September 30, 2013
By Billy Graham
Every man or woman whose life has ever counted for God has been a person of prayer.
Jesus demonstrated the importance of prayer by His own example. His whole ministry was saturated with prayer.
On one occasion, “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed” (Mark 1:35). On another occasion “Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray’” (Luke 11:1). He responded by giving them what came to be His most quoted works, the Lord’s Prayer.
As His death approached, He withdrew to the Garden of Gethsemane, a secluded place outside the walls of Jerusalem, to pray. “And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground” (Luke 22:44). His last words from the cross were a prayer: “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit” (Luke 23:46).
If prayer was this important to the Son of God during His journey on earth, shouldn’t it be important to us?
Thousands of people across the country regularly pray for My Hope America with Billy Graham, their own Matthew lists, and the outreach efforts of people just like you. We know that this effort, from the outset, has been a movement of prayer. And God is answering those prayers specifically—already hundreds have accepted Christ! Please join us in lifting up this historic effort and praying specifically for those you know who need Christ.
“The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working” James 5:16, ESV