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National Day of Prayer: 5 Insights from Billy Graham and Anne Graham Lotz

“Have you ever said, ‘Well, all we can do now is pray?’” the late Billy Graham once asked.

“When we come to the end of ourselves, we come to the beginning of God.”

Prayer, that is talking honestly with God, is a gamechanger, and today on this National Day of Prayer, Christians across the United States of America are coming together to ask God for unity, peace, wise leadership and that His Name be glorified.

Consider the following 5 insights on prayer as you go before the Lord today and every day:

1. Pray Locally & Globally: In addition to talking with God about your own life and the lives of those around you, don’t forget to bring up what’s going on nationwide. Franklin Graham, who is conducting one-day evangelistic prayer events in Californiaand the Pacific Northwest, urges Christians, “The most critical thing you can do is pray, pray, pray. The intercession of God’s people is crucial if we are to see a return to the Biblical faith of our fathers, the faith that has guided and sustained our country for so long.”

2. Don’t Get Discouraged: Prayer sounds like it should be easy, right? Just talk with God. But if you have questions, it’s time to get some answers. Billy Graham offers the following guidelines in Prayer 101: How Do I Talk to God?

3. Dig Deeper: There may not be a perfect prayer, but Anne Graham Lotz drills down on the best kind of prayer. Join Billy Graham’s daughter as she explores the power of prayer in this devotional: The Prayer That Heaven Applauds.

4. Stand United: It’s true that God made each of us unique to play a different role in His kingdom, but those differences should still present a unified front for Him. Be encouraged today as you listen to this timeless Billy Graham message on unity of the spirit.

5. Don’t Give Up: Whether you’re burdened for this country, a loved one or something else, God hears you. And He loves you. Take comfort as you read this Billy Graham daily devotional.

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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


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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