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Today is National Day of Prayer.
Please join us in prayer for our nation, our nation’s leaders and our military.
“Heavenly Father,

We come to You in the Name that is above every name—Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Our hearts cry out to You.

Knowing that You are a prayer-answering, faithful God—the One we trust in times like these—we ask that You renew our spirits, revive our churches, and heal our land.

We repent of our sins and ask for Your grace and power to save us. Hear our cry, oh God, and pour out Your Spirit upon us that we may walk in obedience to Your Word.

We are desperate for Your tender mercies. We are broken and humbled before You.

Forgive us, and in the power of Your great love, lift us up to live in Your righteousness.

We pray for our beloved nation. May we repent and return to You and be a light to the nations. And we pray for our leaders and ask that You give them wisdom and faith to follow You.

Preserve and protect us, for You are our refuge and only hope.

Deliver us from all fears except to fear You, and may we courageously stand in the Truth that sets us free.

We pray with expectant faith and grateful hearts.

In Jesus’ name, our Savior.


– 2015 National Prayer by Dr. Jack Graham


Please take a moment to visit the National Day of Prayer site.

Looking Up: A Place of Prayer

The Chatlos Memorial Chapel
Written by Donna Riesen,  Program Communications Assistant

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On a misty, overcast Friday morning in early April I walk the wide gravel path up to the Chapel. Pausing just outside the doors of heavy black walnut I read again the Scripture carved into a heavy stone mounted to the right of the entrance: “Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain Thee; how much less this house that I have built” (2 Chronicles 6:18, KJV). Once inside, I walk across the heavy stone floors and into the sacred space of the Chapel sanctuary, a beautiful space that exudes a simple yet solemn reverence without stuffiness or pretense. Tall, expansive windows allow the beauty of God’s creation to enter and speak volumes to the soul. The gleaming wood of the walls is in perfect harmony with the natural beauty outdoors. From floor to ceiling the eye and the heart are drawn upward. Is this what Mrs. Graham intended?

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On staff at The Cove for more than five years, I’ve heard the stories about the history of the Chatlos Memorial Chapel—how Ruth Graham had a hand in its design and plans. Her gracious spirit, love of beauty and appreciation for rustic, local handcrafted woodwork are seen in charming touches throughout The Cove. But above any other location on The Cove’s property,  many feel the Chapel brings us closest to seeing the world through Ruth’s eyes.


After taking in the quiet beauty of the sanctuary, I climb the short stairwell to reach the small prayer room above the rear of the Chapel. By no mere accident, the prayer altar is situated directly beneath the steeple and the cross. A lighted globe sits in the center of the prayer table—a testament to the heartbeat of evangelism that pulsed through both Billy and Ruth. Mabel, a Cove volunteer of 3 to 4 years, welcomes me in and offers to sit and chat for a few moments. “What’s it like to serve as the volunteer assigned to the Chapel’s prayer room?” I ask. “Do you get the chance to pray with people very often?”

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Mabel’s eyes light up. “Well,” she says, “When I ask if they have a prayer request some people are too shy to say. I can usually tell whether or not they’re interested in having me pray with them.”

“And what if they are?” I ask.

“If there’s a group, I always ask if they’d like to hold hands, and then we pray. Right here under the steeple,” Mable explains.

I can tell Mabel is an experienced prayer warrior, and as she shares a little of her personal story with me I begin to understand why. A senior adult, Mabel sent a lot of prayer requests heavenward before ending up at The Cove as a Chapel volunteer. After enduring the heartbreak of losing a son to a brain tumor and then saying farewell to her husband who died 6 months later, Mabel was despondent and crushed. While she knew without a doubt that both her loved ones were in Heaven with Jesus, Mabel was unsure how to proceed on this new pathway through the wilderness of grief and loss. “I ask my Heavenly Father anything I want to,” she exclaims, “And if you ask God to show you what to do next, He will!” Through her involvement with the Women’s Bible Study at The Cove, Mabel learned about the need for Chapel volunteers and eventually found her niche here in the prayer room. With the confident assurance of one who has seen God work she declares, “God does answer prayer!”

