Billy Graham’s Prayer for our Nation-Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

The text of a prayer said to be from Billy Graham and for the United States.  Paul Harvey allegedly aired it on his radio program and got the greatest response of anything he’s broadcast.

The Truth:

This prayer was not from Billy Graham but rather from a minister named Joe Wright who offered it in front of the Kansas State House in 1996.

Someone simply added Billy Graham’s name to it and started circulating it in July, 2008.

CLICK HERE for that story.

Updated 8/11/08

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:


Subject: Billy Graham’s Prayer for our Nation

Billy Graham’s Prayer For Our Nation

Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to
seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, ‘Woe to those who call
evil good,’ but that is exactly what we have done. 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 shot abortionists and called it
justifiable. 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 neighbor’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-honored values of our forefathers and called it
enlightenment. Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin
and Set us free. Amen!’

Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his radio program, ‘The Rest of
the Story,’ and received a larger response to this program than any other he
has ever aired. With the Lord’s help, may this prayer sweep over our nation
and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we again can be called ‘One
nation under God.’

If possible, please pass this prayer on to your friends. ‘If you don’t stand
for something, you will fall for everything.’

Think about this: If you forward this prayer to everyone on your e-mail
list, in less than 30 days it would be heard by the world. (It’s worth a try!)

One Nation Under (one) God