Graham hails ‘biggest political upset’ of lifetime after organizing prayer rallies in all 50 state capitals

by WorldTribune Staff, November 9, 2016

Franklin Graham, who kept Christians engaged in the 2016 campaign with a 50-state prayer rally tour, called Donald Trump’s victory the “biggest political upset of our lifetime” and called on Americans to keep their new leaders in their prayers “every day.”

Franklin Graham steps off his tour bus in Springfield, Illinois, on June 14 as part of his Decision America Tour, which will make a stop in Juneau on Friday. Courtesy of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
Franklin Graham in Springfield, Illinois on June 14. / Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

“This election has been long, it’s been tough, and it’s been divisive. It’s time to put that behind us. Now is the time to come together in unity and work together. Our nation has so many problems that need fixing. Even more important are the spiritual needs of our country,” Graham wrote in a Facebook message on Nov. 9.

Exit polls show white evangelicals favored Trump over Hillary Clinton by 81-16 percent.

Trump gained the support of some wavering pro-life and Christian leaders after choosing Mike Pence, who has a strong pro-life record, as his running mate. Others were encouraged by Trump’s list of potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees and his promise to appoint “pro-life” justices to the high court.

Graham, who didn’t endorse a candidate during his tour, said: “One thing is for sure, we need to pray for our new president, vice president, and our other leaders every day — whether we agree with them or not. They need God’s help and direction. It is my prayer that we will truly be ‘one nation under God.’ ”

In one of his last messages to the nation before Election Day, Graham urged believers to keep praying that God will guide them “according to His will and purpose.”

“God may choose to bless our country again, or He may bring judgment, which we deserve. My prayer is that He would show us His grace and mercy.”