U.S. President Trump’s Remarks at White House National Day of Prayer Service

Rose Backyard

4:04 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Thanks very a lot. Please. Thanks. Be seated, please. And, Melania, thanks very a lot, on the second anniversary of the BE BEST Initiative. You’ve accomplished a implausible job. And everyone appreciates it. However I wish to — (applause) — thanks. And I wish to thanks, on behalf of all the nation, for all that you simply do for America’s youngsters and on combating the drug habit downside that we now have on this nation. It’s all around the world. However I wish to thanks very a lot. Nice job you do. You’re employed so laborious.

On this Nationwide Day of Prayer, America is engaged in a fierce battle towards a really horrible illness. All through our historical past, in occasions of problem, our folks have all the time referred to as upon the reward of religion, the blessing of perception, the facility of prayer, and the everlasting glory of God.

I ask all People to affix their voices and their hearts in non secular union as we ask our Lord in Heaven for power and solace, for braveness and luxury, for hope and therapeutic, for restoration and for renewal.

In latest days and weeks, our nation has endured a grave hardship. We pray for each household stricken with grief and devastated with a tragic loss. We pray for the docs, the nurses, and first responders waging warfare towards the invisible enemy. We pray for the scientists and researchers, who pioneer therapies, that they discover therapies and vaccines and that they discover them quickly. We pray for the frontline employees preserving our nation fed, nourished, and secure and safe. Might God watch over all of them.

We’re honored to have with us right this moment our superb Vice President, Mike Pence, and his great spouse, Karen. Nice pals of our nation and nice pals of mine and Melania’s. And any person is doing an unbelievable job, not solely as Vice President, however as heading the duty pressure, which has provide you with so many options and concepts and issues that we didn’t even take into consideration two months in the past.

We’re additionally profoundly grateful to be joined by many religion leaders who’re serving to to look after our neighbors of their hour of want. Thanks all for offering meals to households, medical provides to hospitals, and for offering non secular power and encouragement to your communities. You’re crucial folks, very revered folks, and really a lot beloved folks.

In each a part of our nation, we now have seen the Grace of God by the love and devotion of our fellow residents. As Scripture assures us, “The Lord your God shouldn’t be [in] your midst, a mighty one who will save.” And I believe it’s — I believe it’s so true. Consider that: “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save.”

We’ve been reminded as soon as once more that God has blessed our land with heroes of religion.

Right here with us is Brittany Akinsola from Charlotte, North Carolina. Brittany is a nurse, a pastor, a spouse, a mom. When she noticed the dire state of affairs in New York Metropolis, she volunteered to work on the Samaritan’s Purse discipline hospital in Central Park. There, she labored 13-hour shifts within the intensive care unit for weeks, praying for every affected person whereas giving them the perfect care. As Brittany mentioned, “We simply preserve sharing the love of Christ by our items of nursing.”

Brittany, America is perpetually indebted to you and the unbelievable job you’re — you’ve gotten accomplished. And we very a lot respect it, Brittany. Please come up. Please, come up, Brittany, and say a couple of phrases. (Applause.) Thanks.

MS. AKINSOLA: Thanks a lot, Mr. President. It has been an excellent honor and privilege to have the ability to journey world wide with Samaritan’s Purse and assist folks of their time of disaster and want.

And I most not too long ago had the chance to go to New York Metropolis, as you shared. And I’ll inform you that, simply to have the ability to mix each my expertise of nursing and the gifting of pastoring at such a time as this in our nation and to serve the folks of New York Metropolis was actually one of many biggest honors of my life.

And I do know that I’m one among many frontline employees which can be serving our nation proper now. And so to all of my colleagues at Samaritan’s Purse, and to everybody that’s doing such an unbelievable job sharing their items to assist these in want, I simply wish to say thanks a lot. Thanks for being only a mild of hope in a time that’s such a hopeless time for therefore many individuals.