We talk a little more about what it’s like to have the privilege of praying with those who request it. “Well sometimes,” Mabel confesses, “It’s hard not to cry with them when they share their requests. Sometimes even the men open up!”

“All of us have problems,” she notes. “Sometimes so many hit us at once that we’re almost afraid to look up!” Sitting here in the quiet of this small prayer room, directly beneath the 87-foot steeple with its 8-foot cross, I’m sure this is what Ruth Graham intended. She intended for us to look up.

Jerry Miller, former director of the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove, tells the story of how Ruth influenced the construction of the Chatlos Chapel’s steeple. “The architects had the steeple at a certain height,” Jerry says. “We told that to Mrs. Graham and she said, “That’s not tall enough.” When asked how high she wanted it, she replied with an uncertain “I don’t know.”

Jerry explains how the solution was reached. The chapel was built using a crane in order to avoid cutting down trees. “We got the contractor with the crane and we got him out there with the architect,” Jerry says. “We got him to raise the ball on the crane and put the ball where we wanted to put the steeple.”

“I turned to Mrs. Graham and said, ‘You just look at me, and if it’s not high enough, you tell me.’”

As Jerry relates, the crane rose higher and higher; but every time he looked at Mrs. Graham she said it wasn’t high enough, so the contractor was told to keep going. Finally, Mrs. Graham’s lofty goal was reached and she nodded her approval. The steeple was built to a height of 87 feet, with an 8-foot-tall copper cross on top.

On this warm April day, the steeple with its cross towers above The Cove’s green canopy of trees, inviting us to look up and seek our Creator, whom “the heaven of heavens cannot contain.” And Mabel, just one of an army of faithful volunteers, points visitors heavenward. Exactly as Ruth intended.

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With heartfelt gratitude to Mabel and every Cove volunteer:
Thank you for your faithful service in helping us carry out our mission of training people in God’s Word to win others to Christ.

The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove has a large number of volunteers who assist us in all areas of operation. Among these are 84 volunteers who help us greet visitors at the Chatlos Memorial Chapel and Cove Visitors Center.

Happy National Volunteer Week!
April 12-18, 2015

Click here for information and hours for the Chatlos Memorial Chapel and Visitors Center.

If you would like to volunteer at The Cove, click here to complete the volunteer application.

National Day of Prayer

Today is National Day of Prayer.

Please join us in prayer for each and every person in this world, for our national and local government and for our military. 

How can we pray for you?


“Our world today desperately hungers for hope, and yet uncounted people have almost given up. There is despair and hopelessness on every hand. Let us be faithful in proclaiming the hope that is in Jesus!” — Billy Graham

Mapping Out God’s Will For Your Life

By Joy Allmond:

As with many, personal crisis forced Christine Wyrtzen to become passionate about prayer. At yesterday’s Women’s Day Away at The Cove, her hope was to make that passion contagious by showing other women how to pray more effectively.

15 years ago, her mother was dying of cancer, and Christine began to capture her thoughts and prayers through her journal.

“That just really thrust me in a new direction of having a heart for hurting people,” she remembers.  “Ever since, I have felt this great desire to assemble pieces that teach people how to pray specifically and strategically.”

Through this time in her life, God showed her how to do “personal prayer mapping,” a process that involves tracing back the origins of the things that require prayer.

In her very own words, she “equips other to understand the issues of their own souls and the souls of those they love.” She is showing women how to uniquely target those areas in prayer, and wants to see people move away from what she calls “anemic” prayers, such as:

Please change my husband and make him quit drinking.

When, through prayer mapping—tracing the roots of a soul and understanding why people engage in certain behaviors—you can pray more strategically. If this is your prayer, you could pray about the things in his heart that encourage him to excessively drink, and perhaps pray that God would remove the influences in his life that enable him to abuse the alcohol.

Or, instead of praying something like, please be with Aunt Martha who is having surgery; let her know you love her, you could pray more broadly, such as:

·        Asking God to help the surgeon sleep well.
·        Asking God to send angels to fill the room with light and glory.
·        Asking that the surgeon’s hands become God’s hands.

