Christian evangelist Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of world-renowned Pastor Billy Graham, is calling on Americans to pray and fast for nine days, May 15-23, to ask God for help in these distressful times because, she says, God is warning that “His judgment is coming on America and on our world, and it’s going to be ugly.”
Anne Graham Lotz’s concerns echoed those she made at a Watchmen on the Wall conference, where she referenced the story of Noah and the flood and people eating, drinking, and giving in marriage, while indifferent to God, and warned that today many people “have no idea they are living on an abyss, and judgment is getting ready to fall.”
In the invitation to the May 15-23 “Mayday! Distress Call for Prayer,” Anne Graham Lotz, the author of 11 books and holder of six honorary doctorates, notes that she recently was teaching a seminar on the first two chapters of Joel in the Old Testament and said the “impact was profound.”
“I knew God had spoken,” she said. “The messages almost made the hair stand up on the back of my neck. Why? Because God was clearly warning that His judgment is coming on America and on our world, and it’s going to be ugly. I knew it then, and I know it now.”
Referencing the evangelical belief in the Rapture when Jesus returns, Anne Graham Lotz said that when authentic Christians are gone, “Institutions will collapse. Banks will close. The Stock Market will plunge. Planes will fall out of the sky. Cars will crash on the road. Government in America at every level will disintegrate.”
“Families will be torn apart,” she said. “In the unprecedented turmoil, our nation will be vulnerable for our enemies to seize the moment and attack us. There will be mass chaos, confusion, fear, grief, despair, anger, threats, danger … judgment.”
However, just as God allowed the Israelites to suffer through the ten plagues before they were delivered in the Exodus, Christians may have to endure “distress and trouble” before God brings peace,” she said, and thus Christians need to pray, “to cry out to God on behalf of our nation and our world.”
The nine days of prayer, May 15-23, occur between the “Day of Ascension of Jesus and the Day of Pentecost that have Biblically and traditionally been days of prayer and fasting for an outpouring of God’s spirit,” said Anne Graham Lotz.
The purpose of the “Distress Call of Prayer,” she said, is to ask for God’s grace; to pray for “our nation to return to faith in the living God,”; to entreat God for an increase in souls for His Kingdom; and to “delay or soften God’s judgment that is coming on America and on our world.”
In her comments at the Watchmen on the Wall conference in 2012, sponsored by the Family Research Council, Anne Graham Lotz said, “Jesus himself gives us in verse 37 to 39 – I’ll just, sort of, quote it in a paraphrase, “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man, men and women eating, drinking, marrying, giving in marriage, and they had no idea that judgment was coming until it came and swept them all away.”
“Indifference to God,” she continued. “Do you remember in Genesis 6, when God said, I’m going to destroy mankind whom I have created from the face of the Earth because all of his thoughts are evil all of the time. And it was as though God were just speaking into the wind. No one was paying any attention to Him at all. And then the Flood came.”
“Today, people eating, drinking, giving in marriage, there’s nothing wrong with those things, nothing, there just normal everyday activities, right?” said Anne Graham Lotz. “Except when they’re all done with no acknowledgment of God at all – complete indifference to God.”
“This rising atmosphere of secularism and atheism is astounding,” she said, “because there is a God in Heaven and I believe judgment has begun, in the world and in this nation. We’re eating and drinking and giving in marriage, and I think the malls are packed and the stadiums are packed, and people talking about what’s on the latest sit-com and worried about all their entitlements.”
“And they have no idea they are living on an abyss, and judgment is getting ready to fall,” she said.
Anne Graham Lotz is the second daughter of Billy Graham and his wife Ruth Bell Graham, who died in 2007. Anne Graham Lotz is married, has three children, and lives in Montreat, N.C. She is the president and CEO of AnGel Ministries.