A Fresh Vision for America

A day after turning 94, Billy Graham writes: “I plan to spend the next 12 months, if God permits, doing all that I am able to do in helping to carry out a fresh vision God has given us—a vision to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to every possible place in America by the time of my 95th birthday.”

From the Desk of Billy Graham

All of us care a great deal about our country. The intensity of opinions and feelings during the long political campaign showed the depth of that concern.

Now with the votes counted, it is important to remember that whether we are personally pleased with the outcome or not, God wants us to pray for those chosen to be our leaders—at the national, state, and local levels. The Bible urges us to do so with both respect and thanksgiving (see 1 Peter 2:17; 1 Timothy 2:1–3).

We must also remember that no election will ever solve America’s most basic problems. That is because the trouble, at its root, is in the human heart, and the only path to true restoration—for a person or for a nation—is through repentance. 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, ESV).

Only the Gospel, God’s Good News, has the power to change lives, heal hearts, and restore a nation.

I want that to happen in America, and I know you want that as well. I turned 94 on the day after the election. Although my age and health have limited me physically in recent years, I plan to spend the next 12 months, if God permits, doing all that I am able to do in helping to carry out a fresh vision God has given us—a vision to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to every possible place in America by the time of my 95th birthday. It’s called My Hope, and I pray that you will partner with us.

In the days of the Prophet Jeremiah, God commanded His people to “seek the peace and prosperity” of the land where He had placed them and to “pray to the Lord for it” (Jeremiah 29:7, NIV). I ask you to join me in committing the next 52 weeks to faithful, even fervent, prayer for this land in which we live. You can start by making a list of people you know personally who need Jesus Christ and then begin praying regularly for them, individually by name.

Pray also for your neighborhood and your city, asking God to bring men, women, teens, and children—people from your own community—to Himself during the next 12 months. And pray along with me for the nation, asking God for mercy on America and for a great spiritual awakening.

My son Franklin is spearheading this vision and outreach, working in partnership with thousands of churches across every state in the country (ask your pastor if your church plans to take part). Franklin will be sending you more details on how this will work through the coming months and how you can participate.

At the climax of My Hope one year from now, if God enables me, I want to call the entire nation to repentance and lasting hope in Jesus Christ. The message I give will be presented in a fresh format, different from preaching at a Crusade, but the same Gospel. I believe we will see God work in a mighty way.

It is my passionate, heartfelt desire to see God change hearts and lives in every community in America, and I pray He will stir the same desire in you.

Will you join Franklin and me in this bold venture?

May God bless you,

P.S. Please pray for America, a nation in desperate need of the Gospel, and for God’s great blessing on this vital outreach. We also ask for your financial help to begin an undertaking that may well be the largest we have ever attempted in the United States in our 60-plus years of evangelistic ministry. Please give online today.

  • Nora Ray

    Im with you Billy I pray for our country all the time he needs to cover us with his love and open the eyes of our people and thier hearts thank you Billy you brought me to Christ when I was 12 and you will always be a comfort for me God Bless you and I hope you see your 95th birthday we will be so lucky to have you with us in Christ your sister, Nora Ray

  • Corina Hurley Schoonover

    I will be praying with you Billy. We all need to come together

  • Rosamund Atta-Fynn

    The Evangenlical right is now coming home to the moral reality of American. The republican party is not a christian party, I am sorry to say and neither is the democratic, They are all parties that have a cross section of Americans. It’s a shame for the religious right to pretend that a Mormon is christian because they do not like his opponent. Is America a christian nation? Think about it. How do you expect a president to swear an oath by the bible that he will defend the Constitution of America, and yet the so called religious right want him to exclude some Americans from recognition because they have chosen a path that is against Biblical teaching. Preach the gospel of Salvation from the pulpit for the conversion of human souls and leave govenance to those who want to govern. Our responsibility is to pray for them as stated by the Reverend Billy Graham.

  • Debbie Obuekwe

    I will be praying with you Billy, please permit me to include the UK and Nigeria, you’ve been my family’s mentor from my youth and you’re truly a man of God.

  • Kathleen Flint

    Dear Dr. Graham………….my husband became a Christian here in North Carolina about a year before we had even met. We met in 1972 and were married in 1973. He was attending a Methodist church in Asheville, NC and someone shared the Gospel with him and he accepted Christ as his Savior. He, unfortunately, had no one at his church to disciple him, so he ordered 4 small books from the Billy Graham Association which took him through the discipleship program. He would study a booklet, then send it in to the Association, they would check his work, then send it back. We have never forgotten the fact that the BGEA was there for my husband when he needed them the most. We will be praying mightily for this bold venture that you and Franklin are undertaking, and will take part, hopefully along with our church. I do intend to ask our Pastor about this.

    God bless you and the wonderful vision He has given you! Sincerely, Kathleen

  • Nora Ray

    Billy I will be praying for you I no you are going to be missing Ruth this year at Christmas Im wishing you a wonderful Christmas and in the next year a A Blessing for our Land and I no God will be with you and Franklin I love you Billy you have meant so much to me thew the yrs. I think God for you and you’r whole family I feel very Blessed to know I can see you on tv as I did so many years ago .

  • Boyahdoggie

    I have been praying that someone would come and help SAVE US. I have seen our pulpits become silent over the years and could not figure out why. NOW this silence is deafening and look at where we as Christians are now. Jesus told us that in the last days WE would be hated as HE was hated. That evil would be good and GOOD would become evil and HERE we are in 2012 ! Jesus told us that in the last days we would see and hear things that will deceive even the elect. NOW with nothing stopping Jesus coming for the “church” in the rapture our days have gotten more and more deceitful and corrupt and immoral. All the while our pulpits are silent….but Jesus gave us hope for a the last harvest and I PRAY it will bring millions even billions to the Lord. IIChro. 7:14 tells us that if the people called by MY NAME will humble themselves and repent of their wicked ways that HE will heal our land. I have great hopes that THIS effort of the Grahams and with our LOUD VOICES lifted to GOD we come back where we should have always been…in the loving mercy and grace blessings our Lord gives us. I pray also that our churches WILL find their way back from being silent and apostate! I thank the Grahams for SPEAKING OUT and doing something …I am more than willing to DO ALL I CAN to help souls to know the saving grace of the CROSS. The Son of God came to set us free and HE paid in full with his life and resurrection that by Faith this gives all sinners the forgiveness only Our Lord Christ Jesus can do. Glory to God!!! Maranatha Maranatha

  • Guest

    Thank you for preaching Jesus Christ and caring about lost souls worldwide. You are amazing. Both my mom and I will be praying for you and your ministry. We love you so much and we can’t wait to meet you in heaven.

  • Marge Tamte

    You have long been on my mind as I often recall, with wonder, the years of your active campaigns here in the USA. We lift you up to the Lord for this renewed dream of “revival” here in the USA.

    We have already been praying, “Lord, will you ‘do it again?’ … once more time of revival for our beloved America,”

    Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You have said “yes” to Jesus all of your life, and because of this, God has blessed us all. We pray that our beloved America will open it’s heart once again to the Lord and we pray, “Lord, rain down upon us” to “Open the eyes of our hearts” once more.