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Summer 2016

Pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored.  — 2 Thessalonians 3:1

God has called me to give out His message.  The name for this ministry has been a play on my initials, AGL, because in Scripture angels are God’s messengers.

For the past several years, God has burdened my heart with His message to call His people to repentance, revival, and a recommitment to serious prayer.  Many of you have joined with me in one or more of our five online prayer initiatives: 777: An Urgent Call to Prayer; 911: An Urgent Call to Pray for Jerusalem; Mayday! Mayday! A Distress Call for Prayer; 911: A Recall to Pray for Jerusalem; and 111: Preprayer for the New Year.

It’s interesting to note that at the beginning of all things, in Genesis 1, God used prayer—the preparation of the Spirit of God hovering over the waters of a formless, empty planet, and the proclamation of His Word—and God said—to transform our world physically.1

At the center of all things, after the Cross, the resurrection, and the ascension of Jesus, His disciples prayed for 10 days.  Then, on the day of Pentecost, Peter proclaimed God’s Word.  Not only were 3,000 people saved on that one day, but the Church was born.2  Once again our world was transformed, this time spiritually.

At the end of all things—which is where I believe we are today—the apostle Paul charges us to preach the Word.3  The apostle Peter exhorts us, when the end of all things is near, to be self-controlled so that you can pray.4

I have accepted Paul’s charge. I will continue to proclaim God’s messages from His Word, undergirded by AnGeL Ministries.  But in addition, Peter’s exhortation has reverberated in my heart.  While I have never considered myself a “prayer warrior,” and have even struggled with prayer in many ways, I have felt very compelled to pray, and to rally God’s people to pray also.

In retrospect, I can see that all of this was God’s preparation for me to be the new Chairperson of the National Day of Prayer Task Force.  To confirm that this position was from God, like Daniel, I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting…5  God answered my prayer with a clear affirmation that this was His will.  With joy, and some trepidation, I accepted this position.

Now I’m on tiptoe in my spirit, filled with expectancy to see what God will do.  In a unique way, I will do my best to combine prayer and the proclamation of God’s Word in what I pray will be a powerful and effective movement of God’s Spirit.  Who knows?  Perhaps, by God’s grace and mercy, once again we will see worldwide transformation.  Maybe…just maybe…God will use us to help prepare the hearts of His people for the return of the King.6

Please.  Stand with me…on your knees.  Pray for me as I give leadership to these two organizations.  Pray for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven.

For the glory of His Name…

Anne Graham Lotz1  Genesis 1:1-31
2  Acts 1:12-14; 2:1, 14-47
3  2 Timothy 4:1-2
4  1 Peter 4:7
5  Daniel 9:3
6  Revelation 5:6-8


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God is Speaking…Will You listen?

…Blessed are those you hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.  — Revelation 1:3

Join together August 1-8, 2016 as we listen to God’s Word being read.

In the 8th month — August
For the first 8 days
For 8 hours — one hour per day


In these days of chaos and confusion, hopelessness and helplessness, what would happen if everyone hit life’s pause button and made time to listen to what God has to say?  Let’s find out.

Catch the vision.  Let’s ignite revival.

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DAILY LIGHT JOURNAL
Updated Edition

2016 The Daily Light Journal and open journalEvery day since she was a young girl, Anne Graham Lotz has been reading Daily Light, the life-changing devotional of Scripture compilations given to her by her mother, Ruth Bell Graham. Published originally in 1794 by Samuel Bagster, this is a revised leather-bound edition of the morning readings from the classic Daily Light.  It includes Anne’s summary of that day’s Scripture, along with her thought-provoking questions and space for journaling.order now button


THE DANIEL PRAYER
Available Now

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Anne’s new book, based on Daniel’s prayer in Daniel 9, will help you pray effectively for your nation, for your family, and for yourself.  Anne answers questions such as:

  • How do I know the God to whom I pray will listen?
  • Does it matter where I am when I pray?
  • How do I know God cares about my prayer?
  • Are words in prayer all that matter, or does my attitude affect prayer?
  • How do I know God will answer my prayer?
  • Why should I pray?
  • What difference does my prayer make?

 Walk with Anne and find out just how far your prayers can take you.order now button


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Spring 2016

While I was still in prayer, Gabriel… said to me, “Daniel, I have come to give you insight and understanding.”              — Daniel 9:21-22

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One of the blessings of participating in the National Religious Broadcasters Convention was the joy of reconnecting with old friends. Keith and Kristyn Getty sang before and after I spoke, leading all of us into the presence of God through their very worshipful music.

