“Pray without ceasing” 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Jerry Jenkins, author of The Left Behind series, writes about an interview he did with Billy Graham.
Billy Graham “There’s no secret to that. God doesn’t hide the key from us. The Bible says to pray without ceasing and to search the Scriptures. And I do that.”
Billy Graham “I do. And I have, every waking moment since I received Christ as a teenager. I’m praying right now as I’m talking to you. Praying that God will use this book, that it will be clear that it’s more about Him than about me, praying that we’ll both do our jobs well and that He will get the glory.”
Billy Graham Wherever I am, at home in my office, or in a hotel room in some other country, the first thing I do in the morning is to leave my Bible open somewhere where I will notice it during the day. I pick it up at odd moments and read a verse or two or a chapter or two or for an hour or two. And this is not for study or sermon preparation. This is just for my own spiritual nourishment.”
Billy Graham “Miss a day or two? I don’t think I’ve ever done that.”
Jerry “You never miss?”
Billy Graham I told you. This is my spiritual food. I would no more miss this than a regular meal.”
Jerry writes: I went back to my hotel that day despairing that perhaps no reader could really identigy with a man so sold out to god and so disciplined in his inner life. But then it hit me. As he said, it’s no secret, no hidden key – God doesn’t make it hard or a mystery. When people wonder why billy Graham, among all those claiming the same passions, seems infinitely more blessed, more successful in his ministry effors, they need to realize there is a difference between him and the others: We all know we’re to pray and read out Bibles. The difference is, he does it.