Trump Fine Tunes His Cabinet

President Trump will continue to fine tunes his leader positions for the good of the country.

*Please pray for President Trump and for all those undergoing changes.

State Department:  Rex Tillerson out, Mike Pompeo in.

CIA:  Mike Pompeo out, Gina Haspel in.

*Pray that the media and our country would let Trump be Trump.

*Pray that President Trump will not give in to pressure, that he would run the country as he sees best.

*Pray that those undergoing change would be confirmed without a problem. Some in Congress see problems with  both Pompeo and with Haspel, but most think they are good choices.

*Also pray over the McCabe firing, that the entire truth would be revealed and justice will prevail.

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Pray for Trump’s Safety as He Meets with the North Korean Dictator


There is a lot on the Presidents table. He needs our constant prayers—for safety, strength, and endurance. Here are a few of the more important issues on his agenda.

  1. To keep our country safe from those who want to shoot up our schools and kill our kids.
  2. To bring back steel and aluminum factories and jobs into our country, as he pursues fair trade practices.
  3. To keep our boarders safe. To work with the AG, to be rid of illegals and gangs and to disband all sanctuary cities and states.
  4. The President is getting ready to meet with the North Korean dictator. Pray for his safety and pray that he will be able to discern what Rocket Man is up to.
  5. Continue to pray that leaders will root out all sources of correction in our government, and pray that all criminals will soon be prosecuted.
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Looking Back at Billy Graham’s Life from His Autobiography – Part 7


To celebrate Billy Graham’s life I am re-posting these articles I wrote back in 2013, having to do with his prayer life. Enjoy.

 50 Prayer Experiences: from Billy Graham’s Autobiography, Just As I Am – Part 7

Posted on March 1, 2013 by Stephen Nielsen

In this seventh and last part we will review Billy Graham’s autobiography in terms of his prayers in the later years of his life. He was still going strong as he preached in 55 Crusades (from 1985 to 1996), and he went to places that he may have never thought possible.

Part 7
1985 – 1996

  1. In 1959, when Billy Graham and Grady Wilson went to Moscow as tourists, they visited Lenin Stadium, and being greatly impressed by its vastness, Billy Graham prayed that someday God would open the door for him and his team to go there and preach the gospel. Thirty years later God answered that prayer. Billy Graham was invited by Russian church leaders to hold a full-scale evangelism crusade in Moscow and other cities in October of 1992. (pp. 380, 556)
  2. I think one of the highlights of Billy Graham’s ministry was the two Amsterdam’s (in 1983 and 1986) in Holland. They were gatherings of over 5,000 itinerant evangelists from all over the world with the objective of training, helping and encouragement. Billy recalled that the corporate prayer times were especially moving. I can imagine that it was a little chaotic since there were so many different languages spoken in prayer, but Billy said that it was “thrilling to realize that God could understand them all.” (p. 576).
  3. In 1991, on the day that the Gulf War started, Billy Graham was in the White House with President George Bush and Barbara. As they watched what was happening on CNN on TV Billy suggested that they pray. They prayed that the war would be short and with few casualties. Well as we know the war was very short, with only a few casualties (at least on our side). (p. 585)
  4. Billy Graham’s two trips to North Korea, in 1992 and 1994, was something he never expected to experience. Foreigners, much less Christian evangelists have not been permitted in that country. But he had a growing desire to go and speak there. God had put it in his heart, mainly, he thought, because it was where Ruth grew up as a missionary in the 30’s, and also because he knew that in that time (the 30’s) Korea (north and south) had a very large Christian population. But sadly, now only a few old Christians remain; the rest have fled, and many have been martyred.

At first, all their efforts to get into Korea turned out to be dead ends. But with continued prayer, a way finally opened up through Dr. Stephen Linton who knew several diplomats. As a result of a one year’s worth of discussion in both New York and Pyongyang, North Korea, an official invitation finally arrived from the Korean Protestant Federation.

