On Sunday, President Donald Trump made a surprise visit to a Virginia megachurch, where he was prayed for on stage by the church’s pastor.
President Trump visited McLean Bible Church, an evangelical church, in an unscheduled visit after Trump left the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia.
As President Trump walked on stage in his golf shoes, Pastor David Platt introduced him to his congregation, calling it a “unique opportunity today as a church.”
With Trump on stage, Platt took a moment to stop and pray for the president:
I want us to bow our heads together and now pray for our President. Oh God, we praise you as the one universal King over all. You are our leader and our Lord and we worship you. There’s one God and one Savior and it’s you and 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 and he would trust in you, 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 of the grace that he needs to govern in ways that we just saw in 1 Timothy 2 that 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 give him strength, we pray that you give him 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 play for leaders in courts, we pray for leaders in national and state levels. Please oh God help us to look to you…
The president gave no remarks but was seen clapping and thanking the crowd and pastor.
Last week, more than 250 Christian leaders announced that Sunday would be a “SPECIAL Day of Prayer for the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, that God would protect, strengthen, embolden, and direct him.”
“President Trump’s enemies continue to try everything to destroy him, his family, and the presidency,” the statement posted on Franklin Graham’s Facebook page reads. “In the history of our country, no president has been attacked as he has. I believe the only hope for him, and this nation, is God.”
“On June 2, we ask that pastors would lead their congregations in praying for the President, that Sunday schools and other groups would join together and pray, and that individuals and families across the country would have a special focus on praying for the President that day,” the statement added.
In a statement, White House Deputy Spokesman Judd Deere said Trump was at the church to pray for the victims of the mass shooting in Virginia Beach last Friday.
“President Donald J. Trump is visiting McLean Bible Church in Vienna, VA, to visit with the Pastor and pray for the victims and community of Virginia Beach,” Deere said.
The Daily Wire previously reported:
At roughly 4 p.m. on Friday, a gunman who was reportedly an employee of the Virginia Beach Municipal Center in Virginia, entered Building 2, which includes offices for planning and public works and is adjacent to City Hall, and opened fire. By the end of the incident, he had killed 11 victims and he was killed in a gunfight with police, according to police.
Six more people were injured and taken to a hospital, according to Virginia Beach Police Chief James Cervera, who added that one injured victim was a Virginia Beach Police officer wearing a bulletproof vest.
The suspect was killed after engaging with police officers, according to Cervera.