Is There Hope for Revival?
From the Desk of Franklin Graham
November 27, 2012 - To find out more about how you and your church can be a part of this nationwide outreach, visit MyHopeWithBillyGraham.org.
Followers of Jesus Christ can still make a crucial difference in our country going forward.
Can revival come to America?
If revival can come to a wicked city like Nineveh in response to the preaching of God’s Word by Jonah, then I believe there is hope for our nation.
The results of the recent election show a definite move toward secularism and a shift away from Christian values and biblical morality. In some states, same sex marriage was approved and marijuana was legalized. Unbelievably, whether it was apathy or indifference, there were millions of evangelical Christians who stayed at home and did not go to the polls. Had more Christians exercised their right and privilege to vote in this election, perhaps the outcomes on the national and state levels could have been quite different.
However, I believe that followers of Jesus Christ can still make a crucial difference in our country going forward.
I would like to call on Christians in America to especially pray for our president and all those in authority. God desires that “petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (1 Timothy 2:1–2, NIV).
While I don’t think our nation can experience God’s hand of favor if we continue to turn our back on Him, I do believe that praying Christians who take a bold stand for Christ can help stem the rising tide of godlessness in our nation.
Because God is slow to anger and merciful to sinners, it is important that we do all we can to bring the message of repentance of sins and forgiveness through Christ to as many people as we can—and to do so with a real sense of urgency. We need to pray diligently for the lost, for revival in our own hearts and in churches, and for a turning of our nation to God.
Ninevah repented at the preaching of God’s Word, and what happened in Ninevah can happen in America today. We are launching the most aggressive and largest evangelistic effort in the history of our ministry—My Hope with Billy Graham. Instead of a citywide Crusade in a packed stadium, this outreach will occur all over America in living rooms like yours.
I’m inviting you to be a part of this, starting right now. Every great evangelistic effort begins with prayer, is sustained with prayer, and ends with prayer. So I urge you to make a list of unsaved friends and family, then begin praying regularly for their openness to the Gospel and their salvation. What better Christmas gift could you give them?
To find out more about how you and your church can be a part of this nationwide outreach, visit MyHopeWithBillyGraham.org. If you do not have access to the Internet, call us at 1-877-7MY-HOPE (1-877-769-4673) and we will send the information you need.
When I was in South Sudan just a few weeks ago, I couldn’t help but notice the sharp contrast between what has been happening in America and what God is doing in this, the newest country in the world. I preached the Gospel to 100,000 people who stood in the hot African sun to listen to God’s Word.
When I gave the invitation each afternoon, I reminded people that I could not save them—but that the One who could save them is Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for their sins, rose again, and offers forgiveness. People literally ran forward to receive Christ. It was a thrill to see, and we say with the psalmist: “This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes” (Psalm 118:23, NASB).
It is the church in South Sudan that is forming the backbone for the country’s future. Many government leaders and cabinet members are strong believers—some are even preachers. Church leaders are eager to have the preaching of the Gospel as a foundation of their emerging country.
We called our evangelistic Crusade in the capital city of Juba Hope for a New Nation. A jubilant 600-member choir, the largest Christian choir ever assembled in the Sudan, ignored the stifling heat and sang in worship to the Lord in both English and Arabic. Thousands—young and old—received the message of repentance and forgiveness and ran forward to make public professions of their faith in Jesus Christ.
A prominent local bishop summed up his thoughts on what had happened. “God has visited us. South Sudan is not going to be the same. The churches of this land are not going to be the same. God is blessing this nation. God is reigning in this nation. God is bringing hope to this nation. God’s Name will be exalted.”
We have a busy year of ministry ahead of us. Along with the My Hope project across the United States and Canada, there are Crusade events scheduled in a number of places around the globe during 2013, including South Carolina, India, Kenya, Australia, Japan, Thailand, Bolivia, Iceland, and London, England.
These are enormous undertakings, and we can only carry them out through faithful prayers and regular gifts from friends like you.
May God richly bless you and your family with peace and joy this Christmas.
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