Well, as you can imagine Billy Graham was not allowed to preach the gospel as usual to try to bring others to Christ. There were only two churches that he was allowed to preach in—a Protestant church and a Catholic church. He was also invited to speak to students and political leaders—not to preach, but to give academic lectures. In his first visit in 1992 he recounted that to his surprise Kim Il Sung University invited him to deliver a lecture to 400 students. He spoke on “The Influence of Religion on American Society.” On his second visit in 1994, to a much larger group in the same university, he spoke on the major problems facing the world. He recounted, “I pointed out that as a Christian, I was convinced that the root of all our problems came from the human heart, and that our greatest need was spiritual in nature.”

At another time Billy was given the great opportunity to speak to about 1000 political and economic leaders. They were apparently selected to come and hear him and to spy him out—so as to get an advantage on us as Americans. But as we know, what others mean for evil, God can turn it around for good. I have no doubt that the speaking and the friendships Billy made there will come to great good. Possibly many hearts have come to Christ because of those two visits. (pp. 616-632)

  1. Billy Graham got to know many people in his travels and ministry, and I can imagine that he cherished their friendships. But when they died he also experienced great loss. Billy recalled that in 1968 when Dr. Marten Luther King Jr. died, he lost a great friend. At the time of his death he was playing gulf in Australia. And immediately, when he heard the sad news he had all the journalists and others gather around for prayer. They prayed for the family, for the United States, and for the healing of racial divisions in the world. (p. 696)



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President Trump Honors Billy Graham with Tweets

President Trump honors Billy Graham with these tweets:


Feb 28, 2018 12:10:22 PM – Today, in the center of this great Chamber lies Billy Graham – an Ambassador for Christ who reminded the world of the power of prayer and the gift of God’s grace.

Feb 28, 2018 01:36:53 PM – Starting at a small Bible School in Florida, Billy Graham soon led a nationwide revival. From a large tent in Los Angeles, to one hundred thousand people in a single day at Yankee Stadium, to more than two million people at Madison Square Garden over sixteen weeks in 1957…

Feb 28, 2018 02:01:34 PM Today we honor Billy Graham as only three private citizens before him have been honored. We say a prayer for our country: that all across this land, the Lord will raise up men and women like Billy Graham to spread a message of love and hope to every precious child of God.







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Looking Back at Billy Graham’s Life from His Autobiography – Part 6


To commemorate Billy Graham’s life I am re-posting these articles I wrote back in 2013, having to do with his prayer life. Enjoy.

 50 Prayer Experiences: from Billy Graham’s Autobiography, Just As I Am – Part 6

Posted on February 25, 2013 by Stephen Nielsen

In this sixth part we will review Billy Graham’s prayers with four key American presidents—Johnson, Nixon, Ford, and Reagan. We will also see how Billy’s preaching came to Russia—a very exciting time in history!


Part 6
1961 – 1984


  1. Though Billy Graham didn’t agree with all of his policies, he made a great friend of LBJ. He saw a side of him that most people didn’t see; he had a deep, sincere spiritual dimension. Billy said he was beside him many times as he knelt by his bedside in his pajamas. (p. 404)
  2. In 1970 an amazing thing happened. Billy recounted that when he and LBJ (out of office at the time) were driving all over his ranch, raising dust as they drove, LBJ jokingly asked him to pray for a little rain. Well, Billy took him seriously and offered up a short prayer. In minutes it was pouring!! (P. 417)
  3. Billy also became a great friend to Nixon. He often read scriptures to him, counseled him, and prayed with him. Nixon considered him a great aid and called him often for prayers. (pp. 444-450)
  4. The Watergate scandal was a great strain on America, and it left a deep scar. President Gerald Ford did a good job as a healer and peace keeper. And Billy Graham was there beside him. They spent much time together in prayer (p. 466)
  5. In 1982 God worked in a wonderful way to bring the gospel to Russia. As it happened, the Russian Orthodox Church had planned a peace conference in Moscow, and would include several hundred representatives from all major world religions. Billy Graham was invited and would be allowed to preach in two Moscow churches, one Baptist and one Orthodox. Well, as you can imagine, many did not think he should go, because he would most likely be a tool of Communist propaganda. For weeks Ruth and Billy prayed about whether they should go. Well, in the end Billy gained confidence in God that his propaganda for Christ would prove stronger then their propaganda. As it turned out, the gospel was presented in Moscow, and also opened doors to other Communist countries! Henceforth, invitations to preach soon arrived from East Germany and Czechoslovakia. God was working! (499-512)
  6. Billy Graham’s friendship with Ronald Reagan I think was extra special. He seemed to admire Ron (as most of his friends called him) as much as Ron admired him. Billy recalled that he had a certain charm and wit that could win over people easily. I’m sure as a preacher Billy admired this quality about him. For all that Ronald Reagan did for the United Stated and for the world, I’m sure Billy Graham’s friendship and prayers were a big part of it. Ronald Reagan thought so. On February 23, 1983 he presented Billy Graham with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor for service to the nation. (pp. 529-539)


