With President Donald Trump arguably receiving more opposition than any of his predecessors in United States history, Rev. Franklin Graham has dedicated a “special day of prayer” calling Christians to ask God to protect the Republican leader from his enemies.
“Along with 250+ Christian leaders, I am asking followers of Christ across our nation to set aside next Sunday, June 2, as a special day of prayer for the President, Donald J. Trump,” Graham posted on Facebook Sunday. “President Trump’s enemies continue to try everything to destroy him, his family and the presidency. In the history of our country, no president has been attacked as he has. I believe the only hope for him – and this nation – is God.”
Presidential advisor Dr. Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of First Baptist Dallas, says he regularly visits President Donald Trump and marvels at how positive and upbeat the president is, despite the beating he takes. Jeffress contends it's because people are already praying for the man.
"One thing I've noticed is it's not just limited to one day a year," Jeffress tells OneNewsNow. "Everywhere I go Christians tell me, 'We are praying for President Trump.' And I believe the reason they are is they sense that he represents their values in his policies."
Jeffress notes that it's not optional to pray for the leaders of the nation – that in fact, they are to pray for all those in authority.
"Regardless of whether you like him or not," the Southern Baptist pastor adds, "the fact is this president is the most pro-life, pro-religious liberty, pro-conservative judiciary president we've had in history."
The first few verses of 1 Timothy 2 urge believers to make "petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving … for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth."
Only God can overcome
The official declaration includes the backing of hundreds of evangelical leaders.
“We the undersigned are calling for June 2 to be a special Day of Prayer for the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, that God would protect, strengthen, embolden and direct him,” the official page published on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) website reads. “We believe our nation is at a crossroads – at a dangerous precipice. The only one who can fix our country’s problems is God Himself, and we pray that God will bless our president and our nation for His glory.”
With just over one year left before Trump’s first term in office comes to a close, Graham encourages Americans to take to their knees and beg God’s hand to protect the nation from the anti-Christian politicians and agendas seeking to replace Trump and dispose of the biblical policies he has fought to put into place and enforce.
“This is a critical time for America – we’re on the edge of a precipice – time is short,” Graham impressed on Facebook. “We need to pray for God to intervene. We need to ask God to protect, strengthen, encourage and guide the president.”
He used Scripture to incite Christians into action to make sure God’s hand of protection does not leave the United States as enemies of God’s Word seek to impose unbiblical policies to promote behaviors that the Bible explicitly identifies as sin.
“We know that God hears and answers prayer,” Graham continued. “He can soften hearts and change minds. He is all-powerful, and He rules over the affairs of nations. The Bible instructs us to pray for those in authority, ‘that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior (1 Timothy 2:2–3).”
The president and CEO of BGEA and Samaritan’s Purse encourages Christian groups across America pray directly for Trump and to spread the word to everyone within their realm of influence at work, school, church, home and virtually through social media followings.
“On June 2, we ask that pastors would lead their congregations in praying for the president, that Sunday schools and other groups would join together and pray – and that individuals and families across the country would have a special focus on praying for the President that day,” Graham wrote. “[W]ill you share this on your social media platforms so that we can have as many people as possible praying?”
The 66-year-old evangelist from North Carolina ended with a Scripture written by the Apostle Paul:
“’For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places,’ (Ephesians 6:12),” Graham recited from the New Testament.
A formidable following
Many prominent Christian leaders are listed among the 250-plus signing onto the divine calling for Trump’s protection, including:
- James Dobson Family Institute President Dr. James Dobson and his wife Shirley Dobson, the former chairperson of the National Day of Prayer
- Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.)
- Family Research Council President Tony Perkins
- American Family Association President Tim Wildmon
- Former Congresswoman Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.)
- American Values President Gary Bauer
- Fox News contributor and First Baptist Church (Dallas) Pastor Robert Jeffress
- Wallbuilders President David Barton
- Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr.
- Harvest Christian Fellowship Pastor Greg Laurie
- Christian apologist, author and public speaker Eric Metaxas
- Former Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines
- Southern Evangelical Seminary President Richard Land
- Concerned Women for America President Penny Young Nance
- National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference President Samuel Rodriguez
- Christian music artist Michael W. Smith
In addition, Christian news outlets, including CBN News, and other ministries have gotten the word out relaying Graham’s plea to undergird the president with prayer on this specially designated day next month.
In addition to Graham’s Facebook post, he took to Twitter to get his message across.
"If [Trump] succeeds, we all benefit," Graham assured in a video he tweeted on the prayer event. "But if his enemies are allowed to destroy him – and pull down the presidency – it will hurt our entire nation."
It was pointed out that the timing of Graham’s call for prayer comes at the crossroads of Democrats’ ramped-up efforts to impeach the president, with Obama-appointed U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta ruling last week that he must comply with the party’s subpoena.
“The announcement comes as congressional Democrats debate whether to pursue impeachment proceedings against Trump for obstructing justice in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and other matters,” The Christian Post noted.
5/30/2019 - Comments from Dr. Robert Jeffress added.