First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people.
- 1 Timothy 2:1
“Eighty-five years ago, some businessmen gathered at W. Frank Graham’s dairy farm for a prayer meeting. They had met several times at different locations around Charlotte, North Carolina to pray for revival in their city, across their state and to the ends of the Earth. That particular day, one man suggested they pray that God would raise up someone from Charlotte to spread the gospel to the world.
“At that moment, 15-year-old Billy Graham was in the barn doing his chores. None of the men who prayed were thinking of young Billy, who had not yet even given his heart to Jesus Christ. Of course, God answered that prayer in an unimaginable way. Graham later said, “A mystery and wonder of prayer is that God often waits until someone asks.”
“Commit to boldly pray for those in your city and this nation to discover a relationship with the Lord this year. “
- Presidential Prayer Team Devotion
God is in control. Even amid our present chaos, God has a purpose in mind. Beyond this quoted Scripture from 1 Timothy, the chapter goes further to pray for the ‘kings’, because God desires that all will come to Him.
The devotion mentions that Billy Graham was working in the barn while they met, yet he had not committed himself to Jesus at that time. Billy Graham was not a ‘king’ of a country, but many people came to know the Lord through God’s anointing of the Graham crusades.
Who is next? Franklin Graham has continued where his father left off, but there may still be someone to come.
Shall we hope and wish?
No, as the group gathered in Charlotte, NC, 80 years ago, let us pray.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.