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Looking Back at Billy Graham’s Life from His Autobiography – Part 5


To commemorate Billy Graham’s life I am re-posting these articles I wrote back in 2013, having to do with his prayer life. Enjoy.


50 Prayer Experiences: from Billy Graham’s Autobiography, Just As I Am – Part 5


Posted on February 25, 2013 by Stephen Nielsen

This is my review of Billy Graham’s autobiography in terms of his prayers. In this fifth part we will see why Billy had to stay on his knees in prayer, and how he grew in faith.


Part 5
1957 – 1960


  1. As you can imagine, being as popular as he was, the media was always hounding Billy Graham. But Billy was careful to be patient with them—and prayerful. When he was preaching in New York for the 1957 crusade he recalled, “I stayed on my knees about the media more than about any other single thing, including my sermons. Far more people would read the newspaper and magazine stories than would hear me preach in person. My prayer was that the Holy Spirit would guard our statements to the press and use the coverage to glorify Christ.” (p. 308)
  2. Billy Graham was no superman. Sometimes after preaching for a number of days his strength would run out. This was the case when he preached in the New York crusades in 1957. As it happened, since the meetings ran at full capacity (and beyond) every night, the crusade committee decided to extend them from six weeks to nine weeks. Billy recalled that at the end of the six weeks he was physically depleted, plus he had run out of sermons! He wrote in His autobiography, “Some nights during those later weeks, I sat on the platform and prayed silently, ‘O God, You have to do it, I can’t do it. I just can’t do it.’ And yet when I stood up, all of a sudden the words would begin to come—God giving strength and spiritual power in a way that could not be explained in human terms.” (pp. 318-319)
  3. Billy Graham was not always received well. When he was in Paraguay, South America, there was strong opposition to the crusade—in which a counterdemonstration was organized consisting of a parade of 15,000 students and a music festival. But it was quite obvious that God was all for the crusades and against those who apposed it. In response to their prayers God ordered a violent storm that hit the city, scattered the parade and destroyed preparations at the festival site. But wouldn’t you know: the crusade took place as scheduled—right on time! (pp. 373-374)
  4. Billy Graham knew many political figures, but always thought it wise not to endorse them publically. In 1960, after writing an article about Nixon the Man that was going to appear in Life Magazine, for some reason Billy had second thoughts about it, as did Ruth and a number of other people. So he and Ruth got on their knees on the night it went to the press and asked God to stop the publication if it was not His will. God answered. The next morning Henry Luce, the publisher, phoned and said that he pulled the article. (p. 393)
  5. If one is a regular, faithful intercessor, he will no doubt be in touch with what God is doing in the world, and is connected to the spiritual realm—both with angels and demons. And if this be the case, he will receive massages and warnings in the form of burdens. This was the case with Billy Graham in 1964 when Kennedy was president. He had received a strong burden that there was danger ahead for the president. He tried to contact him to warn him, but was unable to get through to him. He wanted to tell him, “Don’t go to Texas!” (p. 400)


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Honoring Billy Graham’s Life from His Autobiography – Part 4


To pay tribute to Billy Graham’s life I am reposting these articles I wrote back in 2013, having to do with his prayer life. Enjoy.


