‘Tears of Joy’: Thousands answer Franklin Graham’s call to pray for America at the Lincoln Memorial

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Much like the mainstream media all but ignores the annual Walk for Life event in Washington, D.C., where hundreds of thousands of Americans show up to celebrate life over abortion, so too was there little media attention this weekend to Franklin Graham’s “Prayer March.”

The son of the late Christian evangelist Billy Graham put out a call for people to “pray over America in this crucial time in our country’s history,” and Americans showed up Saturday at the Lincoln Memorial in the tens of thousands — attendees would march to the Capitol Building.

 

“Our Father and our God, we come to say thank you,” Graham prayed. “But father our country is in trouble. We need your help.”

Considering the last four months of racial strife, rioting and destruction at the hands of the radical left, Saturday’s event offered a much needed respite, as one social media user noted while sharing a video from the event that captured a “beautiful moment.”

Organizers stressed that it was not a political event, requesting that people refrain from bringing political signs or showing support for any candidate or party.

“We’re coming today, from all states … to pray, to humble ourselves, to confess the sins of our nation to God, to ask for his forgiveness, and to call on him, to help our nation,” Graham said. “And we’re going to pray for our representatives. Republican, Democrat, we’re going to pray for all of them.”

Vice President Mike Pence who made a speech, was someone organizers billed as a “surprise appearance.”

“George Washington prayed for the leaders and the people of our states,” he told the crowd, “what he called an ‘earnest prayer,’ that God would hold them and our states in His holy protection.”

Pence also reminded the crowd of a quote from Abraham Lincoln during his time in the White House: “I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction I had nowhere else to go.”

“I just want to say ‘Thank you for your prayers,’” he added. “And the president wanted to be here to simply say, ‘Thank you for your prayers.’”

“When the president and I travel around the country, the sweetest words we ever hear, and we hear them a lot, when people reach out and simply say ‘I’m praying for you,’” Pence said.

Here are some other tweets from the day, as seen on Twitter:

 

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