Franklin Graham Announces March on FB

In a Facebook video, Franklin Graham asks supporters to join Him on the National Mall in Washington D.C. for a prayer walk on September 26. He invited whole families to the event that is slated to last two hours, with multiple stops along the march for prayer times.

WASHINGTON (BP) — Evangelist Franklin Graham asked Americans to join him in a Washington prayer march Sept. 26 to plead for God to save the nation from its present distress. “Our communities are hurting. Our people are divided, and there’s fear and uncertainty all around us,” Graham said in a video announcing the event. “So, let’s join together and do the most important thing, and that is to pray.” The event’s website underscored the march’s spiritual purpose. “This is a dedicated prayer walk,” it said. “Not a protest. Not a political rally supporting any candidate or political party.”

Graham asked attendees of the Sept. 26 event to convene at noon for a two-hour march along the 1.8-mile route from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol building. He said the march would stop along its path several times for prayers - in Jesus’ name - for the nation and its leaders.

Amid a global COVID-19 pandemic and an international uprising decrying injustice and racism, Graham asked the nation to place its hope in God. “America is in trouble. It’s in distress. But we do have hope and that hope is in our Almighty God,” he said in the video posted at BGEA.org. Graham is the president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse.

The BGEA website offers downloadable church bulletin inserts. Visitors may also sign up for updates from the organization about the march. The online resources are available at BillyGraham.org/2020PrayerMarch.

Ronnie Floyd, president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, said he was excited about the initiative. “There has never been a time in American history where we have needed God more than today. This is why I’m excited about this initiative to call all Americans to pray at this critical time,” Floyd said. “We need to cry out to God for revival in the church and awakening in the nation so we will be even more empowered to reach every person for Jesus Christ in every town, every city, every state, and every nation.”

Floyd has long focused on prayer as a nationwide emphasis. In his present role, he led the SBC EC to revise its mission statement to include assisting churches by elevating the ministry of prayer. He served as president of the National Day of Prayer from 2018-2019. A 20th-anniversary edition of his book “How to Pray: Developing an Intimate Relationship With God” released in 2019.

Kevin Parker contributed to this report.

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