50 Prayer Experiences: from Billy Graham’s Autobiography, Just As I Am – Part 4

Posted on February 21, 2013 by Stephen Nielsen

This is my review of Billy Graham’s autobiography in terms of his prayers. In this fourth part we will review some points of prayer while Billy was in Europe and India, while at the same time getting sharp criticism from some in America.

Part 4
1955 – 1957

  1. On his way to Glasgow by train, Billy Graham recounted that photographers and reporters were a nuisance. Before he went to bed he got on his knees and prayed about the press conference the next day, and also about the upcoming meetings in Glasgow. (p. 248)
  2. When Billy Graham preached at Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall in 1955, he felt a strong closeness with the audience, which he felt was the Holy Spirit. At the same time he didn’t have his hopes up too high that people would respond well to an invitation. Scottish church leaders actually had advised him not to give an invitation, since they said the Scots were far too reserved to publicly come forward. Well, as it happened, when the invitation was given, as Billy put it, “not a soul moved.” Billy bowed his head in prayer, and, as he said, “When I looked up, people were streaming down the aisles, some with tears in their eyes.” The Holy Spirit had broken through to them—with the help of Billy’s prayers. (p. 249)
  3. While in Great Britain in 1955 Billy Graham spoke at a number of colleges and universities. When he spoke at Cambridge he felt especially inadequate, sensing that he lacked the intellect needed to present the gospel to the students there. But, with encouragement from Professor C. S. Lewis, and with much praying on his knees the meeting went well. Hundreds of students committed their lives to Christ. (pp. 258-259)
  4. As Billy Graham was traveling to India to preach he began praying that God would show him how to approach a people who knew nothing about God or the Bible. As they flew over Israel it came to him. When he spoke to them he said, “I am not here to tell you about an American or a Britain or a European…I am here to tell you about a Man who was born right here in your part of the world, in Asia.” (p. 265)
  5. One of the things that has deeply saddened Billy Graham is the hurtful criticisms of leading fundamentalists. Billy recalled that he and Ruth prayed over it frequently. This critical spirit of the fundamentalists (they would say, of Billy’s compromises with the world) to me is particularly sad because it shows not their holiness but their lack of love and their hypocritical self-righteousness. I think God is grieved. (p. 303)


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Looking back at Billy Graham’s Life from His Autobiography – Part 3


To honor Billy Graham’s life I am reposting these articles I wrote back in 2013, having to do with his prayer life. Enjoy.

 50 Prayer Experiences: from Billy Graham’s Autobiography, Just As I Am – Part 3

Posted on February 18, 2013 by Stephen Nielsen

This is my review of Billy Graham’s autobiography in terms of his prayers. In this third part we will cover the span of time from 1950 to 1954, when Billy preached in over 40 places (I counted over 30 places in America and 10 places in Europe).


