POTUS Believes in Power of Prayer

I was always bemused in the GOP primaries when Ted Cruz used the tongue of fire representing the Holy Spirit as his logo and that he promoted the thinking that he was anointed by God to be president.

That’s a presumption that made me uncomfortable. God doesn’t seem to work that way. In the Bible he often picks imperfect people as leaders. Moses, David, Peter, Saul among others. Many Trump supporters felt that Donald J. had been selected – imperfect as he is – to help our country. He denied the odds, he survived slews of attacks and still won the presidency. A sort of divine intervention you could say.

Since the election, Trump has not ignored God. He asks for His blessing on our nation continually. He brings religious leaders to the White House frequently and they lay hands on him. He visited the Vatican, Melania had a rosary blessed and she led everyone in the Lord’s Prayer at a rally.

Quite a difference from the previous occupants who reviled us for clinging to our guns and religion.

I was happy to see that Trump proclaimed tomorrow, September 3, a national day of prayer for the Hurricane Harvey victims.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 3, 2017, as a National Day of Prayer for the Victims of Hurricane Harvey and for our National Response and Recovery Efforts. We give thanks for the generosity and goodness of all those who have responded to the needs of their fellow Americans.

I urge Americans of all faiths and religious traditions and backgrounds to offer prayers today for all those harmed by Hurricane Harvey, including people who have lost family members or been injured, those who have lost homes or other property, and our first responders, law enforcement officers, military personnel, and medical professionals leading the response and recovery efforts.

Each of us, in our own way, may call upon our God for strength and comfort during this difficult time. I call on all Americans and houses of worship throughout the Nation to join in one voice of prayer, as we seek to uplift one another and assist those suffering from the consequences of this terrible storm.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.

He rightly notes that

Americans have always come to the aid of their fellow countrymen — friend helping friend, neighbor helping neighbor, and stranger helping stranger — and we vow to do so in response to Hurricane Harvey. From the beginning of our Nation, Americans have joined together in prayer during times of great need, to ask for God’s blessings and guidance.

This tradition dates to June 12, 1775, when the Continental Congress proclaimed a day of prayer following the Battles of Lexington and Concord, and April 30, 1789, when President George Washington, during the Nation’s first Presidential inauguration, asked Americans to pray for God’s protection and favor.

When we look across Texas and Louisiana, we see the American spirit of service embodied by countless men and women. Brave first responders have rescued those stranded in drowning cars and rising water. Families have given food and shelter to those in need. Houses of worship have organized efforts to clean up communities and repair damaged homes. Individuals of every background are striving for the same goal — to aid and comfort people facing devastating losses. As Americans, we know that no challenge is too great for us to overcome.

As response and recovery efforts continue, and as Americans provide much needed relief to the people of Texas and Louisiana, we are reminded of Scripture’s promise that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Melania and I are grateful to everyone devoting time, effort, and resources to the ongoing response, recovery, and rebuilding efforts. We invite all Americans to join us as we continue to pray for those who have lost family members or friends, and for those who are suffering in this time of crisis.

I hope Americans take this to heart and pray tomorrow. It will make a difference.

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