“You can see that if you start thinking that way, you can easily come up with a one-to-two page customized prayer for yours or someone else’s needs,” Christine explains.

To truly understand and practice personal prayer mapping, she strongly believes we need an understanding of our enemy. She feels that in the church, we avoid talking about him and seeing his patterns.

“We need to have the eyes to see how he deceives, tempts and devour. We need to know what a stronghold is. Once women learn these things, they very quickly begin to see his fingerprints on their families in the way they struggle.  Then, they are able to personalize this almost immediately.”

By the end of the day, the women at the Cove were astounded by the power of prayer and left inspired to participate in intercession more fully.

“I would love to see people who have been praying for something for 20 years—and have seen little movement—get charged by the potential of learning how to pray this way, and seeing how God is still of a God of intervention and of passivity.”

Join us for our next Women’s Day Away, Simply Irresistible: Being a Contagious Grace Giver,  on May 2nd with Lisa Harper.  Click here for more information and to register.  

Behind The Scenes…Intercessory Prayer at The Cove

We are blessed to have over 100 volunteers at The Cove.  From helping you find a seat in the auditorium, to guiding you on a tour in our Chapel and Visitor’s Center, to praying over our guest’s and visitor’s prayer requests, these faithful servants play a vital role in our ministry. 

Pam is a volunteer at The Cove who helps out in administration and is on the Intercessory Prayer Team.  Read on as she gives you a BEHIND THE SCENES look at her role here.       


As a volunteer at the Cove one of the things I am involved in is the Intercessory Prayer team.  I feel it truly is a privilege and honor to be trusted and asked to pray for the concerns others have on their hearts.

As a team we are praying for an average of 900 different prayer cards that are turned in at The Cove each month. These cards are available on site in various locations for the guests and visitors on property.  So, how does it work?  When guests are here for a seminar or other event, they can fill out a prayer card(s) with requests and concerns that God lays on their hearts.  They drop the card(s) in the one of the prayer boxes that are located throughout the property. These cards are collected and given to members of our prayer team who immediately begin praying for them. Each of the cards is prayed over at least 4 times, and then destroyed.

There are 20 members on the Prayer Team who sign up for different time slots to be on Cove property praying.  My female prayer partner and I come together once per week to meet and pray for the prayer requests. 

My favorite location to pray is up in our prayer room on the 3rd floor of The Training Center.  I have such a fabulous view of the mountains of the Cove, the changing sky above, the great birds that are soaring, and also a view out of the Cove to the world beyond with its buildings, mountains, valleys, and horizon. Every time I am there the scenery is different, varying with the seasons and weather patterns.

What kinds of requests do we get?  Here’s a sample: broken marriages, prodigal children, concerns for grandchildren, loss due to death or suicide, salvation for souls, future spouses for Christian children in this world, friends and family who are sick, those close who are dying, struggles in the local churches, court cases and battles, guidance for  life, the need of a job, a house that needs to sell, career changes, false accusations, mission outreach projects, fractured relationships between parents & children, pain in ministry, physical pain and suffering, medical tests and treatments, guidance with finances, help with addictions to food, drugs, alcohol, pornography, etc.

There is also a place to share praises on the cards. So, even though we see the burdens that are on people’s hearts, we also often get a glimpse of the blessings God is pouring out. What a thrill to praise the Lord for His goodness, grace, love, compassion, sustaining power, faithfulness, protection, provision, guidance, comfort, and peace.   We even get some cards that are sharing answers to prayer, and we rejoice in those as well.  What a gift to see the hand of God working in the lives of those who come and share with us, as we partner with them in approaching our Father God with the desires of our hearts.

Interested in volunteering at The Cove?  Click here to download an application.

The Power of Prayer and Surrender

God is always at work in our lives.  Do we see it…in good times and bad? Do we take time to thank our Creator for the blessings of each and every day?  Do we praise Him in all circumstances?  Do we surrender everything to Him?  A couple from Kernersville, NC knows a thing or two about surrender and the power of prayer.  May this beautiful story will be an encouragement to you today. 

