The concern may be for an individual. One night in 1962 in a hotel in Seattle, Billy Graham was sound asleep. Suddenly he awoke with what he later described as "a burden to pray for Marilyn Monroe," the movie actress. When the feeling continued the next day, one of Graham’s associates tries to reach the actress through one of her agents.
The agent offered no hope for a meeting immediately. "Not now. Maybe two weeks from now," he said. Two weeks later Marilyn Monroe’s suicide shocked the world. Two weeks was too late.
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