Cissie Graham Lynch, granddaughter of the late Billy Graham, prayed Thursday in the Rose Garden of the White House, commemorating the National Day of Prayer that Graham himself helped institute.
Sixty-six years ago Graham urged lawmakers to institute the day, so that Americans far and wide could bend their knees in supplication, asking God for help in time of need. As the Billy Graham Evangelical Association explains, much as changed about the country, but “not the need for the Lord.”
Graham’s vision was always that people would turn back to Jesus. His granddaughter on Thursday spoke within that aim. Her prayer is as follows:
Our Heavenly Father―
We come before You this morning and praise You for Your goodness and blessings which You have poured out on this country. We know it is far more than we deserve.
We thank You for a President and Vice President who understand the importance of prayer. We pray for their precious families who have made great sacrifices to serve alongside them.
“True prayer is a way of life, not just for use in cases of emergency. Make it a habit, and when the need arises you will be in practice.” —Billy Graham
We pray for them and all of our Nation’s leaders that You would give them Your wisdom to know what is right and give them the courage to do it. May they remember You, and You alone, are the hope for this country.
Your scripture says, there is “a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”
Lord, we pray for a time of mending and unity in this country; we pray a time to turn away from hate and choose to love; and we pray for a time of peace.
We know by Your scriptures, Your Son Jesus is the Prince of Peace, the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords.
Let the peace and love of God rule in our hearts and may we remember peace and love is from Him who is, who was, and who is to come.
And as my little girl reminds each morning when I rise: This is the day the Lord has made, may we rejoice and be glad in it.
In the precious name of Jesus we pray―Amen.
Please pray for our country and our leaders, that we would turn back to Jesus, and serve Him with all our heart. Be sure to read about the plane crash in Georgia – the identity of the nine victims who died have been revealed.