Pause for Thought with Ray Dadswell: Timely prayer on both sides of the pond

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Do these book titles sound familiar: ‘Peace with God’, ‘The Secret of Happiness’, ‘Angels: God’s Secret Agents’?

Translated into dozens of languages, they are just three of nearly thirty credited to their author.

Like him or not, we can’t get away from the fact that Dr Billy Graham has made quite an impact on our world. Here are some statistics to prove the point.

It is said that he has preached in person to more people than any other preacher in history.

According to his staff, as of 2008 his lifetime audience, including radio and television, topped 2.2 billion.

By the mid-1990s, more than two and a half million men, women, boys and girls had ‘stepped forward at his evangelistic meetings to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour.’

Now in his early 90s, he recently met with Barack Obama, and has over the years been a spiritual adviser to 12 United States presidents.

He appears as number seven on the Gallup list of admired people for the 20th century.

Good reason, therefore, for us to take notice of his ‘Prayer for the Nation’, which is just as timely for the Christian population in Britain to bring before God, I would suggest.

Read it carefully; what do you think?

“Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and for your direction and guidance.

We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.

We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.

We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.

We have killed our unborn and called it choice.

We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem.

We have abused power and called it politics.

We have coveted our neighbour’s possessions and called it ambition.

We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.

We have ridiculed the time-honoured values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.

Search us, O God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free.”