Billy Graham’s daughter Anne Graham Lotz has asked people to pray for her as she fights breast cancer.
Lotz said in a post on her website this week that she was diagnosed with breast cancer in August. She said she is having surgery Sept. 18.
“The Refiner has just added fuel to the fire in my life. On the afternoon of Aug. 17, 2015, between 3:00 and 3:30, as you may know, I discovered my husband, Danny, unresponsive in our pool. Two days later, he was home! Three years to the day, on the afternoon of August 17, 2018, at the very same time of day, 3:00 to 3:30, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.”
Anne wrote that she first considered the timing “an assignment from the enemy” but later realized that it was divine.
“I heard the soft, gentle whisper of the Spirit, reminding me that it was on a Friday, during that very same time, between 3:00 and 3:30 in the afternoon, that God’s Passover Lamb was sacrificed. Jesus died on the very same day of the week, at the very same time of the day, crushing the head of the serpent, forever defeating the devil and death (Matt. 27:45-46; Gen. 3:15; 1 Cor. 15:55-57). Praise God! The cross, the blood of God’s Lamb, trumps anything the devil can throw at us or assign to us!”
Since the diagnosis, Anne says God has given her “promises and encouragement from His Word.”
“God has been—and is—my refuge and strength, an ever-present help in this trouble. Therefore, I will not fear (see Ps. 46:1-2). But He also has made it very clear that my healing will be in answer to not just my prayer, but the prayers of others for me.”
In obedience to what she has heard from God, she is asking for prayers for her and her family during this time of refinement by fire.
“Pray for God to heal me in whichever way He deems would bring Him the most glory. Healing without surgery, with surgery, with surgery and follow-up treatment, or through the greater miracle of the resurrection.”
The North Carolina-based evangelist and author said she was disheartened at first, but has been encouraged by putting her faith in God. She writes: “Pray for God to heal me in whichever way He deems would bring Him the most glory.”
Graham is the second-oldest of Billy Graham’s five children. She joined her siblings in addressing the funeral for their father in March, saying then that she believed her father’s death was a strategic message from Heaven to wake up Christians.
Anne Graham Lotz is the founder of AnGeL Ministries and former chairman for the National Day of Prayer Task Force. She has authored 15 books, including her latest, The Daniel Prayer.