sins of injustice, pride, self-indulgence," Graham prayed. "Even though we are rich, we have neglected many of the poor and suffering in our country. We have flaunted sexual immorality to the world. We have failed to protect our young and our innocent. We ask for your forgiveness. Lord, I pray tonight that You would unite us, that You would unite this country for Your glory. Help us to see each other as You see us. And may we truly love our neighbor as ourself."
Graham then prayed specifically for President Trump, his family, along with Vice President Pence, and asked for God's guidance for America:
"The psalmist, David, the great king of Israel, said that You were his shepherd. Father, we need a shepherd. I pray that You would be the shepherd of our nation, the shepherd that leads us to green pastures and still waters for Your namesake. You are the God who restores our souls. Even though we walk through the 'valley of the shadow of death,' we fear no evil for You are with us and Your rod and your staff, they comfort us, the Bible tells us."
"Lord, I ask that You would anoint our heads with oil and that You would prepare a table before us in the presence of our enemies," he continued. "We pray as David did that surely, goodness and mercy will follow us all the days of our lives and that we may dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Father, I pray for this nation and Father, I pray that you would guide and direct and that Your will would be done."
As he concluded, Graham proudly introduced Vice President Pence, and the crowd erupted in cheers. What do you think of the specific sins Graham called out and confessed for America? Do you think he is spot on? Share your thoughts in the comments! Also, Trump's longtime spiritual advisor just came out with a secret she's been holding back for awhile now.