Evangelist Franklin Graham, the president and CEO of the Samaritans purse and the Billy Graham Association, opened up the fourth and final night of the 2020 Republican National Convention in a word of prayer for America.
"Let us pray," Graham said on Thursday. "Our Heavenly Father, which art in Heaven, we thank you for the great bounty you have bestowed on this nation and the many blessings we have received the past four years. We are forever grateful”.
"As we come tonight, our country is facing trouble. Tens of thousands are in the path of a deadly storm. The pandemic has gripped millions of hearts with fear. We are divided. We have witnessed injustice. Anger and despair have flowed into the streets. We need your help. We need to hear your voice at this crucial hour."
"We ask that you would unite our hearts, to be one nation under God,” Graham pleaded. “For you are our only hope. We declare today our total dependence upon you and our need of repentance as a people.”
"I thank you tonight for our President Donald J. Trump. We pray that you would give him wisdom from on high, clarity of vision, and strength as he leads this nation forward. Bless him. We pray for our first lady Melania. Their son Barron and all of the family. Protect them and keep them strong and safe.”
"We thank you for Vice President Mike Pence. For his steady hand and clear voice. We pray for second lady Karen Pence and their family.”
"Father, we know that you can make this nation great once again. If we turn our eyes and our hearts to you, and follow your word in obedience. May your will be done on this earth as it is in heaven. And we pray this in the mighty name of your son, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen," Graham concluded.
His father, the late renowned evangelist Billy Graham, offered benedictions at both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions in 1988. Billy Graham had served as a spiritual advisor to 12 consecutive U.S Presidents, ranging from Harry Truman to Barack Obama.
On February 20, 2018, Graham went home to be with the Lord. He was 99.
Earlier this week, Franklin Graham’s daughter, Cissie Graham Lynch, gave a speech on night two of the RNC as she contended that President Trump is an advocate for religious freedom.
Conversely, Graham’s niece, Jerushah Duford, criticized Evangelicals for supporting Trump in an op-ed this week. She also stated that she has not spoken to her uncle in light of his support for the President.
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