Part 3
1950 – 1954


  1. Billy Graham took the time to get to know and minister to all the U. S. presidents. In the 50’s it was present Eisenhower. He recalled how he prayed for him when he was sick and how he had the opportunity to confirm with him the gospel and the precious promises of salvation. (p. 205)
  2. In 1954 Billy Graham recounted that because of his frequent travels he had very little time at home in Montreat. But when he was home he spent most of his time in studying and in prayer. He prayed as he walked the mountain trails—for hours. (p. 212)
  3. Billy also prayed while he sat on the front porch of a cottage near his home (which was the former residence of the late J. Wilbur Chapman, one of America’s great evangelists). He recounted, “In the solitude and beauty of the mountains, I meditated and prayed…I would pray and pray and pray, believing deep in my soul that God would bless and honor His Word if I preached it faithfully.” (pp. 212, 213)
  4. In 1954, in the wake of the London Crusade, the British were suspicious of Americans coming over to save them and they predicted the Crusade would fail. The Billy Graham team, however, had great faith in God. While on the SS United States, headed for London, key leaders met every morning for prayer and Bible study: with Grady Wilson, Dawson Trotman (leader of the Navigators), Dr. Paul Ree (pastor of First Covenant church in Minneapolis) Paul Maddox, Dr. and Mrs. Wade Freeman, and Ruth and Billy Graham. What a time that must have been! They indeed laid the groundwork for what was to come in London. (pp. 213, 214)
  5. The day before the 1954 London Crusade Billy Graham spent the entire day studying and praying in his hotel room. (p. 220)
  6. At the end of the day, the night before the Crusade, Billy and Ruth prayed intensely on their knees for the Crusade that was feared would not bring many. But in answer to prayer, the stadium was packed! (pp. 221-222)
  7. The London Crusade will be especially remembered for the many prayers that were made for Britain and for the spiritual battle that was waged. Prayer groups all over the world were praying for the meetings. It was reported that in India alone there were 35,000 prayer groups engaged. Also, during the Crusade all-night prayer meetings went on all over the city. The results: the stadium was not only packed every day, but on weekends they had to have two services! (pp. 222-224)
  8. Billy Graham was often summoned by very famous and important people. Just after the London Crusade in 1954, Billy was invited for a private session by Prime Minister Winston Churchill. There in his office Billy shared the gospel with him and prayed with him, acknowledging that God was the only hope for the world and for individuals.
  9. After the 1954 London Crusade the team became determined to make Great Britain a major part of their ministry. And, as it happened, they didn’t wait long. Just a year later, after three crusades in America, they were back. Billy recounted that as they traveled by car across country, on a two-hundred-mile trip to London, they spent much of the time in prayer for the salvation of the people of Great Britain. (p. 247)


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Looking Back at Billy Graham from His Autobiography — Part 2


To remember Billy Graham’s life I am reposting these articles I wrote back in 2013, having to do with his prayer life. Enjoy.

  50 Prayer Experiences: from Billy Graham’s Autobiography, Just As I Am – Part 2

Posted on February 15, 2013 by Stephen Nielsen

This is my review of Billy Graham’s autobiography in terms of his prayers. In this second part (from 1949 to 1950), I can’t believe all the things that were happening in Billy Graham’s life: he was the president of a Christian college; he was getting into films, and radio; and he was in the beginning stages of his crusade ministry. But he did it all with the help of prayer.


Part 2
Turning points: 1949 – 1950


  1. The Los Angeles crusade of 1949, in spite of ambitious efforts, was getting very little press and there was little hope of a good turn out. But Billy urged his people to go forward by prayer. The first few meetings were not filled to capacity, however, as interest increased more and more people came. Prayer was working!
  2. Billy Graham, along with Grady, Cliff and Bev prayed as to whether to extend the Los Angeles meetings. God showed them through the dramatic conversion of Stuart Hamblen, a popular radio announcer, that the crusades must continue. (pp. 148-149)
  3. Again prayer was made by the team as to whether to extend the Los Angeles meetings a second time in spite of a fierce storm that was headed toward them. They prayed that if God wanted them to continue, the storm would not reach them. The next morning the storm had dissipated! (p. 154)
  4. Because of the huge amounts of prayer that went out all over southern California, as well as in other parts of the country, the 1949 Los Angeles meetings were a success and, as Billy put it, “[They were] the whole secret of everything that had happened: God had answered prayer.” (pp. 155, 158)
  5. Billy didn’t do all his evangelism from the pulpit. On one particular occasion Billy took the opportunity to explain the gospel to a man named Mickey. Billy recalled that as he talked to him he also prayed inwardly that God would help him find the right words. (p. 152)
  6. Besides sermon preparation, Billy also took time to pray over burdens and to seek God’s direction; he recounted that some mornings, as early as five o’clock, he would go to Grady’s room to ask him to pray with him. (p. 155)
  7. Billy Graham had his moments of great faith. One time, as his team was getting ready for an out-door crusade, and it was pouring down rain, he said to his team, “Lets pray and ask God to clear the sky, if it is His will.”  Well the rain continued, and everyone thought that the meetings would be cancelled.  But not Billy.  He declared, “The sun will be shining by the time the meetings begin.”  And that’s just what happened.  By the time the first hymn had begun, the rain stopped! (pp. 166-167)
  8. Billy Graham was privileged to know some great people. One of his close friends was the German industrialist John Bolten. Besides being very wealthy and highly talented, he also had a superior knowledge of the Bible. Billy recalled that he and Bolten would often spend hours praying and discussing the meaning of certain Bible passages. (p. 169)
  9. In 1950 radio was the best avenue for evangelism in the media. But when Dr. Walter A. Moier suddenly died of a heart attack Billy’s heart sunk. He knelt in prayer in his hotel room, praying that God would raise up a replacement for him. Well, he became his replacement. By the God-led urging of Dr. Elsner, a preacher from Philadelphia, and by faithful givers, $25, 000 was raised to start a radio program—The Hour of Decision (Read Just as I Am, pp. 176-183, to get all the details. It is quite an intriguing story). (pp. 176, 179)
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Looking Back at Billy Graham from His Autobiography — Part 1


