‘God has heard and answered our prayers’: Anne Graham Lotz shares good news after her daughter’s heart attacks


Evangelist and author Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of the late Rev. Billy Graham, said Friday that God has “answered our prayers” as her daughter is scheduled to be released from the hospital after unexpectedly suffering two heart attacks.

“God has heard and answered our prayers!” Graham Lotz wrote in a Facebook post alongside a photo of his daughter, Rachel-Ruth. “Join us in praising him! He has surely been an ever-present help in times of trouble.”

Graham Lotz also revealed a diagnosis for Rachel-Ruth.

Doctors initially attributed his heart attacks to a very rare condition that one doctor described to the evangelist as “broken heart syndrome,” a problem for which the cause is unknown. At the time, hospital staff were conducting a series of tests in hopes of determining the driving force behind Rachel-Ruth’s condition.

The cardiologist working with Graham Lotz’s daughter has since diagnosed Rachel-Ruth’s spontaneous coronary artery dissection as the cause of both heart attacks.

“Like the dawn, the Light of God’s presence, compassion, wisdom, and peace have been present in this darkness,” Graham Lotz wrote. “Our ongoing prayer now is that Rachel-Ruth regains her strength, health and never again has heart-related issues. Thank you for praying with us.”

He ended his post with Psalm 59:16, which reads: “I will sing of your power, I will sing of your love tomorrow; for You are my strength, my refuge in times of trouble.”

Rachel-Ruth’s health scare comes months after Graham Lotz’s son, Jonathan, was hospitalized and in critical condition following a diagnosis with COVID-19. He was in a local hospital for eight days before being released.

Graham Lotz, it’s worth noting, has dealt with health issues of his own.

In fact, it was her fight against breast cancer that taught the well-known author and speaker to trust her fellow believers, asking for prayer in the midst of difficult situations.

her told Faithwire she felt prompted by the Holy Spirit to be very transparent about her battle with cancer. She said that God directed her to James 5:16, in which it is written, “Pray for one another that you may be healed.”

“We never know for sure; we walk by faith,” said Graham Lotz. “That verse from James seemed to jump out like God was saying, ‘Anne, you have to ask other people to pray for you,’ and so I did.”

Graham Lotz said that his journey back to health deepened his relationship with God.

“The Holy Spirit, if I can put it this way, is emotionally involved in my life,” he explained. “When I do the right thing, He rejoices. When I do something wrong, He gets sad because He wants the best for me and He wants me to reach my potential. That was, and still is, a very valuable thought.”

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Please continue to pray for Rachel-Ruth’s healing.

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