By Franklin Graham
It was a privilege to be at the National Prayer Breakfast Feb. 8. Many powerful testimonies to God and prayers for our country were shared by different individuals.
The Prayer breakfast is a bipartisan event co-chaired by a Democrat and a Republican. This just goes to show you that both parties in Washington can work together – when we come together in Jesus’ name. It was refreshing to see.
Below are some of the comments made by the President yesterday morning. Pray for himand for all of our leaders in Washington.
- “Each year this event reminds us that faith is central to American life and to liberty. Our founders invoked our Creator four times in the Declaration of Independence. Our currency declares ‘In God We Trust.’ And we place our hands on our hearts as we recite the Pledge of Allegiance and proclaim we are ‘One Nation Under God.'”
- “America is a nation of believers and together we are strengthened by the power of prayer.”
- “Our rights are not given to us by man; our rights come from our Creator. No matter what, no earthly force can take those rights away. That is why the words, ‘praise be to God’ are etched atop the Washington Monument, and those same words are etched into the hearts of our people. So today we praise God for how truly blessed we are to be American.”
- “On our land, we see the splendor of God’s creation. Throughout history we see the story of God’s providence and in every city and town we see the Lord’s grace around us through a million acts of kindness, courage and generosity. We love God. We see the Lord’s grace in the service members who risk their lives for our freedom. We see it in the teachers who work tirelessly for their students and the police who sacrifice for our communities. And we see the Lord’s grace in the moms and dads who work two and three jobs to give their children the chance for a better and much more prosperous and happier life.”
- “As the Bible tells us, ‘For we are God’s handiwork, created in Jesus Christ to do good works.’”
- “When Americans are able to live by their convictions, to speak openly of their faith and to teach children what is right, our families thrive, our communities flourish, and our nation can achieve anything.”
Franklin Graham is president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse. This editorial first appeared on his Facebook page.