Answers

Read thoughtful responses to a wide assortment of questions from Billy Graham’s My Answer column and other resources.

Why Pray if God Might Say No?

I know you've said that God sometimes answers our prayers with a "no"—but if that's the case, then why bother to pray?

Praying for Decisions

A friend of mine always prays when she's facing a decision, even a very small one. I guess that's OK, but didn't God give us the ability to think things through on our own? Why spend time praying about something, if it's already obvious what we ought to do?

Right Way to Pray

I grew up thinking that the only prayers I was supposed to say were ones I'd memorized as a child. Now I'm afraid to pray in my own words, for fear I'll say something wrong and God will be offended. Am I right to feel this way?

Billy Graham’s Final Answer

Mr. Graham, how would you like to be remembered?

God Made You Unique

Why did God make me such a shy person? I want to make friends and be accepted by people, but whenever I get in a crowd I just freeze up and don't even talk to anyone. Sometimes I wish I was someone else.

How Honest Can We Be with God?

How honest can we be with God? I don't want Him to get upset with me, but to be honest I'm kind of angry at God because He doesn't seem to be doing anything about my problems. What would happen to me if I told Him?

Seek God’s Comfort as You Grieve

Is it wrong for me to ask God to let me die? My husband passed away a few months ago, and all I want to do is go to Heaven and be with him. I can't tell you how empty my life is without him. We'd been married over forty-eight years.

God Hears Your Prayers

You often tell people to ask Jesus to come into their lives with a simple prayer of faith. But how do I know if I'm saying the right words? Maybe I haven't said enough, or I've said the wrong things. How can I be sure God has heard me?

There Are Many Ways to Grow Closer to God

Why do I feel near to God one day, but then the next day I'll feel like He doesn't even exist? I wish my spiritual life wasn't such a roller coaster. This isn't the way it's supposed to be, is it?

Open Your Eyes and See the Truth About Jesus

I grew up in a church-going family, but I'm having some real struggles with doubt. I'm in medical school studying to be a doctor, and I just can't bring myself to believe that Jesus came back from the dead. Things like that just don't happen.

Why Did Pontius Pilate Turn on Jesus?

I've always been puzzled by Pilate, the Roman governor who gave the order for Jesus to be executed. Didn't he say several times that he thought Jesus was innocent and shouldn't be put to death? Why then did he allow it?

The Symbolism of the Cross

I am a foreign student here, but I do not come from a Christian country. I am curious about your religion. Why do churches have a cross on top of them, and why do some people wear a cross? What does it mean?