Franklin Graham, and My “Why” Questions on Prayer

Posted: Jun 04, 2019

As many of you know, Franklin Graham asked churches to pray for the president this past Sunday. While this is a good step, it left me with several “why” questions:

Why is it, when 1 Timothy 2:2 tells us to pray for “ALL who are in high positions,” that Graham only asked us to pray for the president? “All in high positions” includes Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Mitch McConnell, and everyone in all 3 legislative branches of the federal government, plus the supreme court. There is a massive spiritual battle going on in our federal government, and just because we don’t agree with one side doesn’t mean we shouldn’t pray for them, in fact, it may mean we need to pray for them more.

“All in high positions” includes those in our state and city governments too, all who are making wide ranging decisions that have an impact on the future of our country.

Did Graham only ask for prayer for Trump because the church has a developed a “We vs. them mentality,” so we’re only going to pray for those who we think are on our side?

My other “why” question is, why is it that in so many evangelical churches, prayer is a special event? We wait for a “national day of prayer,” or a “prayer and worship service,” or for when one of the big Christian names calls for a special event, when prayer is the church’s most powerful weapon and every church should be on its knees every weekend?.

Revivals are sparked by prayer. (We’re not going to preach our way out of this mess – if this was the case then the weekly sermons held in churches every week would have turned our country around long ago). Jesus confirmed that our churches are to be houses of prayer (Matthew 21:13). Yet on most Sundays in our evangelical churches, a brief “God bless our service” prayer is as far as it goes.

If we want revival and healing in our country, the answer is easy – put every congregation on its knees every weekend for at least 20 minutes, until we start seeing massive change. (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Why don’t our church leaders see this? You can’t read through the book of Acts without seeing that the early church was a praying powerhouse that changed the world. Why aren’t the Franklin Grahams and the other big Christian names calling for the church to be a house of prayer on an ongoing basis?

I can’t help wondering if many of our churches are prayerless because of these two reasons: “that’s not how we do church,” meaning, we’re stuck in our American tradition and way of doing church, and, people don’t want to be forced outside of their comfort zones. They want to come to church, stay in their warm cocoons of isolation, hear the message and sing praise songs, and go home.

If we realize we’re a church at war, then the only way we’re going to “win” is to bring out the big guns – and prayer is our biggest.

For those of you who live in Colorado Springs, Blazing Grace Church prays together every Sunday. Join us Sundays at 10:00am.