Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of famed evangelist Billy Graham, gets a lot of questions about her 98-year-old father, as well as the rest of her well-known family. She answers gracefully, and lately, directs those conversations toward prayer.
Last year, Lotz stepped into a new role as National Day of Prayer (NDP) Task Force chairman, a position formerly held by Shirley Dobson. Lotz has spent this last year encouraging national leaders to pray and to unite in prayer for the United States.
The 2017 NDP is May 4. This year’s theme – “For Your Great Name’s sake! Hear us … Forgive us … Heal us.” – is based on Daniel 9:19 – “O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and Your people are called by Your name.”
It was Billy Graham’s address at the U.S. Capitol in February 1952 that inspired legislation for an annual NDP. That bill was passed unanimously and signed April 17, 1952, by President Harry Truman.
Then, in January 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed a law designating the first Thursday in May for the annual observance.
Lotz is founder and president of AnGeL Ministries based in Raleigh.
She and her late husband, Danny, have three children and three grandchildren. Lotz’s recent book, The Daniel Prayer: Prayer That Moves Heaven and Changes Nations, also highlights the importance of prayer.
She was one of the speakers during the 2017 Baptists on Missions conference March 17-18 and was part of a story covering the event in the April 8 issue of the Biblical Recorder. She is a member of Christ Baptist Church in Raleigh, a church that her late husband helped start.
The Biblical Recorder interviewed Lotz to find out more about her new position, the upcoming NDP and the importance of prayer. What follows is a lightly edited transcript.
Q: Why is prayer needed for our nation?
A: We need God. Our nation is unraveling … disintegrating into anger, anarchy, division. The polarization seems to be paralyzing our government. There seems to be little civil discourse and lots of chaos and confusion. At the same time, we are being threatened by terrorists who are dedicated to destroying us. God promised in 2 Chronicles 7:14 – “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
God has promised to hear us, forgive us and heal us on the condition that we pray. Therefore prayer is essential. It is not an option, it is a necessity.
SOURCE: The Biblical Recorder