Pastor Paula White Prays at Trump's Inauguration
Pastor Paula White, Pastor of New Destiny Christian Center, Apopka, FL prayed the invocation today at President Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony, calling on God for help and guidance during this presidency.
White has acted as a spiritual adviser to Trump for some 15 years now. She told RNS in an interview published before the election that her and President Trump have had a relationship that goes back many years.
"Mr. Trump called me up out of the blue. He had been watching three sermons on television, and he quoted them back verbatim. He began to tell me his story – how he was confirmed in a Presbyterian church, grew up (attending Marble Collegiate Church, pastored by) Norman Vincent Peale — and we began to converse about the things of God."
When Paula was in town, they would meet and talk about spiritual things.
"A relationship developed, and if I was in town, he would invite me into his office and say, “Hey, come sit.” I would sit like a fly on the wall and be there all day if I had a free day or several hours. I would pray for him, pray for his family, pray for his staff, just talk God, talk life. Little did I know 15 years ago Donald Trump would now become President-elect Trump. My assignment was always to pray for him and show him who God is."
Some people have characterized White as Trump’s “God whisperer." White says one thing is sure, she has prayed over him faithfully on a daily basis.
She opened her invocation, approaching God on behalf of our nation in the Name of Jesus, thanking God for this country.
"We acknowledge that we are a blessed nation," and affirmed America's future as full of promise and purpose.
She went on to pray and affirm America as a gift of God to us, "Every good and every perfect gift comes from you."
White quoted from Proverbs 21:1, "In the LORD's hand the king's heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him."
She asked God to give President Trump, "the ability to know your the will, your will and the competence to lead us in justice and righteousness."
"While we know there are many challenges before us." She asked for God's guidance and discernment,
"Guide us in discernment Lord. Give us the strength to persevere and thrive."
"Thy kingdom come, thy will be done. Let your favor be upon this one nation under god. let these united states of america be that beacon of hope to all people and nations under your dominion. A true hope for humankind. Glory to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen."