On July 11th of 2017, President Trump made headlines after a photo was posted of evangelical leaders gathering around and praying over him in the Oval Office. The picture, originally shared by Liberty University's former vice president Johnnie Moore, quickly went viral and the topic was covered by multiple news outlets. See photo below.
Although many appreciated Trump’s open door for praying Christians and ultimately welcoming God back into our country, mainstream media criticized Trump and the evangelical leaders present. Erin Burnett from CNN described it with one word: ‘strange’.
In her segment, Burnett stated, "Something we don't see everyday here and the image of Donald Trump praying in the Oval Office and all of those hands on him...The president bowing his head in prayer in the Oval Office and all these people sort of, touching him, it's very strange."
CBN News also mentions that mainstream media was suggesting Trump only prays ‘in times of crisis’. Following these accusations, White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded on behalf of the Trump administration during a White House press briefing.
Huckabee said, "The idea that somebody would only pray when they're in crisis makes you miss the entire point of what prayer is about. You should do it every day. It would be ridiculous to think that's the only time you might do that — in a time of crisis."
Many Christians and Believers are in agreement with Huckabee. As the wise word of Franklin Graham remind us, “Prayer is the Christian’s greatest weapon in a world that seems to be coming apart around us.”
Watch Erin Burnett talk about the prayer session below:
As these evangelical leaders are doing, please continue to pray for our president and our nation. Praying for those in authority can affect our living conditions and have a positive impact on our families, churches, workplaces, cities, and countries. When those in authority are obeying God’s will, it is easier to “live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (1 Timothy 2:2).