SPRINGDALE, Ark. — Dr. Ronnie Floyd, pastor of Cross Church and president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, reflects on the life and legacy of Billy Graham and his impact on Christianity:
“I am overcome with emotion when I think of Billy Graham and his influence on all of Christianity. He was a giant for God, a one-of-a-kind, once-in-a-generation prophet of God’s truth and grace. He called everyone, young and old and even boys and girls, to get up from their chairs and give their lives to Christ. And they poured out by the thousands.
“As he did in the lives of countless of people around the world, Billy Graham shaped my life and ministry in every possible way. I pray we may never forget his legacy and his unrelenting passion for Jesus, and may we follow his footsteps in calling people to repentance in Christ.
“Billy Graham was also a prayer warrior. In 2001, he served as the honorary chairman of the National Day of Prayer. The theme was ‘one Nation under God.’ This year, when we are calling America to pray for unity in America, no one is a greater model of unity than Billy Graham.
“Today I’m praying for Franklin Graham, Anne Graham Lotz and the entire Graham family, as they honor the life of not only an evangelist but a father, grandfather, personal friend and counselor. We mourn for their loss, and celebrate with them the life of a remarkable man of God.”
Dr. Ronnie Floyd is the senior pastor of Cross Church and president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, which each year mobilizes millions of Americans to unified public prayer for the United States of America. He’s the immediate past president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Follow him on Twitter (@ronniefloyd), Instagram (@ronniefloyd) and Facebook.