President Pays Unexpected Visit to Virginia Church, Gets Doozy of a Prayer From the Pastor

By The Stream Published on June 3, 2019

President Trump paid an unexpected visit Sunday morning to McLean Bible Church in McLean, Virginia. Trump was on his way back from a golf outing when he made his surprise stop. The White House says his intent was “to visit with the pastor and pray for the victims and community of Virginia Beach.”

As it happens, Sunday was also the Special Day of Prayer. Franklin Graham and 250 Christian leaders had called on pastors and Christians to pray for the President, his family and administration.

And boy, did McLean Bible Church pastor David Platt deliver. Trump, his hair still slicked back from a post-round shower, a sports coat over his golf attire, stood on the platform, head bowed, absorbing the blessing.

Oh God, we praise You as the one universal king over all. You are our leader and our lord and we worship You. There is one God and one savior and it’s You. Your name is Jesus and we exalt you, Jesus.

And we know, we need Your mercy. We need Your grace, we need Your help, we need Your wisdom in our country. And so we stand right now, on behalf of our president, and we pray for Your grace, and Your mercy, and Your wisdom upon him.

God, we pray that he would know how much You love him. So much that You sent Jesus to die for his sins, our sins, so we pray that he would look to You. That he would trust in You. That he would lean on You. That he would govern and make decisions in ways that are good for justice, and good for righteousness, and good for equity, every good path.

Lord we pray, we pray that You would give him all the grace he needs to govern in ways we just saw in 1 Timothy, chapter 2, that will lead to peaceful and quiet lives, godly and dignified in every way.

God, we pray for your blessing, in that way, upon his family. We pray that you would give them strength, we pray that you give them clarity, wisdom.

Wisdom. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Fools despise wisdom and instruction. Please, oh God, give him wisdom. And help him to lead our country, alongside other leaders.

We pray today for leaders in Congress. We pray for leaders in courts. We pray for leaders at national and state levels.

Please, oh God, help us to look to You. Help us to trust in Your word. Help us to seek Your wisdom and live in ways that reflect Your love and Your grace, Your righteousness and Your justice. We pray for Your blessings on our president toward that end. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Trump did not address the congregation, but was seen mouthing “thank you” as left the platform to rousing applause.

Wisdom and Travel Mercies

President Trump, despite what his reputation may suggest, welcomes prayer. Soaks it up humbly. In fact, he’s been known to plead with members of his faith council to “surround” him in wisdom and prayer. And as Stream founder James Robison wrote last week, “We are … seeing miraculous answers to prayer, for which we as believers are so grateful.”

Added James, “Pray for positive progress to continue as we ask God to protect, strengthen, encourage, and guide the president.”

Especially guide the president this week as he travels overseas. Shortly after his unexpected stop at McLean Bible Church, Trump and wife Melania flew to England. Trump is meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May and enjoying a banquet with Queen Elizabeth. From England, it is onto France to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day on Thursday.

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