This week in Washington, D.C., U.S. President Donald Trump focused on the power of prayer at the annual National Prayer Breakfast. “America is a nation of believers, and together we are strengthened by the power of prayer,” he said.
The President observed our nation’s history of reliance on God as proclaimed in our national motto and the Pledge of Allegiance. He stated, “Our rights are not given to us by man; our rights come from our Creator. No matter what, no earthly force can take those rights away.”
Trump also highlighted stories showing the power of prayer. For example, he told the story of 9-year-old Sophia Peters, who was in attendance after being prayed for by millions that she would have a successful surgery and beat medical projections by walking once more. Trump also spoke again about Mr. Ji Seong-ho, a North Korean defector and convert to Christianity, who last week during the President’s State of the Union address inspired many by standing and raising his crutches in defiance of the despotic regime that had brutalized him and his family. “Before his escape, when Seong-ho was being tortured by North Korean officials, there was one thing that kept him from losing hope,” Trump said. “Over and over again, he recited the Lord’s Prayer. He prayed for peace, and he prayed for freedom. And now, as you know, Seong-ho is free and a symbol of hope to millions of people all around the world.”
President Trump also looked to fellow speaker, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), who was gunned down by a would-be assassin last summer on a baseball field. “Your presence reminds us of Jesus’s words in the Book of Matthew: ‘With God all things are possible,’” said Trump.
The President concluded, “As long as we open our eyes to God’s grace and open our hearts to God’s love, then America will forever be the land of the free, the home of the brave, and a light unto all nations.”
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: February 9, 2018