Franklin Graham: Pray for Our New President

By   •   November 21, 2016

We as God’s people can have a huge impact if we take our responsibility seriously and are diligent “always to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1).

Dear Friend,

God is never surprised. The election of Donald Trump shocked the pundits and Washington elite and even surprised some of the candidate’s own voters—but it is God who cleared the way for him, whether he fully realizes that or not. That’s because, whichever person had been elected, the rise and fall of a nation’s leaders happens under the sovereignty of God, who is often working in larger ways and with a longer perspective than we can know. The Bible says, “Wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings” (Daniel 2:20–21, NKJV).

No one should think that electing Donald Trump will fix our country. America is still a sin-saturated and divided nation, and Trump himself is a leader with human flaws. Elections matter, and this one will have lasting consequences, but only God can heal and restore a nation—and that comes through committed, faithful prayer.

When the people of Israel asked for a king after centuries without one, God gave them one. But the Prophet Samuel reminded the people that ultimately they did not choose their national leaders: “Take note, the Lord has set a king over you” (1 Samuel 12:13). The new king was inexperienced in governing, and God made no promise that things would automatically turn out well for either the new king or the nation. Instead, Samuel presented the people with God’s pathway to success, placing responsibility on both the people and their leader.

If you will fear the Lord and serve him and obey his voice and not rebel against the commandment of the Lord, and if both you and the king who reigns over you will , it will be well. But if you will not obey the voice of the Lord, … then the hand of the Lord will be against you and your king” (1 Samuel 12:14–15, ESV).

After anointing the newly chosen ruler, Samuel made a personal commitment to his nation, the king, and the people. I hope you take his words personally to heart for our own country today:

As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you” (1 Samuel 12:23).

Will you make that same commitment to pray?

During the tumultuous national election of 1860, America was in political chaos. The man who emerged to become the next president had very limited Washington experience, was considered uncouth by a significant part of the electorate, and won the election without a majority of the popular vote. Abraham Lincoln became one of our most effective presidents, and several years into his presidency a well-known pastor in New York pinpointed the reason: “The prayers of God’s people made President Lincoln what he was to the nation.”

Donald Trump is, of course, a far different man than Lincoln, and the conflicts and issues in our country today are entirely different than in 1860. But we know that God can use any leader. We as God’s people can have a huge impact if we take our responsibility seriously and are diligent “always to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1). Will you personally be part of that? Ask God to use this man He has allowed to be put in place, despite human shortcomings, to further His great purposes in the nation and the world. And pray also for the incoming vice president, Mike Pence, a man of faith who said he was “grateful to God for His amazing grace” in his speech right after the election.

The one sure path to national restoration is through . The Bible says, “Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19–20). Pray for America. Only the Gospel of Jesus Christ has the power to change hearts, across our nation or anywhere in the world.

In the new year, I look forward to preaching the life-changing message of the Gospel at evangelistic events in cities like San Juan, Puerto Rico; Vancouver, Canada; and Oslo, Norway. I am also looking forward to preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ during multi-city tours in the U.S., starting in two states, Tennessee and Texas. I will tell you more about these tours soon. Our associate evangelists, including Robert Cunville and my son Will Graham, are scheduled to lead Crusade events in two dozen other cities in India, Thailand, Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. Pray that God will open hearts to the Savior in each place.

So far this year, more than 1.3 million people across America and around the world have told us they made a as a result of God working through the ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. We thank Him and give Him the glory! As we press forward to the end of this year and into the next, we are grateful to you for your continuing partnership with us through your prayers and gifts.

May God richly bless you,

Franklin Graham
President

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277 Comments

  1. Kim Pascarella says:

    Thank you for your faithfulness. You can count on me to continue praying!

  2. Miriam Brown says:

    Thank you for your ministry. I totally agree it was God’s Amazing Grace that gave Donald Trump’s victory. Our undeserving country prayed and God heard us. God truly blessed us. We need to remain faithful, and continue praying for America! Prayers for you and your ministry. God Bless!

  3. June Anna Atinson says:

    Thank you Jesus for Franklin Graham & The Stand he takes for The Name Of Jesus, Declaring that He is Indeed God With Us, Emmanuel, & That Jesus is Everything Isiah 9:6 Says that He is. Hallelujah! Thank you Franklin for Travelling to Every State Capitol & For Encouraging us to Repent of our Sins & Repent for the Sins of Our
    Nation. and also for Encouraging Everyone to Vote & To Pray fervently for the Election, for our Country & for Our New President Donald Trump,
    Thank you Franklin for Reminding us of the Importance for Us to KEEP PRAYING Now for our New President- For him & his Family’s Salvation & For Personal & National
    Repentance, in Jesus Name above All Names.

  4. June Anna Atinson says:

    Thank you Jesus for Franklin Graham & The Stand he takes for The Name Of Jesus, Declaring that He is Indeed God With Us, Emmanuel, & That Jesus us Everything Isiah 9:6 Says that He is. Hallelujah. Thank you Franklin for Travelling to Every State Capitol & For Encouraging us to Repent of our Sins & Repent for the Sins of Our
    Nation, And also to Vote & To Pray fervently for the Election & our Country. & Our New President Donald Trump,
    Thank you Franklin for Reminding us of the Importance for Us to KEEP PRAYING Now for our New President, & For him & his Family’s Salvation & For Personal & National
    Repentance, in Jesus Name above All Names.

  5. Robert Daughenbaugh says:

    I too feel that God has placed Donald Trump into leadership. I will continue to pray for him and his advisors.

  6. Myrna Miller says:

    Blessings to you and your Father!

  7. Janice Meiners says:

    God bless your work. You are in my prayers.

  8. Bettie B. Lorino says:

    Thank you for your prayers for this nation. I am praying every day for our new President Elect that he will submit his will to that of our Lord and Savior and be guided by wise godly men surrounding him. He is fighting against many forces, especially those of evil. Continue your mission for this beloved country and the world.

  9. Catherine Pasanen says:

    You have already made an impact in my life. And I’m a cradle Catholic.

  10. Delene Wilson says:

    I thank God for never giving up on me. I will not give up on our country and will commit to praying for our government leaders daily. Prayer changes things and only God can change the hearts of his people. I pray for that change, for the hearts and souls of the lost. I thank him for always being in complete control and never leaving us.

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