On August 22, 2021, Franklin Graham, President and CEO or Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, asked people to pray for Afghanistan with him on his Facebook live. You can view this video at the following link: bit.ly/PrayerForAfghanistan What follows is a complete transcript of the prayer from the Facebook video.
Greetings. Thank you for joining me for this time of prayer for Afghanistan. This is a very critical time in the history of Afghanistan and our country. There are about 15,000 Americans that have been left behind in Afghanistan. The president has said he’s going to do everything he can to get them out.
And it’s not just the 15,000 Americans, but think of the Christians that have targets on their back. Christians that are being hunted. Christians that have already been executed. Some have been skinned alive, burned, hung. This is taking place right now as we speak.
And then there’s the 300,000 plus Afghans that have worked for the U.S. military as translators, worked in the U.S. embassy. They have worked for contractors, building bridges and roads and those kinds of things. All of these people will have targets on their back because they have worked with the United State of America.
A lot of good was done in Afghanistan in these Last 20 years and three administrations had promised to stay the course – Republican as well as Democrat. And for some reason this administration felt that it was important to cut immediately with no plan and to run, and now we have the chaos that has followed. And the only hope for this – the only hope is God. I don’t see any other way out except God.
And what I’d like to do is ask you to pray. Pray for the people of Afghanistan and join me right now as we pray. I will lead you in the prayer. You may want to pray your own way. That doesn’t matter. The fact is let’s pray. Just call on the name of God. The God of heaven. So, let’s pray.
Our Heavenly Father, we come today to call upon your name. We ask that you forgive our sins. As a nation we have sinned greatly against you. Forgive us Father. And Father I pray for Afghanistan. For 20 years, Americans have fought and have worked to build and to help change this country. I pray for the Christians in that country, for the pastors who are being threatened and have been told by the Taliban that they will come for them.
Father we pray that you will bring not only protection to the Christians, but bring confusion among the enemy. Father we pray for provision. That you will give to them all that they need to live, and to stand firm, and to be a witness for you. Father as our country plans to exit, the Taliban are blocking the entrance to the airport. Many Americans are not able to get out, and Father we pray that you would just open a way for these men and women who are citizens of this nation to be able to come, to get out safely.
Father we pray for the Afghans who have worked with us in the U.S. military with Americans over the last 20 years, Father we pray for them. For the women and the children, Father we know that so many of these women and children because of their education their life is at risk now because they can read and write. And Father we pray for the children, the young boys and girls who the Taliban will try to sell into sex trafficking so that they can get money into their coffers. Father we pray that your hand would protect the boys and girls of Afghanistan from these wicked evil people.
Father we pray especially for President Biden and our political leaders. Father we pray for Tony Blinken our Secretary of State, Susan Rice, Lloyd Austin, Mark Milley, Father we pray for these people and the others that are advising the president and whispering in his ear, and Father I pray that you would give our president wisdom. And Father we pray as he makes decisions these next few weeks that he will see and understand that this wisdom has come from you and that he would give you glory for that.
And Father we pray for our military that is there, that is deployed, came home and had to turn around and go right back. Father we pray for these men and these women that are helping to try to provide protection for those who are wanting to leave the country, Father that you would protect them.
And Father we thank you for all of the various groups that are working to help get people out. Father we pray that you would bless them and help each and every one. And Father we come today in the name of your Son Jesus Christ, who took our sins to the cross, who died and who was buried for our sins, who you raised to life. Father we come to you and we’re calling upon the name of your Son, and it’s on His name that we pray today. And Father we ask all of these things in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Thank you for being a part of this prayer. And I would just ask you as you go throughout the day just to remember to pray for Afghanistan. However God may bring it up into your memory. Just pray. But please pray for the President. He needs our prayers. There’s such a mess on the ground right now and only God can straighten it out. But maybe God would use Joe Biden and give him wisdom to do the right thing now, the right thing for this country and the right thing for the Afghan people. So thank you again and God bless.