From time to time a friend will ask, “Anne, how can I pray for you?” My answer is often:  “Please pray for wisdom. Discernment.  I have so many decisions to make I need God’s clear direction.” If a prayer request could be worn out from repetition, then my prayer for wisdom is tattered and shredded. Besides my constant prayer, “Help!” the request for wisdom is the one I repeat most often.  I need discernment regarding people.  Insight into the Scriptures.  Understanding of issues and situations. The mind of Christ. God’s wisdom to even know how to pray. Apparently, Daniel did, too.

One of the striking aspects of the Daniel prayer is that it was answered while he was praying.  It seems illustrated by an experience I had in childhood…

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It was a high privilege to give the closing message at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention. I challenged those gathered to use their influence to get God’s people to pray like Daniel did—by their own example.

The first pair of binoculars I ever used belonged to my Daddy.  They were very large, very heavy, and very black.  He kept them in a big brown leather case, and I had to handle them carefully so as not to drop or damage them. I remember looking through them in order to be the first to spot the Indigo Bunting, a small bird that returned to our house every year.  His appearance signaled the beginning of summer, and so it was much anticipated.

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3 John 4 says, I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. Unless it’s also to see my children imparting that truth to others. What an unspeakable blessing to share the platform with my daughter, Rachel-Ruth Wright, at the Calvary Chapel Women’s Leadership Conference in California. Her message based on Joshua 23 challenged those present to choose to be women of godly influence. Her life is a demonstration of her message.

He would make his presence known by the unique tune he sang while perched precariously on the very top of the maple tree below the rail fence in our front yard.  He was so small that to my naked eye he looked like a black speck.  When I first spotted him in the early summer, I would run get Daddy’s binoculars to verify the Indigo Bunting had returned.

However, when I first looked through the binoculars in his direction, everything would be blurred and out of focus: trees, leaves, mountains, sky, clouds all seemed to run together like a disoriented kaleidoscope. So holding the heavy binoculars as still as I could while adjusting the ring between the two eye-pieces, I would see him gradually come into sharp focus—a small, bright blue bird with black wings, swaying in the breeze on the top of the tree, heralding summer with his lilting tune.

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Following the devotional I shared with the international staff of Trans World Radio, I was given the privilege of speaking to the “world” by way of their radio broadcast. How I praise God for their commitment to take the Gospel to the uttermost parts of the globe.

Sometimes my prayers remind me of those binoculars. Occasionally when I’ve begun to pray, my vision seems blurred.  Fuzzy.  As though my prayer is out of focus because I don’t know exactly what to pray for or how to pray.  But like adjusting the focus on the binoculars while I looked through them, I’ve found that as I pray, my thoughts become clearer, my focus sharper, and my requests more specific.

Daniel seems to have experienced this while praying because he states that God gave him insight and understanding, “While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people…while I was still in prayer…” (Dan. 9:20-22). It’s encouraging to me to know I don’t have to know specifically how or what to pray in order to submit to my Father’s guiding whisper. Sometimes I’m intimidated to pray beyond the limits of what I can imagine or understand. But as I am praying, God can bring to my mind the thoughts and ideas that have eluded my own understanding.

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What fun it is to attend a University of North Carolina Lady Tarheels basketball game. On this occasion I stood on the court along with the former NC governor, Beverly Purdue, and the University Chancellor, Carol Folt, as the Hall of Fame Coach, and beloved friend, Sylvia Hatchell, presented a large donation to the cancer fund named in honor of her former arch rival, NC State’s Coach Kay Yow.

Why is it that I think after I pray it’s my responsibility to do all I can to bring about the answer? Why do I take the battle into my own hands? Like a drowning person who tries to “help” the rescuer, I wonder how many times I have actually hindered God’s answer to my prayers. I find it encouraging to be reassured that I don’t have to know everything, understand everything, analyze everything before I pray for something.

This is true for all of us. We don’t have to have a clear comprehension of what the need is or what the solution should be.  We don’t have to tell God how to “fix” things or even suggest what His course of action might be.  We don’t have to solve the problem for Him. What a relief it is to know all we have to do is to get down on our knees and state the problem. The burden to resolve the situation is His, not yours and mine.

