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

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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

 

51rNFJqIgfL__SL160_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-dp,TopRight,12,-18_SH30_OU01_AA160_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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