I’d love to only depart you with a Scripture that has helped me a lot by this time. And it’s Galatians 6:9, and what it says is, “Allow us to not turn out to be weary of doing good, for on the correct time we are going to reap a harvest if we don’t quit.” And the harvest that I’m believing for our nation is one among restoration and hope. I’m believing for therapeutic within the identify of Jesus, and I’m believing that unity — that unity would thrive throughout this time. So thanks a lot, and God bless you all.

THE PRESIDENT: Wow, Brittany. That’s nice. Wow. Thanks very a lot. (Applause.) Brittany — no notes, no nothing. your stuff, don’t you? Huh? Thanks very a lot. Unbelievable particular person.

Additionally with us is Mario Salerno, a landlord auto-shop proprietor in Brooklyn. Final month, Mario waived lease for all 200 of his tenants. Oh, I acquired to see you on tv, really. I mentioned, “What sort of a landlord is that?” (Laughter.) That’s an excellent landlord, proper? That’s very good. I acquired to see that. He needed to guarantee that they might put meals on the desk, and he needed to maintain their households regardless that he’s dropping lots of earnings — which he may all the time use. We are able to all the time use it. Proper, Mario? However that was a giant factor. Mario says that’s irrelevant in comparison with the worth of human life. Unbelievable factor, Mario.

He additionally believes he has two callings in his great world — normally great world; we dwell in a world that’s very complicated — to do good to folks and to maintain his religion. As Mario places it, “Religion is much more highly effective than concern.” That’s true.

Mario, in case you would, would you please step up and say a couple of phrases? Thanks very a lot.

MR. SALERNO: Thanks very a lot, Mr. President. I’m honored. On this big day of prayer, I’ve nothing written. I simply wish to thank the nice Lord.

Each morning once I get up, at 3:30 within the morning, prepare, put my toes, I pray and I ask the nice Lord, “Please, conquer this vicious virus. He’s making us all stumble.” And moreover me praying to the Good Lord, I pray for our expensive President. And I inform God, “Please, give him the power and the facility, as a result of he’s not solely our chief of the good United States; the entire world is following this gentleman.”

And I can’t say the rest, however let’s please pray for this excellent man. Religion earlier than concern. And, Mr. President, I’m honored to be right here. And I pray for you on daily basis. God bless America and God bless you, Mr. President. Thanks. (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT: Thanks, Mario. Wow. That’s so nice. Thanks, Mario. That’s very nice. I respect it. And, by the best way, I like your tie, however I like your phrases much more. Thanks very a lot.

In all ages and in each era, the prayers of our folks and the religion of our households has willed us on to victory. No impediment, no enemy, and no hazard can overcome the mighty spirit and soul of our nation.

In each battle towards poverty, towards illness, towards tyranny and evil, we now have positioned our loyalty in one another and our belief in God. And we now have prevailed. We are going to proceed to prevail. We are going to prevail once more. We are going to vanquish the virus. We are going to defeat the enemy. We is not going to fail.

So, as soon as extra, we name upon our Creator to information us by these very complicated steps, defend our folks, rebuild our communities, and restore our beloved nation to even better heights. We are going to always remember, nevertheless, these which have been misplaced, these unbelievable souls, and the households of these souls which can be going by a lot. We are going to always remember you. We will probably be there for you.

Might God proceed to strengthen our hearts and maintain our souls. Might God proceed to shed His divine grace upon this land. And will God perpetually bless the US of America.

And now I’d wish to ask the religion leaders of our nation — a few of the most necessary of our religion leaders, folks revered by everyone — to say a couple of phrases.

Please, Sister Anida Martinez, in case you would, maybe start. Sister, thanks very a lot.

SISTER MARTINEZ: Thanks, Mr. President.

Within the identify of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Pricey Heavenly Father, I ask you to grant us, on this second, to be in your most holy presence. Within the presence of our mom Mary, of Saint Joseph, our protector and information, of all of the angels and of all of the saints, I ask you to please grant us the grace to be one in physique and in spirit, all your youngsters of the Earth. Please be with us in order that with one voice, with the voice of the Church, we might pray collectively to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Jesus, Son of God, you had been despatched by the Father to bear our weak spot. Be with us on this time of disaster. Merciful savior, heal and luxury the sick, in order that with well being restored, they might provide you with reward.

