Billy Graham's Son Asks for Prayers for His Father

Franklin Graham Asks for Prayer for Billy Graham

Over the past century, it's hard to imagine anyone who has made an impact for the Gospel of Jesus Christ than Billy Graham. The loved, respected evangelist is nearing his 98th birthday, and his son Franklin Graham is asking for friends and fans to pray for Billy.

In a recent newsletter, Franklin Graham gave an update on his father:

Many ask about my father. He is still in his own home and often eats meals at the kitchen table, as he has always done. Approaching age 98, he lives with limitations typical of old age—his eyesight is very poor, his hearing is not good, and he uses a wheelchair. Someone is with him in the house at all times.

One of the things he enjoys is sitting on the front porch and looking out over the mountains on days when the weather is good and he feels up to it. He watches news with the help of a large-screen TV. His ministry now is praying, and he looks forward to reports of what God is doing around the world. He always responds by saying “Praise the Lord” as he points upward.

The younger Graham, who is in the midst of his Decision America Tour where he is "crisscrossing the country, [and] going to every state capital," recently told a group at one of his rallies how his father is approaching old age with grace and humor.

At Franklin’s most recent stop in Juneau, Alaska, on July 1, he opened the prayer rally by sharing greetings from his father.

“He doesn’t think anybody remembers who he is,” Franklin said with a laugh, “so he’ll say, ‘If you meet anybody who remembers me, tell ’em hello.'”

Franklin Graham also says that his father isn't lying down just yet.

“He’s 97 years old,” Franklin Graham shared at another recent Decision America stop in Olympia, Washington. “When he was 90, he told all of us he was gonna live to 95. When he approached 95, he moved the goalpost. He said, ‘I’m now gonna live to be a hundred.’ … I hope he does.”