Inauguration Prayer: For Courage & Commitment – Billy Graham, 1997 (re-blog)

Peanut Gallery: The Inauguration of Donald J Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America is only 1 day away. Please pray for courage and commitment.

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has provided five excerpts from the Inaugural Prayers of Billy Graham and Franklin Graham. The last of these five excerpts is provided here as an example of how you can pray – today – for courage and commitment.

PRAYER FOR COURAGE & COMMITMENT: Billy Graham, Inaugural Prayer, 1997.

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For courage and commitment:

Our Father and our God, we thank You today for the privilege of coming into Your presence on this historic and solemn occasion.

We thank You for Your gracious hand which has preserved us as a nation. We praise You for the peaceful continuity of government that this Inauguration represents.

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We recall that the Bible says, “Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it” (Psalm 127: 1, KJV). You also said that to whom much has been given, much shall be required. Continue reading “Inauguration Prayer: For Courage & Commitment – Billy Graham, 1997 (re-blog)”

Inauguration Prayer: For the President-Elect – Billy Graham, 1989 inaugural invocation (re-blog)

Peanut Gallery: The Inauguration of Donald J Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America is only 2 days away. Please pray for the President-Elect.

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has provided five excerpts from the Inaugural Prayers of Billy Graham and Franklin Graham. The fourth of these five excerpts is provided here as an example of how you can pray – today – for the President-Elect.

PRAYER FOR THE PRESIDENT-ELECT: Billy Graham, Inaugural Prayer, 1989.

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For the President-Elect:

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And now we come to a new era in our history. In Thy sovereignty Thou hast permitted [Donald Trump] to lead us at this momentous hour of our history for the next four years. Continue reading “Inauguration Prayer: For the President-Elect – Billy Graham, 1989 inaugural invocation (re-blog)”

Inauguration Prayer: For the Transition – Billy Graham, 1993 (re-blog)

Peanut Gallery: The Inauguration of Donald J Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America is only 3 days away. Please pray for the Transition.

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has provided five excerpts from the Inaugural Prayers of Billy Graham and Franklin Graham. The third of these five excerpts is provided here as an example of how you can pray – today – for the Transition.

PRAYER FOR THE TRANSITION: Billy Graham, Inaugural Prayer, 1993.

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For the Transition:

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And now, on this twentieth day of January, 1993, we commit to you President-elect [Trump] and Vice-President-elect [Pence], who you have permitted to take leadership at this critical time in our nation’s history.

Help them always to see the office to which they’ve been elected as a sacred trust from you. We pray that you will bless their wives who will share so much of the responsibility and burdens.

Make President-elect [Trump] know that he is never really alone but that the eternal God can be his refuge and he can turn to you in every circumstance. Give him the wisdom you’ve promised to those who ask and the strength that you alone can give. Continue reading “Inauguration Prayer: For the Transition – Billy Graham, 1993 (re-blog)”

Inauguration Prayer: for the Nation – Billy Graham, 1969 (re-blog)

Peanut Gallery: The Inauguration of Donald J Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America is only 5 days away. Please pray for our Nation.

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has provided five excerpts from the Inaugural Prayers of Billy Graham and Franklin Graham. The first of these five excerpts is provided here as an example of how you can pray – today – for our Nation.

PRAYER FOR THE NATION: Billy Graham, Inaugural Prayer, 1969.

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Our Father and our God, Thou hast said, “Blessed is that nation whose God is the Lord.” We recognize on this historic occasion that we are “a nation under God.” We thank Thee for this torch of faith handed to us by our forefathers. May we never let it be extinguished. Thou alone hast given us our prosperity, our freedom and our power. This faith in God is our heritage and our foundation! Continue reading “Inauguration Prayer: for the Nation – Billy Graham, 1969 (re-blog)”

Stop & Pray: Billy Graham’s Prayer for the New Year

Peanut Gallery: Making plans for tonight’s New Year celebrations? Getting together with friends and family to watch the ball drop in Times Square? Here’s an idea…
Mute the sound on the TV at 11:30 pm – that will get everyone’s attention – and stop and pray.

Don’t know what to say? Print out Billy Graham’s prayer… or just call it up on your new iPhone or iPad. The words are timely and timeless. If you make hard copies, you and your friends can pray together.

And here’s a reality check. If you’re with people who would be offended… consider getting some new friends.
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Billy Graham’s Prayer for the New Year
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This prayer from Billy Graham, written for “The Saturday Evening Post” in 2008, is just as relevant this year.

Our Father and our God, as we stand at the beginning of this new year we confess our need of Your presence and Your guidance as we face the future.

We each have our hopes and expectations for the year that is ahead of us—but You alone know what it holds fJudior us, and only You can give us the strength and the wisdom we will need to meet its challenges. So help us to humbly put our hands into Your hand, and to trust You and to seek Your will for our lives during this coming year.

In the midst of life’s uncertainties in the days ahead, assure us of the certainty of Your unchanging love.

In the midst of life’s inevitable disappointments and heartaches, help us to turn to You for the stability and comfort we will need.

In the midst of life’s temptations and the pull of our stubborn self-will, help us not to lose our way but to have the courage to do what is right in Your sight, regardless of the cost.

And in the midst of our daily preoccupations and pursuits, open our eyes to the sorrows and injustices of our hurting world, and help us to respond with compassion and sacrifice to those who are friendless and in need. May our constant prayer be that of the ancient Psalmist: “Teach me, O Lord, to follow your decrees; then I will keep them to the end” (Psalm 119:33).

We pray for our nation and its leaders during these difficult times, and for all those who are seeking to bring peace and justice to our dangerous and troubled world. We pray especially for Your protection on all those who serve in our armed forces, and we thank You for their commitment to defend our freedoms, even at the cost of their own lives. Be with their families also, and assure them of Your love and concern for them.

Bring our divided nation together, and give us a greater vision of what You would have us to be. Your Word reminds us that “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:12).

As we look back over this past year we thank You for Your goodness to us—far beyond what we have deserved. May we never presume on Your past goodness or forget all Your mercies to us, but may they instead lead us to repentance, and to a new commitment to make You the foundation and center of our lives this year.

And so, our Father, we thank You for the promise and hope of this new year, and we look forward to it with expectancy and faith. This I ask in the name of our Lord and Savior, who by His death and resurrection has given us hope both for this world and the world to come.

Amen