Franklin Graham’s Thanksgiving message: Pray for Obama
November 21st, 2012
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Franklin Graham’s Thanksgiving message: Pray for Obama

Washington (CNN) – With the world facing “perilous times” and “anxiety stemming from economic challenges,” evangelical leader Franklin Graham is asking congregations to pray for President Barack Obama, even though Graham endorsed the president’s opponent in the 2012 election.

“Having just come through a divisive national election, I am urging pastors across this country to lead their congregations in praying daily for our president, Barack Obama … for wisdom, Divine guidance, and that God would accomplish His will and purposes,” Graham said in a statement. “While politics is noticeably partisan, prayer must never be partisan. Americans need to come together, and people of faith should lead the way, by praying diligently for our leaders whether or not they agree with them or their policies.”


Filed under: 2012 • Belief Blog • Faith • President Obama
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Dennis Freeman

    Please spare me the rhetoric!

    November 21, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. Larry L

    Oh no... an article about religion. Get ready for thousands of comments. We'll see sanctimonious Biblical quotations, atheists ridiculing the hard-core Bible-thumpers, and the nut-cases who've quit screaming at the traffic long enough to write a comment. It's always a circus...

    November 21, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |

    Why do Christians think they know what's best for everyone? Ugh. Give it a rest!

    November 21, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  4. kayla


    November 21, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  5. Travis

    @ Larry L
    "It's always a circus..."

    Except circuses are supposed to be fun. Posting a comment anymore on any article on the Ticker is not. Apparently, no one can have a differing point of view anymore without being ridiculed over it.

    November 21, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F

    For the majority of Americans, God has answered our prayers and sent the GOP packing.

    November 21, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. jack

    Reverend, please spare us your so-called wisdom. You trashed President Obama during the campaighn with your "not a Christian, danger to the country" remarks. Just pleasae shut up and go away.

    November 21, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    As much as I personally believe the whle religion thing exists on a sliding scale with "goofy" at one end and "horrifying" at the other, I can dig what he said here. The ostensible sentiment of the statement is...helpful. I'll even hold off on using my Teatroll Rosetta Stone to translate the code-talk this time.

    November 21, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. John the Historian

    Franklin thinks the president is a muslim. He needs to ask for forgiveness from the President. he also needs to stay out of politics. Never forget President Truman kicked Billy Graham out of the White House and called him a counterfeit. Bill Bennett is right the Republicans have lost the cultural wars. What will Billy and Franklin do if the Supreme Court rules Gay marriage is legal ? I hope they eat crow,

    November 21, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  10. Michael Gray

    Frank Graham is a fraud of the worst sort. He is a janus faced hypocrite, living the high life since his days as a drunken, drug taking member of the counterculture, until it became financially favorable to become a 'christian'.

    November 21, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  11. Woman In California

    As a Christian, I am glad to hear Franklin Graham asking those who hate the president to forget the partisan and sincerely pray for him. IF you don't believe in prayer it's simple, don't pray. Otherwise, let us Christians take heed in asking our Heavenly Father to keep our president safe and to guide him as he did Solomon into making decisions that are right during these terrible times.

    November 21, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  12. plain&simple

    When one says we all need help and guidance....he's speaking the humble truth.

    November 21, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. Bill

    Graham is a nutjob and a hack. Go away – no none cares what you think.

    November 21, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. Wake up People!

    Yeah right Billy, Jr.
    If my memory serves me correct, weren't you and your old phony fossil of a father calling him a muslim a few weeks back?? Now you think we want or need your phony prayers? Not. The majority of Americans prayers were answered 2 weeks ago. We don't need any help from hypocrites.

    Now go crawl back under your rock.

    November 21, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  15. David

    Spare me indeed

    November 21, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  16. Sam

    I can't believe that Franklin has finally decided to obey the scriptures and pray for the President.Up until now all he's sounded like was a judgmental hypocrite. Maybe his Dad's teaching is starting to take some effect after all these years.

    November 21, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. Data Driven

    Worry about your flock's souls, Reverend. Let the politics take care of itself. Rendering, Caesar, God ... All that.

    November 21, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  18. Al-NY,NY

    thanks but no thanks Billy boy. Keep your opinions to yourself for a change

    November 21, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. More of the same

    Pray for Obama? How about praying for the members of a cult of false Christians whose only purpose is to evade taxes? This guy follows the money, just like all of the TV religious folks.

    November 21, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  20. CommonSense

    I realized the prayer works because President Obama was re-elected no matter how much Romney lied and money spent by the GOP trying to defeat Franklin, if you're sincere then I guess....

    November 21, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  21. janemp

    And, oh, by the way, Muslim is a mogrel religion–quote from Rev. Graham.

    November 21, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  22. Gurgyl

    Idiots of religion zealotry.

    November 21, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |

    If Obama wants credit, let him show us a photo of Pres. Morsy and himself - egyptian president did not appear with clinton at public announcement. Egyptian foreign minister only - and no mention of clinton during his public announcement. Hillary's announcement was drowned out bu loud arabic translator. clinton words could not be heard. her presense was insignificant. obama and clinton are irrelevant to the mideast peace process except for the iron dome. america can continue sending them money if they want. head of hamas recognizes egyptian effort not american. borders may begin to open up but obama evilness must be watched. obama might try to sabotage the peace. obama might influence netanyanu to be afraid of the intentions of arabs. CNN needs to watch obama and his evil people to protect the cease fire. obama and ambasador to israel will sound negative and sabotage the effort of egypt, hamas and israel.

    November 21, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |

    We will pray for POTUS for sure - after Obama used Clinton to save face

    November 21, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  25. Guest

    I pray he doesnt destroy our nation any more than he already has and that the next four years go by quickly!

    November 21, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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