So…when I need insight and understanding, I get down on my knees.

For His glory,

Anne Graham Lotz

1Adapted from Chapter One, The Daniel Prayer, Anne Graham Lotz, Zondervan Publishing, May 2016.


The Daniel Prayer

Release Date – May 10, 2016

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Anne’s new book, based on Daniel’s prayer in Daniel 9, will help you pray effectively for your nation, for your family, and for yourself.  Anne answers questions such as:

  • How do I know the God to whom I pray will listen?
  • Does it matter where I am when I pray?
  • How do I know God cares about my prayer?
  • Are words in prayer all that matter, or does my attitude affect prayer?
  • How do I know God will answer my prayer?
  • Why should I pray?
  • What difference does my prayer make?

 Walk with Anne and find out just how far your prayers can take you.

 Pre-order your copy today through any online retailer and receive exclusive bonus gifts from Anne. 

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Winter 2016

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.                            –James 5:16

The air was electric.  People were shouting, crying, pleading with God.  Some were standing with raised hands, others were on their knees, and still others were prostrate on the floor.

I was in Suva, Fiji, at a conference for church workers.  The people had come in from the dozens of surrounding islands to attend.  I had just finished speaking on the prophet Samuel, presenting the tragic truth that while he was a judge, a prophet, and a kingmaker extraordinaire, he was not a good father.  His sons did not follow the Lord.  My challenge to the mostly male audience was not to be so focused on ministry that they neglected their own wives and children.

When I issued the invitation to repent of their sin and to commit to training up their children in the Lord, almost the entire audience of 600 church leaders surged forward.  The result was an outpouring of urgent, desperate, passionate, heartfelt pleading with God to forgive, to have mercy, to bless.  The atmosphere itself was thick with the presence of God.

I remember a woman seizing me by the arm and pulling me into her circle for prayer.  Pray?  I was terrified to pray in such a group.  For good reason.  When I opened my mouth and tried, my voice sounded hollow and wretchedly anemic.

I had never before heard prayer like I heard on that day in Suva, Fiji.  Actually, very rarely have I ever heard prayer like that anywhere.  Why?  What’s wrong?1

Have you ever felt also that your prayers are anemic?  I wonder if it’s because both of us are missing key ingredients such as focusing on God for who He truly is and an all-out…no-holds-barred…go-for-broke…nothing-held-back…old-fashioned desperation to get answers.  Whether the issue is in our family, or in our marriage, or in our church, or in our community, or in the wake of terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, instead of buying into pop culture’s attitude of “God can’t fix this,” are we desperate enough to stay on our knees until He does?

I am committed this year to prayer.  But not the casual, everyday, pray-as-you-feel-like-it, run-of-the-mill, garden-variety type of prayer.  Not even the arrow-type prayer that is a distress call for help.  I am committed to reversing the thunder…praying God’s Word and God’s promises back to Him.  I want to push through any and every obstacle until Heaven is moved and nations are changed.  Join  me…

For His Glory,

Anne Graham Lotz

1Adapted from Chapter One, The Daniel Prayer, Anne Graham Lotz, Zondervan Publishing, May 2016


REVERSING THE THUNDER

Anne’s New Messages for a Call to Prayer

Reversing the Thunder – MP3

Have you ever felt your prayers sounded hollow?  Anemic?  Then join Anne as she demonstrates in these four messages what prayer is like when it’s reversed thunder—praying God’s Word back to Him.  Using prayers from the Bible, Anne will lead you to discover the blessing in prayer, to share God’s burden in prayer, to fight the battle in prayer, and to persevere through brokenness in prayer…and ultimately to receive God’s answers to prayer.  God is calling His people to pray.  Answer His call as you learn to pray more effectively and reverse the thunder.

  • Message 1 – The Blessing in Prayer – John 17:1-5
  • Message 2 – The Burden in Prayer – Daniel 9
  • Message 3 – The Battle in Prayer – Daniel 10
  • Message 4 – The Brokenness in Prayer – Habakkuk 1-3

Reversing the Thunder four DVD Messages

Reversing the Thunder four Audio Messages


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Coming May 2016

 

What is the secret to revival?  To the spiritual restoration of America?  What is one key to renewing your own relationship with God?  It’s prayer.  But not your everyday now-I-lay-me-down-to-sleep kind of prayer.  It’s prayer that storms the gates of Heaven until things change.  It is passionate, heartfelt, I-won’t-let-You-go-until-You-bless-me pleading until you get an answer.  It’s The Daniel Prayer.

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Fall 2015

“From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another.” –John 1:16

What an unexpected blessing, comfort, and joy it has been to have my daughter Morrow, and her husband, Traynor, living with me since the day Danny moved to Our Father’s House. I plan on keeping them for as long as they can be talked into staying!

During the last few months, God has made me very aware of His blessings in my life…one after another.  In contrast to the darkness and death, tears and trauma, sorrow and stress, the blessings of God drop like quiet dew…jewels from Heaven’s treasure store.

One of the sweetest blessings God has given was years in the making, but timed perfectly to coincide with my hour of need.  It has underscored my faith in the sovereignty of a loving Lord.  Almost four years ago my daughter, Morrow, and her husband, Traynor, put their house up for sale.  It was on the market for 18 months.  There were many open houses and promising showings that resulted in buyers who made offers, only to withdraw them at the last minute.  Traynor lowered the price twice.  As other houses in their neighborhood sold, the Realtor couldn’t understand why their house didn’t sell.  Finally, the decision was made to take it off the market.

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Miss A. Wetherell Johnson was the founder and director of Bible Study Fellowship. She not only taught me how to teach the Scriptures, she showed me how by her own example of teaching from the heart. She emphasized not just what the Bible says, but what it means for everyday life. One of the dearest blessings of the past year was when Steve Gately, a BSF Board member, and his wife, Gloria, sent me Miss Johnson’s rocking chair as a gift!

This past April, Morrow felt God had spoken to her, telling her to get the house ready and put it back up for sale.  Traynor agreed.  So with nothing more to go on than their faith in what God had seemed to say to her, they packed up their house, put their things in storage, painted and cleaned once again, refurbished their yard, and in June put it back on the market.  With the same Realtor, and the same realty firm.  The house sold in less than a week!

They found a rental house that they could move into in August, and in the meantime, were free to come to the beach with the rest of the family for a couple of weeks.  While there, before the closing, a significant and rather mysterious leak was discovered under their house that required ripping out much of the master bathroom flooring.  The Realtor prepared Morrow and Traynor for what he said was a 99% probability that the buyers would back out.  But they didn’t.  The sale went through. And of course, Traynor made sure the leak was fixed.

The rental house that had seemed perfect and available after our family beach vacation suddenly was no longer available. So Morrow and Traynor, with smiles on their faces and faith in their hearts, moved into a hotel. Which is where they had been living for ten days when I found my husband of forty-nine years unresponsive in our pool. That very afternoon, August 17, they had an appointment with the Realtor to make an offer on a house they were interested in. It was an appointment that was never kept. Instead, Traynor rushed to be with me at the pool, and Morrow met us at the hospital emergency room.

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On September 1st I issued a recall to pray for Jerusalem. In spite of my husband’s move to Our Father’s House on August 19 and the subsequent services for him on August 28 through 30, the burden to pray was unmistakable. Over 80,000 people responded…so we were pre-prayered for the news of Russia’s foothold in the Middle East, the 4th blood moon on September 28th, the Palestinian flag raised at the UN, and the increasing isolation of Israel in the family of nations. Heaven was moved! Ten thousand women rallied for prayer in Hebron! And since our first call to pray on 9/1/14, 900,000 Hebrew speaking people have visited the website: imetmessiah.com. That’s a blessing!

During Danny’s time in ICU, whenever I slipped home, my youngest daughter, Rachel-Ruth, stayed with me while my son, Jonathan, stayed with his Dad in the hospital. When Danny moved to Our Father’s House on August 19th, Traynor and Morrow expressed concern that I would be by myself.  With a twinkle in my eye, I responded that I wanted my son-in-law to ask me if he could move in with me, which he jokingly said had been his “dream.” And they did!  I have not had one night alone in my house since Danny left.

