The Reverend Billy Graham recently published a commentary in which he stated that “America is just as wicked as Sodom and Gomorrah ever were.” He did not leave his readers there, though, but he pointed to the power of prayer.
He said that, despite America deserving judgement, “God would spare us if we were earnestly praying, with hearts that had been cleansed and washed by the blood of Christ.”
Graham addressed the importance of prayer to America when he said:
“Down through our history our nation’s leaders have carried their plans and hopes to God in prayer. Yet today we have come to a place where we regard prayer in our national life simply as a venerated tradition. We have no sense of coming to grips with God; we simply use prayer as a formality.”
Graham did not focus all of his attention on America, but also addressed the failures of the UN. He wrote: “One of the reasons the United Nations has become so ineffective in handling world situations is that there is no prayer, no recognition of God. Unless the leaders of nations turn to God in prayer, their best plans will fail, just as did the plans of those who built the tower of Babel.”
Graham filled his commentary with Biblical and other historical examples of people who have prayed and seen the power of God made manifest. He wrote of Elijah praying for fire to consume his offering, Jesus praying to the Father for his friend Lazarus, and John Wesley’s prayers for revival in England.
Graham’s commentary, entitled “Turning the Tide of History,” offers a simple solution to the nation’s many woes. “The problems of the world will never be settled unless our national leaders go to God in prayer,” he writes.
What do you think? Is Graham’s call for prayer and repentance in a society as “wicked as Sodom and Gomorrah ever were” the critical solution to the problems America faces?
This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom