Billy Graham and Ruth Bell Graham saw the importance of praying for our world leaders as well as the news media. Together, national leaders and the media have a huge impact on society. Here’s something to consider today on the National Day of Prayer.
Prayer for the Nation
Billy Graham once said, “We have so many battles going on in America today that we should be a people of prayer. Our government needs prayer. Our leaders need prayer. Our schools need prayer. Our youth need our prayers. Our families need our prayers.”
Prayer for the Media In Legacy of a Pack Rat, Ruth Bell Graham offered this thought:
When do you have family prayers? Have you ever considered that a good time might be after the evening television network news? Or after the morning news? Not only could we pray for our families and friends and local problems then, but we could bring to the Lord the various crises and events we have just seen portrayed on the screen.
What a difference it might make if each day, as newscasts conclude, a great wave of prayer could ascend to God from across the country on behalf of those in trouble and those making trouble!
We could pray by name not only for the individuals involved, but for each newscaster, each commentator.
[Theologian] Sidlow Baxter once said, “Men may spurn our appeal, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons, but they are helpless against our prayers. The greater the diameter of our knowledge of human need, the larger will be the circumference of our petitions.”
John Newton, who wrote the well-loved hymn “Amazing Grace,” also wrote:
Come, my soul, thy suit prepare, Jesus loves to answer prayer: He Himself has bid thee pray, Therefore will not say thee nay.
Thou art coming to a King, Large petitions with thee bring; For His grace and power are such None can ever ask too much.