Divine doctor, accompany our caregivers in order that serving You with endurance, they might heal properly. Everlasting knowledge, information our leaders in order that searching for cures, they might observe Your mild. Christ, the anointed, defend us in physique and spirit in order that free of hurt, we could also be delivered from all affliction.

Beloved Son of the Father, grant us the grace to develop in love for Him, that we might love the Lord our God with all of our coronary heart, with all of our thoughts, and with all of our power. You who dwell in reign, within the unity of God the Father with the Holy Spirit, one God, perpetually and ever. Amen.

We thanks, Father, for this second. We thanks to your love for us. We ask you, within the identify of Christ our Lord, to bless us with His most treasured blood, to bless our nation, to bless our world. Within the identify of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

THE PRESIDENT: Thanks, Sister, very a lot. Thanks. It’s stunning.

Pujari Harish Brahmbhatt.

MR. BRAHMBHATT: Thanks, Mr. President. In these troubled occasions of COVID-19, social distancing, and the lockdown, it’s commonplace for folks to really feel anxious or not at peace. The Shanti Paath, or the peace prayer, is a prayer that doesn’t search worldly riches, success, fame, neither is it a prayer for any want for heaven. It’s a stunning Hindu prayer for peace — Shanti. It’s a Vedic prayer derived from the Yajurveda. And the prayer goes:

Om Dyau Shanti Rantariksha Gwam

ShantiPrithvi Shanti Rapah

Shanti Roshadhayah Shanti Vanas Patayah

Shanti Vishwed Devah Shanti Brahma

Sarvag Wam

Shanti Shanti Reva Shanti Sa Ma Shanti Redhi

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti

The prayer interprets into:

Onto the heavens, be peace. Onto the sky and Earth, be peace. Peace be onto the water. Onto the herbs and bushes, be peace. Onto all of the crops, be peace. Onto Brahma and onto all, be peace. And will we notice that peace. Peace. Peace. Peace.


THE PRESIDENT: Thanks very a lot. Thanks.

Would Bishop Dwight Inexperienced please come up?

BISHOP GREEN: Thanks. Good afternoon to the President, Vice President, and all these which can be assembled right this moment on the Nationwide Day of Prayer.

Allow us to pray:

To the everlasting sovereign God of creation, You have got summoned your folks, as soon as once more, to prayer. And the presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ and the membership of our group world wide has, for the final 12 weeks, been joined collectively interceding for the deliverance of our nation and our world that God would ship us from the coronavirus pandemic and all of different debilitating plagues current in our world.

We imagine that the struggling and the lack of life, which continues to threaten the socioeconomic and geopolitical steadiness of our nation will be curtailed when the folks of God pray.

You mentioned in Psalms 107: “He’ll ship His phrase to heal and ship us from destruction.”

Our methods are damaged, not trusted, nor efficient, as a result of we now have strayed out of your commandments. And our individuals are wounded, ailing, bewildered, annoyed by empty guarantees.

We’d like you to remodel us to the likeness of your Son, Jesus the Christ. We’d like your phrase of therapeutic that may restore confidence in our justice system that may mirror equity and supply rehabilitation for redeemable offenders. We’d like your phrase to heal that promise high quality early childhood training and equitable distribution of alternatives for wealth-building for blacks, browns, and deprived whites.

We’d like your phrase of therapeutic that may converse to the bodily, emotional, and non secular deficiencies of our nation; your phrase that may trigger us to acknowledge we’re all God’s youngsters and He has referred to as us to like and good works.

You declared a home divided towards itself will self-destruct. So, Father, have mercy on us as we repent right this moment for our miscarriage of justice. I repent of all offenses and disobedience of our nation to your commandments, and humbly search your forgiveness and pray for mercy that you’ll ship us from this evil affliction of the coronavirus.

And grant to our President, Mr. Trump, the Vice President, Congress, and the non secular leaders of our nation your divine perception to navigate this pandemic, within the identify of Jesus Christ the Savior.

And we pray divine consolation for the grieving households of these which have been misplaced and people which can be but battling the affliction inflicted by this virus. We pray your consolation, your deliverance, and your peace.

In Jesus’s identify, thank God. Amen.

THE PRESIDENT: Thanks, Bishop, very a lot. Thanks.

Pastor Paula White, please come up. Thanks, Paula.

PASTOR WHITE: What an honor to be right here with you, President and First Girl, Vice President, Second Girl. It’s a good looking day to raise up our Lord and Savior. He’s a sure God in unsure occasions. And the Bible says, if two or three of us agree as touching something, will probably be accomplished.

Job 22, verse 28 says: When you decree a factor and declare a factor, will probably be established. So, God, we are available settlement along with your phrase and along with your identify — the identify of Jesus.

Psalm 40, verse 17 says: You’re my assist and my ship. Don’t delay, Oh God. I declare no extra delays to the deliverance of COVID-19. No extra delays to therapeutic and a vaccination. No extra delays to restoration of this nice nation, the US of America.

For Psalm 71:2 says: In your righteousness, ship us and rescue us, incline your ear and save us.

Psalm 107 says: You ship us out of the stress and out of destruction.

Your phrase is not going to return void, in line with Isaiah chapter 55, verse 11. So I declare your phrase. I declare divine intervention and supernatural turnaround. You’ll restore this land.

In response to Psalm 118:25: Save our nation, oh Lord, and ship prosperity now.

For Deuteronomy 28:Eight says: Command your blessing upon this land. You mentioned in Deuteronomy 8:9 to deliver us into good land with none lack.

In your phrase declares in Psalm 33:2: Blessed is the nation whose God is Lord.

So I declare you proper now to be Lord over this nation, over the US of America, and we obtain your blessing over any plague, over any financial misery.

You’ll keep the hand of the enemy, in line with Second Samuel chapter 21, verse 16: When 70,000 males died by a plague, David cried out as he coated himself in prayer. And the Lord answered and mentioned, “It’s sufficient.”

Keep now thine hand. Lord, let that be the cry right this moment, and let that be your reply. Lord, sufficient coronavirus, sufficient to demise, sufficient to concern, sufficient to poverty. Keep thine your hand.

We pray over President Trump and First Girl, Vice President and Second Girl, and this administration. I declare Psalm 89, verse 21: Let your hand set up President Trump, and let your arm strengthen him. I declare Psalm 98:1 that your proper hand and your holy arm will give Him victory. We declare victory within the identify of Jesus.

Isaiah 58:11 says: Information him regularly. And also you mentioned in Psalm 78:72 that you’d information him by the skillfulness of your hand.

You declared in Psalm 43 that ship out your mild and fact and let him lead his family, his administration, within the identify of Jesus.

Now, Lord, we pray to your mercies, for they’re new each single day. And each morning, your mercies are new. Your steadfast love by no means ceases. I declare new mercies for hospital employees, new mercies for docs and nurses, mothers and dads, pastors and clergies, CEOs and employers, for the President and Vice President.

God, your love is steadfast and it endures perpetually. So proper now, wrap your arms of affection round each one that is hurting, each one that is confused, scared, drained, weary sick, lonely. Allow them to know your love. Allow them to know that you’ll by no means depart them and you’ll by no means forsake them.

And in conclusion, I declare Isaiah chapter 43, verse 19: I ask the Lord to do a brand new factor in our nation by giving waters within the wilderness and streams within the desert.

Malachi 4:2 says: Jesus, come up over the nation with therapeutic in your wings.

President, one final phrase: Like David, who had had victory, after victory, after victory, after victory, would face his greatest battle — it was referred to as Ziklag. And they might take his wives and his youngsters, and town can be burned down. And he cried and he wept, and he started to hope out to God. And God gave him a phrase.

