Billy Zeoli met his senator, Gerald Ford in 1963. They and their families became friends. In 1973 Jerry Ford became vice-president when Spiro Agnew resigned. . . . Then, Richard Nixon resigned, making Gerald Ford President of the United States.
Billy Zeoli wrote and sent a prayer to President Ford every week. A passage of scripture accompanied each prayer. He would mail each prayer on Friday and the envelope was waiting on the desk in the Oval Office on Monday. This was a ministry in itself. Here’s what Gerald Ford said about them.
“In the fall of 1973, shortly after my nomination to fill the vacancy in the office of Vice-President of the United States, there began arriving every Monday morning at my desk a message from Billy. Each contained a Verse from Scripture and a Prayer relating to that Verse which he had especially written for me. He sent them under the heading of ‘God's Got a Better Idea’”
“Those weekly messages followed me into the Oval Office and continued throughout my presidential tenure. There were 146 in all. Not only were they profound in their meaning and judicious in their selection, I believe they were also divinely inspired. Billy Zeoli was the instrument.”1
These prayers spoke to my heart. Whenever I found the time to read them, I came away blessed. Yet, these were written for the President, the leader of the free world. I have shared this information with a friend who is our pastoral assistant at our church. She has suggested I share some of these prayers with others at church from time to time.
None of these prayers speak of what were current events at that time. They speak of spiritual things; some of them go deep into the heart of the reader. I am sure President Ford received blessings from these prayers, as I am sure anyone reading them today would also.