To commemorate Billy Graham’s life I will repost these articles I wrote back in 2013, having to do with his prayer life. Enjoy.

 50 Prayer Experiences from Billy Graham’s Autobiography, Just As I Am – Part 1

Posted on February 13, 2013by Stephen Nielsen

Billy Graham was a man of prayer. It seemed that he did nothing without praying about it. And he prayed with and for many people along the way. After reading his autobiography I thought it would be good to review his life in terms of his prayers. I think we could all learn something about prayer and faith from Billy Graham. Here is part 1 of 7 parts.

Part 1
His early life and ministry: 1918 – 1949


  1. Billy Graham learned how to pray from an early age. His mother and father made it a daily practice to read the Bible and pray together as a family. (pp. 19-20)
  2. Early in the morning before he milked the cows, Billy enjoyed quiet talks with God in prayer—and he even sang hymns while milking the cows! (p. 31)
  3. After high school Billy sold Fuller Brushes door to door to make money. He developed the practice of praying about every call as he walked to the door, asking God to give him the opportunity to witness for Christ. (p. 38)
  4. When Billy was frustrated and unhappy where he was attending college (at Bob Jones College) he wrote to his mother with the complaint, “I can’t seem to get anywhere in prayer. I don’t feel anything.” His mother wisely told him, “Son, God is testing you…He tells us to walk not by feelings but by faith…” (p. 41)
  5. During those sometimes frustrating college days Billy found out later that every day after lunch both his mother and daddy went upstairs to their bedroom, got down on their knees and prayed for him. (p. 42)
  6. While going to college and during summer breaks, Billy tried to keep busy preaching in churches and conferences. But sometimes preaching opportunities were hard to come by. One day, as he doubted his calling to preach, Billy dropped to his knees behind a bush and prayed, asking God to let him preach at West Tampa Gospel Mission. Billy recalled that as soon as he was done praying, he looked up, and there stood Mr. Carwin, the man who operated the Mission. He invited Billy to preach! (p. 54)
  7. When Billy was living in Tampa, Florida, while attending Florida Bible Institute, he had the opportunity to pastor a church. He was a good pastor, making many house calls, visiting hospitals and praying for the sick. (p. 58)
  8. Ruth was just as much of a prayer warrior as Billy was—maybe more! Billy remembered that while courting her she refused Saturday evening dates because she said, “Saturday nights I dedicate to prayer and study, in preparation for the Lord’s day.” (p. 71)
  9. Much prayer was behind Billy’s decision to take over a radio program from Torry Johnson. Not only was it a success; it was one of the turning points in his life. The program was called Songs in the Night. (pp. 84-85)
  10. In the early years of the Billy Graham Crusades, several principles were set up as they went about their city wide campaigns. One of these principles was that prayer was to be an indispensable element in preparation for a campaign. As was the case in the Augusta Campaign (and I believe has always been the case with all the campaigns) “several hundred prayer meetings brought people together in churches and neighborhoods to ask God’s blessing.” (pp. 125-126)
  11. As we all do, I suppose, Billy went through a time in his life of struggling with his belief in the authority of scripture. He recounted in his book that he finally came to a point where he had to just give it to God, as he dropped to his knees in the woods in prayer. After much prayer the Holy Spirit moved him to just accept His word by faith. (p. 139)


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