The death of George Floyd has started a protest against racism and police brutality. But the rallies have gone violent within the following days as some of the protesters resorted to looting and damaging properties. Hence, evangelist Franklin Graham has urged the Church to stand up in prayer.
Franklin Graham is the CEO of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan Purse, an international Christian relief organization.
He first pleaded for prayer on the morning of Saturday when the protests became destructive, “making the communities looking like war zones, multiplying the hurt and the hate.” He remarked that the criminal actions would just worsen the tragedy and deepen the scars.
“I ask Christians across the country to pray – for calm, for peace and for an end to the violence. This honors no one and may cost many more lives,” he requested. “The only One who can heal the racial divide is Jesus Christ who has the power to transform the human heart.”
A Call to Prayer
In his follow up Facebook post, Graham enumerated some of the things we can pray for in the midst of the crisis. “Will you pray, and will you share this with your pastor?”
“We need to pray for PEACE, because the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God,” the minister first mentioned. He referenced James 1:20 with the prayer point.
Second, he encouraged the church to “pray for PERSPECTIVE, because the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable.” He continued, “gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere” (James 3:17)
And lastly, “pray for an OUTPOURING of His wisdom and direction for our leaders and officials who are dealing with the crisis. Ask God to change hearts and heal this divide in our nation.”