After nearly two years in confinement in Turkey, American pastor Andrew Brunson joined President Trump in the Oval Office Saturday and, in a powerful moment, kneeled in prayer for him and the country.
When Brunson told the man who had worked to free him from the oppressive Turkish regime that he and his wife often pray for him and asked to do so now, Trump replied, "Well, I need it probably more than anyone else in this room. So that would be very nice, thank you."
Brunson then kneeled down and put his left hand on Trump's right shoulder.
"Lord God, I ask that you pour out your Holy Spirit on President Trump, that you give him supernatural wisdom to accomplish all the plans you have for this country and for him," said the freed pastor. "I ask that you give him wisdom in how to lead this country into righteousness. I ask that you give him perseverance, and endurance and courage to stand for truth. I ask that you to protect him from slander from enemies, from those who would undermine. I ask that you make him a great blessing to this country. Fill him with your wisdom and strength and perseverance. And we bless him. May he be a great blessing to our country. In Jesus’ name, we bless you. Amen."
His wife then added her prayer: "I just want to pray that the Spirit of the Lord would rest on the president, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and fear of the Lord."
Brunson, who had lived in Turkey for two decades, was detained by Turkish authorities in October 2016 on charges of espionage and ties to terrorism.
"A Turkish court on Friday convicted Brunson of having links to terrorism and sentenced him to just over three years in prison, but released the 50-year-old evangelical pastor because he had already spent nearly two years in detention. An earlier charge of espionage was dropped," AP reports.
"From a Turkish prison to the White House in 24 hours, that’s not bad," Trump quipped Saturday.