Franklin Graham leads thousands in prayer at Donald Trump's 'Thank You Tour'

Members of the audience pray while waiting to listen to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speak during a USA Thank You Tour event in Mobile, Alabama, U.S., December 17, 2016. | Reuters/Lucas Jackson

Franklin Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse, was one of the speakers at the final stop of the Republican Party's "Thank You Tour" last Saturday.

During the event, which was held at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama, Graham led a crowd of around 20,000 supporters in a prayer for President-elect Donald Trump and the United States.

In a message posted on Facebook the following day, Graham also encouraged everyone, including those who did not vote for Trump, to pray for the new president.

"Donald Trump will become our president in just over a month, and he needs our prayers for wisdom as he puts together his administration. I encourage everyone—whether you voted for President-elect Trump or not—to come together and pray for him. God hears and works through the prayers of His people," his message on Facebook partly reads.

At the "Thank You Tour" stop in Alabama, Trump took the opportunity to publicly acknowledge the evangelical leader's role in his victory at the precincts. "I want to thank so many great people, but having Franklin Graham, who was so instrumental, we won so big, with evangelical Christians, we won so big," the President-elect said.

Prior to the November U.S. elections, Graham went on a Decision America Tour, which was aimed at getting Christians to cast their vote, though he was careful not to endorse a specific candidate during the campaign period. Graham has been vocal in supporting Trump since the conclusion of the elections.

Last month, Graham told Christian Today that there was "no question" that it was God's will that Trump emerged victorious in the recently held elections. He shared that Trump's election as the new U.S. president came at just the right time. He said, "When we see Christianity being attacked worldwide, not just by militant Muslims but by secularism, it's refreshing to have a leader who is willing to defend the Christian faith."