Impromptu prayer meeting breaks out in the Oval Office
Logos Post News Desk - A group of evangelical leaders this week had the opportunity to pray with and for President Trump while in the Oval Office. What started as a "work day" event at the White House for these leaders, many who were part of the advisory council turned into a prayer meeting Wednesday.
Evangelical leader Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES) said concerning the meeting, “It’s always encouraging and inspiring to go to the White House, no matter how many times you’ve been,” Land said. “The sense of history and the gratitude that you have for the privilege of being born in and living in this country is almost overwhelming as you walk the halls of the White House. I was grateful to be invited to attend this work day, along with other former members of the Evangelical Faith Advisory Board. We had the opportunity to provide input on a host of issues and to give our opinions about where we thought the president was doing well and where he needed to improve.”
Johnnie Moore of The Kairos Company said this is demonstration of the growing relationship within the evangelical community and the president.
"It shows a substantive relationship between the evangelical community and this administration," he told CBN News.
A number of Christian leaders were there for the impromptu prayer meeting including Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council (FRC); Pastor John Hagee, founder and senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio; Paula White, senior pastor of New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Florida; former Congresswoman Michele Bachmann; Ralph Reed, chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition; Gary Bauer, president of American Values; Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas; Jim Garlow, senior pastor of Skyline Church in La Mesa, California; Rodney Howard-Browne, senior pastor at the River at Tampa Bay Church, Mike Evans, the founder of Friends of Zion Museum in Jerusalem, and Richard Land, president of the Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, among others according to a report at CBN News.
An impromptu prayer time commenced with the president soon after lunch, when the attendees were met by Vice President Mike Pence, who had been told by Jared Kushner that the Evangelical leaders were in the White House complex. Pence relayed to the visitors that the president wanted to see them in the Oval Office.
The group spent 15 to 25 minutes with Trump in the Oval Office, Land said, and then asked if they could pray with him, to which the president was resoundingly positive. The leaders formed a circle around Trump, laid hands on him and prayed that God would give the president guidance, wisdom and direction, and also prayed for his safety. View photos from the meeting and prayer time here.