More than any other single source during these difficult days, Morrow and Traynor have been a channel of God’s blessing to me.  Morrow grocery shops and cooks for the three of us.  Traynor looks for things he can do around the house and the yard—then does them.  We share devotional thoughts each evening, discuss Scripture as well as the latest current events, and pray for each other with audible words that can be overheard by all three of us.  After months and years of life-threatening emergencies, EMS calls, interacting with medical personnel, bearing responsibility for heavy duty medications and dialysis while trying to keep my husband’s spirits up and minister to him, God is blessing me with rest.  Peace.  Joy.  Comfort.  And hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)

Our entire family has been acutely aware of God’s hand in this incredible process.  As though He had nothing else to give His time to…whether planets to spin or blood moons to schedule or world leaders to gather or a nuclear agreement to void or His imprisoned and tortured children to care for…He has given me His undivided attention as He has arranged in the smallest detail for my comfort, companionship, and care in the wake of Danny’s Homegoing.  He has proven Himself to be my Heavenly Husband…the Bridegroom who is coming…soon! (Isaiah 54:5; Matthew 25:6)

As personal, political, national, and international storms rage, I believe it’s worthwhile to reexamine the foundation on which we are building our lives. Jesus said unless we build on the rock which is our faith in Him, our lives will implode when the storms erupt. Many professing Christians don’t know what or why they believe. So I posted my video series, God’s Story, on YouTube and on our website, with the prayer that it would be used to shore up the foundation of faith on which we are building our lives. Be sure and check it out, then pass it on.

Until Jesus does come, I want to comfort you.  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not much more valuable than they? (Matthew 6:26)  If the Heavenly Father takes care of birds…if He takes care of me …why do you think He will not also take care of you?  Therefore, do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

So with tears on my face and hope in my heart, join me as I bow in humble adoration and worship before the God from whom all blessings flow.

For His glory,

Anne Graham Lotz


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God’s Love Story: From Creation to the Cross to the Crown

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HIStory is the story of God’s love for the human race. For you. It spans the breadth of time from The Beginning to The End. And it’s the love of God that will fill the empty recesses of your heart with joy and peace, fulfillment and satisfaction, purpose and meaning. It’s God’s love that makes life make sense. Discover God’s Love Story from Creation to the Cross to the Crown.

This new compilation of Anne’s messages includes two that have never before been published, along with one taken from her video Bible study series, God’s Story. As you view or listen to them, our prayer is that you will fall in love with the Creator who became your Savior and is the reigning, soon to return King.

• Message 1 – Creation: Genesis 1
• Message 2 – The Cross: John 18 & 19
• Message 3 – The Crown: Revelation 1

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God’s Love Story: From Creation to the Cross to the Crown audio messages $10 (regular price $12)

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Daily Light for Daily Living

This October we celebrate the 10th anniversary of Daily Light for Daily Living.  As our beloved nation has entered a period of spiritual drought, my prayer for these sixty-second droplets of truth comes from Deuteronomy 32:2: Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass…  I praise God for all He is doing to provide Living Water through the medium of radio.  Click here to learn more about our radio programs.


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This picture was posted on Facebook September 25th with the following excerpt from one of Anne’s messages. We were blessed to receive almost 2 million views!

A few years ago I found myself groping for a way to explain the forgiveness of sin to a woman who had been on death row for multiple murders and would be executed within ten hours of my visit. Tears glistened in her eyes as she looked at me beseechingly, needing assurance of the salvation she had claimed by faith six years earlier. That very night she would be stepping into eternity, and she was desperate for reassurance of her forgiveness by God. I asked her if she had ever been to the ocean, and she nodded “yes.” I asked her if, as she had walked along the shore, she had seen small holes in the sand where ghost crabs had darted in and out. Again she nodded. I then asked if she had seen any larger holes, like those made by children digging. Beginning to look puzzled, she said “yes,” she had seen holes like that. I persisted gently to see if she had ever seen huge holes created by machines dredging a channel or burying pipe lines on the beach. Her brow furrowed as she again acknowledged a quiet “yes.” I then leaned toward her and pressed my point, “Velma, when the tide comes in, what happens to all those holes?”

A soft light began to gleam in her eyes, and a smile played at the corner of her lips as I answered my own question.  “All the holes are covered equally by the water, aren’t they? God’s forgiveness is like the tide that washes over all the ‘holes’ of your sins and covers all your sins equally.”


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Summer 2015

“…This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.”
–Mark 9:29 NKJV

Have you ever fasted?  While we often are required to fast from food and/or drink before a medical test or procedure, have you ever fasted voluntarily in association with prayer?  During our Mayday! Mayday! A Distress Call for Prayer, I received quite a number of queries about fasting as it relates to prayer, which leads me to believe it may be an important spiritual discipline that needs fresh consideration.

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