Although the White House is currently saddled with the monumental task of handling the coronavirus pandemic and aid to be distributed to the states, President Trump still found a moment to join over 700 pastors in prayer.
According to Life News, President Trump heard that Vice President Mike Pence was about to join a conference call with a multitude of pastors on Friday and asked to join.
“When I told the president I was going to be speaking to all of you, [he was] in the midst of an extraordinarily busy day. [But] he looked at me and said, ‘I have to find time. I need to find time.’” Pence said, according to Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, who arranged the call. “The prayers of the people on this call mean [everything] to him.”
Trump said that it’s “wild world,” according to Perkins, and that the coronavirus “came upon us so suddenly. And we were doing better than we’ve ever done before as a country in terms of the economy — and then, all of a sudden, we got hit with this. So we had to close it down. We’re actually paying a big price to close it down. Never happened before.”
“I think we’re going to come back stronger than ever before,” the president added.
Trump told the hundreds of pastors on the call, “I want to thank you for praying for our country and for those who are sick. You do such an incredible job. You’re very inspirational people. And I’m with you all the way. You know that you see what we’ve done for right to life and all of the things that we’ve been working so hard together. I’ve been working with many of the people on the call. Many, many of the people. We’ve had tremendous support. But we are going to get over this.”
When asked by Perkins what he believes Americans should be praying for, Trump responded, “The health of the country; the strength of our country. We were doing something amazing, and then one day, it just ended. So that would be it.”
After Perkins prayed for the president, Trump responded, “You know, you mentioned the word ‘stamina.’ We do need stamina. So thank you very much.”
“The president and I couldn’t be more inspired by the way communities of faith have been stepping up,” Pence said after the president left the call. “You know, the president has said many times that we are going to we’re going to bring the full resources of our federal government to bear on this. But by all of you being here today, and by the energies and ministries that you have [used to respond] to the coronavirus in your communities, you’re really putting hands and feet on your faith. And you are demonstrating what the president today called ‘the greatness of American character’ …And we want to urge you on. We want a full partnership with you in sharing best practices again.”
Pence urged Americans to pray for the experts counseling the administration as they consider how to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
“God is merciful… And we will get through this,” said Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, praying that this crisis would become an opportunity for God to show His power that will “help us return to Him.”
“God still has His hand on this nation,” Carson concluded. “And He has His hand on all of us.”
Saints, while we may not agree with each way our elected leaders are handling this crisis, we achieve nothing by sitting around and complaining about them. We must be in constant prayer now more than ever!
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