In anticipation of the National Day of Prayer (NDP) on May 4, Christian leader Anne Graham Lotz recently alerted Americans that the United States is deteriorating into a state of godless anarchy – a country where it is now politically correct to reject God and His teachings.
Seeing the dire need for God’s intervention less than two weeks out from the 2017 NDP, the daughter of the iconic evangelist Billy Graham impressed that Americans need to pray that Leftists – still angry about the outcome of President Donald Trump coming out on top after November’s election – will not continue to tear the country apart.
“We need God,” Lotz told the Biblical Recorder (BR) in a recent interview. “Our nation is unraveling … disintegrating into anger, anarchy, division. The polarization seems to be paralyzing our government.”
The outspoken sister of Franklin Graham laments that the days of civility and security appear to be in America’s past.
“There seems to be little civil discourse and lots of chaos and confusion,” Lotz pointed out to the Christian publication. “At the same time, we are being threatened by terrorists who are dedicated to destroying us.”
Pray … the only way
She then recited a verse from the Old Testament to urge America back into repentance.
“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.” –2 Chronicles 7:14
Lotz sent the reminder that without prayer, America has no hope.
“God has promised to hear us, forgive us and heal us on the condition that we pray,” impressed the founder and president of AnGeL Ministries, which is headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina. “Therefore, prayer is essential. It is not an option – it is a necessity.”
After replacing Shirley Dobson as the NDP chairman last year, Lotz said she is directing this year’s event to emphasize on humility before God.
“My goal for the NDP this year is to move heaven by leading people in prayer to humble ourselves, seek God’s face and repent of our sin,” she announced to BR.
When asked about the Daniel 9 theme of this year’s event – and its connection to her recent book on Daniel’s prayer – Lotz said she takes her lead from tried and tested heroes of the faith found in the Bible.
“Daniel 9 is a prayer that worked – God answered it,” the evangelist asserted. “It moved heaven and changed Daniel’s nation and the one in which he was living at the time, which was Persia. I believe the pattern of this prayer is one worth following if we want to pray effectively for our nation. The theme for this year’s NDP was taken from Daniel 9:19 because it seems to summarize what Daniel was asking of God.”
Here is part of Daniel’s prayer, which he presented to the Lord in petition and fasting while in sackcloth and ashes as he addressed Jerusalem’s 70 years of desolation during his people’s Babylonian captivity:
“Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, O Lord, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary. Give ear, O God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For your sake, O my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your name.” –Daniel 9:17–19
Lotz was then presented with a concern some have expressed – that NDP could seem to put nationalism above Christian ideals.
“There have been times when the confusion has been understandable, yet as a nation, we seem to have lost our identity,” the conservative Christian explained. “We are one nation, under God. Not just any god, but the living God – the Creator, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – the Father of Jesus Christ. Our national motto is ‘In God We Trust,’ but in our rhetoric – our political correctness, our desire to be inclusive and tolerant, and even in some of our legislation – we are rejecting the God of our fathers … abandoning His moral laws, principles and values.”
She followed up with a sobering reminder to Americans who have grown complacent and fallen down a wayward path.
“God clearly warns us that if we forsake Him, He will forsake us,” Lotz stressed. “I believe God is in the process of removing His hand of blessing from America. It’s imperative for our own survival as a nation that we return to Him before it’s too late, and plead with Him to return to us.”
Earlier warnings …
Around the time of last year’s NDP, when America was still in uncertainty regarding its next president during the election year, Lotz was also fearful about America’s downward spiral away from God.
“[God is] backing away [from America],” Lotz warned during a Christian Post (CP) interview last May. ”We're losing His favor, His blessing, and that is what grieves me, and the answer to that, if that's so, is not a political solution, it's not economics or military or education.”
She pointed to the book of Joel as addressing America’s predicament.
“The answer is – Joel 2 in the Bible says – to rend our hearts and return to God and cry out to Him for His mercy,” Lotz continued. “I think that's where we are."
With the rising concern within the Church that Christianity has become more of a cultural movement or a trend for Americans over the decades, Lotz emphasized on social media late last year that parents must take the sole responsibility of raising their children to have a relationship with Jesus Christ – as her parents did.
She said that unlike many Christian parents who believe their children will just “catch faith,” as if it were some kind of “contagious disease,” her parents were very proactive in making sure that she was firmly rooted in Christ … and not just swept up in a fad, culture or tradition.
"I am asked repeatedly how my parents were able to pass on to me their faith in Jesus,” Lotz expressed in a Facebook post in November. “Although there are several answers to that question, one underlying fact is that my parents were intentional about it."
The lifelong Christian was grateful that her parents, Billy and Ruth Graham, did not take her spiritual walk for granted and just expect it to set in as a result of being exposed to his ministry.
"They did not leave the instruction of biblical trust to the pastor or Sunday school teacher or visiting evangelist to carry out,” Lotz added. “They did not assume that just because I was their child I would somehow 'catch faith' like a contagious disease."
She stressed how active involvement and intimate down-to-earth teaching about having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ – initiated by family members – made all the difference in the world in her spiritual walk.
"They themselves, along with my maternal grandparents, accepted the privilege and the responsibility of teaching me God's Word in a way that was personal, relevant, and easy to understand,” Lotz told her Facebook friends. “Then I had to choose to respond and make their faith my own, which I did as a young girl."
Lotz has frequently maintained how important it is for believers to shroud their children and nation in prayer—no matter how far away from God they have fallen, and she encourages Americans from all walks of life take part in one of more than 40,000 city-wide and state NDP events taking place across America on and around May 4.