By George L. Matthews

About 3 years ago, I developed a tremor in my right hand that was diagnosed as benign essential tremors.  

As the tremor worsened and other symptoms began to manifest, my wife, Dianne, asked her neurologist at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center for a neurology referral for me.  

He suggested Dr. Haq, in the neurology department there but told her he might be hard to see since his appointments were scheduled months in advance.  

When Dianne called to see about scheduling an appointment, she was told there had been a cancellation – the very next morning, at 8 am, “Could we be there?”  Is anything too hard for our God?   

Over the next few months, as I underwent numerous tests, my symptoms worsened.  Tests indicated polyneuropathy.  We thought I had spinocerebellar ataxia, but the tests were all negative.   Only one test was confirmed positive, that for paraneoplastic syndrome.  But we had no idea why this syndrome was present.  

In February, I began having difficulty walking.  In 3 weeks time, I was able to walk only with the assistance of lofstrand crutches. 

Every step was an effort.  

My entire body seemed to convulse when I tried to stand.  

The once self-sufficient, independent man that I had always been was reduced to needing help just getting out of bed.  

It was during this time God began dealing with me regarding my absolute surrender to Him as Lord of my life.  

I knew He was Savior, but did I trust Him to be Lord?  

It was easy to say yes to that question when all was well.  

But now, could I accept what He had allowed into my life with thanksgiving (I Thessalonians 5:18)?  When I finally realized that even in the darkest places, He was Lord, I felt that “peace that passes all understanding”.  

I knew that He had a purpose for this and I could trust Him.

Dr. Haq had decided that even though we still did not have a definitive diagnosis for my convulsive movements, he would admit me for a week of steroid treatments.  

I would enter the hospital on June 11.  Dianne had already booked a weekend seminar for us at The Cove for June 8-10 to hear Dr. Ken Boa. 

How amazing that God orchestrated our time at The Cove the weekend before my hospitalization!  

When we arrived for registration at The Cove, we signed up for the Interactive Sessions that were a part of the Seminar event.  

I was assigned with a fabulous group of men, and Dianne with a great group of women.  We were loved upon, encouraged, prayed for.  We were sought out by a couple who had used a recent hospitalization to witness to the hospital staff, and encouraged me to do the same. They shared Bible verses with us.  

We recognized that God had sent all these people to us this very weekend for a special purpose.  The staff at The Cove was so kind and helpful, and we knew they were also praying for us.  We were encouraged by Dr. Boa’s teaching.  

We left The Cove on Sunday knowing we were firmly secure in God’s hand, that He was in control, and we need not fear.  

On June 11, we arrived at the hospital to find out the treatment plan had changed over the weekend.  

One of the physicians Dr. Haq had conferred with had found an article that suggested IVIG treatments.  They started the first treatment Monday evening.  

By midweek, I began standing and taking steps without my crutches.  

By Thursday, I was making laps around the neurology department.  

As I walked, I shared with the staff of God’s goodness; I handed out tracts to those who asked how I could be so joyous.  God provided many opportunities for me to share His love during my stay.  

Then, on Friday I walked out of the hospital without my crutches.  

Am I cured?  We don’t know.  

The doctors were amazed at how well the treatment worked but can’t give a prognosis since they don’t have a definite diagnosis.  

But this we do know, “we are fearfully and wonderfully made” and the Creator God does know.  

It is in His hands and whatever He chooses to send, we accept.  He knows what is best for us.  He knew that until I was unable to manage on my own, I had reserved a part of me that was not completely surrendered to Him.  

I am grateful for this time of illness, for I saw not only physical healing, but spiritual healing as well. 

I felt the amazing power of prayer.  

I saw how God’s timing was woven throughout the events of the past months.  

I had great physicians, great medical staff to administer the treatment, all orchestrated by Him.  But more importantly, we had a lot of people praying for us…our church, our family, and our friends.  

How awesome is our God who walks with us, hears our cry for help, and sends people to walk through our valleys with us!!  

And answers prayer!