The Reverend Franklin Graham has called on supporters to pray for the city of Chicago following an extremely violent weekend.
From Friday evening until late Sunday night, 66 people were shot in the Windy City, with 12 people dead, including an 11-year-old and a 13-year-old, according to CNN.
In a Tuesday statement posted to his official Facebook page, Graham called on people to offer prayers for Chicago and to “pray for families who have recently lost loved ones to violence, pray for Mayor Emanuel and city officials.”
“Also pray for Chicago law enforcement and first responders as they serve on the front lines. Most of all, pray for hearts to be transformed through faith in Jesus Christ. We need a revival across our country. God is the answer,” stated Graham.
Graham also quoted a statement from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who remarked that “there is a shortage of values about what is right and what is wrong.”
“This great deficit of values is crippling families and cities and can cripple our nation. The farther people move away from God and following His Word, the more our communities are going to suffer the consequences of evil like this,” Graham added.
Within hours of Graham posting the “Pray for Chicago” message to Facebook, it received over 17,000 likes and more than 13,000 shares.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski