Rooted in Prayer’ exhibit now open at Billy Graham Library

CHARLOTTE – A new exhibit at the Billy Graham Library entitled “Rooted in Prayer – Biblical Truths for Everyday Living” shares a glimpse into the heart of a ministry grounded in prayer.

“Prayer is simply talking to God,” Billy Graham said in Rooted in Prayer: A Personal Prayer Journal. “The most important thing I can say about this is that God wants you to talk to Him.”

“From his humble beginnings on a dairy farm, to the national stage praying with presidents and world leaders, Billy Graham was often noted as saying the three most important things to do were, ‘Pray, Pray, Pray,’” said Tom Phillips, vice president of the Billy Graham Library. “Prayer has been, is and will continue to be the most integral element of Mr. Graham’s ministry. In this exhibit, visitors can see how God was woven into every piece of the ministry from staff prayer time and international Crusades, to the Graham’s daily devotion time spent focusing on God’s Word as a family.”

In this exhibit, visitors can see memorabilia including Billy’s personal diary used during the 1957 New York Crusade; a clock and watch used by the Grahams in Amsterdam in 1986; a lanyard, program and a copy of the prayer given by Graham at the Indianapolis 500 in 1999; Graham’s sermon notes from the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance following 9/11; prayer cards, brochures and letters from multiple Crusades; photos and more.

Special resources available to visitors include brochures on how to pray for friends and loved ones and “praying on the spot” – a method Graham used throughout the years that involves placing sticker dots on watches, toothbrushes, mirrors and to remind themselves every time that they saw the dot to stop and pray.

The “Rooted in Prayer” exhibit runs through the end of June. Admission to this exhibit and admission to the Billy Graham Library is free. The library is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information on the library and upcoming events, or to schedule a group tour, visit

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