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September 16, 2013

Keep praying for leaders

DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Our pastor is always praying for our nation and our leaders and things like that, but does it honestly do any good? I can’t see that we’re any better off today than we were 50 or 100 years ago, and in some ways we’re probably worse. – Mrs. S.F.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Our pastor is always praying for our nation and our leaders and things like that, but does it honestly do any good? I can’t see that we’re any better off today than we were 50 or 100 years ago, and in some ways we’re probably worse. – Mrs. S.F.

DEAR S.F.:

You’re probably right; in some ways our society and our world are worse off than they were 50 or 100 years ago.

Not that those days were perfect, for they definitely weren’t. A hundred years ago, for instance, the world was on the brink of a horrific war that would kill or maim millions. But I can’t help but wonder if we’re now living in the days of which the Bible speaks: “People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God” (2 Timothy 3:2-4).

But that means we need to pray more, not less! I have no doubt our world would be an even worse place if God’s people didn’t pray.

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