And thru fasting and praying, I imagine that is the phrase for you and for this nation: The Lord spoke to him and mentioned: Pursue and go after them, and also you shall, with out fail, recuperate all.

Sir, the phrase of the Lord, I imagine, for this nation and for this administration is: You’ll recuperate all.

THE PRESIDENT: Properly, thanks very a lot, Paula. Unbelievable, Paula. Thanks.

Subsequent is Chaplain Ibraheem Raheem. Thanks, Chaplain.

CHAPLAIN RAHEEM: Thanks, Mr. President.

Allow us to pray:

Gracious and merciful Lord, I pray for our nation. I deliver the wants of our residents earlier than you and ask that you simply be with all of us by the challenges we endure from COVID-19.

I pray for the victims and households of victims which have misplaced their lives, in addition to these which can be combating for his or her lives right this moment.

I pray for the numerous with out jobs, meals, and shelter. I ask that you’d give all of our nation’s leaders the knowledge and braveness to guide us by this pandemic.

I pray for our President, Vice President, First Girl, and Second Girl. I ask that you simply assist us to work collectively as a nation. I ask that you simply bless our Congress and all of these in management positions to revive our nation again to full operation. I pray to your safety to cowl all of our valiant healthcare employees, our brave first responders, legislation enforcement neighborhood, and courageous women and men of our army. I pray for all important employees. I pray for the soundness of thoughts for our governors and judges throughout the land.

I pray for each religion neighborhood and their leaders. And I ask your blessings upon these in my neighborhood who’re observing the collective quick of Ramadan.

I ask these blessings in your gracious and merciful identify. Amen.

THE PRESIDENT: Thanks very a lot. Thanks very a lot.

Sister Debbie Harrison. Sister Harrison, thanks very a lot.

SISTER HARRISON: Thanks, Mr. President.

Our Pricey Heavenly Father, we’re grateful, at the present time, to be gathered along with representatives from many religions, united in prayer to attraction to thee thy mercy and beauty, and serving to us and our nation.

We’re grateful to be in a rustic the place we now have the appropriate to train our non secular beliefs. And we pray and cherish that these freedoms that we now have will probably be protected and never be diminished.

We’re united in prayer right this moment to ask a particular blessing of deliverance — deliverance from this pandemic that has coated the Earth in a devastating illness. We ask that our docs, nurses, and caregivers will be blessed with particular safety in recognition of their sacrifices and laborious work.

Please bless our scientists and docs to develop efficient therapies for individuals who are sick and who might turn out to be sick. We pray {that a} secure and efficient vaccine will be developed rapidly to guard us, in order that life can return to regular.

Bless the leaders of this nice nation to be impressed by thee, to have knowledge and judgment to make good selections and to get the financial system operating once more. Amplify their skills.

Bless our leaders to work collectively in concord and unity to do what’s greatest for the residents of this nation.

We pray for people who mourn for misplaced family members and ask that you simply ship thy Holy Spirit to consolation them and provides them assurance that they are often reunited once more by the facility of our savior Jesus Christ’s resurrection.

We all know that with out thy strengthening assist, we are going to fail. However with thy assist and tender mercies, we are able to do all issues and we is not going to fail.

We pray we are able to look to thee in each thought, doubt not, and concern not.

We love thee, Heavenly Father, and we name down the powers of Heaven to assist us, unite us, and ship us from these troubled occasions.

I say this stuff in deep gratitude for all of our blessings within the sacred identify of Jesus Christ, our healer and redeemer.


THE PRESIDENT: Thanks very a lot, Sister. Thanks.

Rabbi Ariel Sadwin. Thanks, Rabbi.

RABBI SADWIN: Thanks, Mr. President.

King Solomon, in his nice knowledge, writes within the second chapter of Tune of Songs, “There he stands behind our wall, gazing by the home windows, peering by the lattice.” The Midrash commentary explains this to be referring to Almighty God at a time when his presence shouldn’t be seen, neither is it readily obvious. “However concern not,” says King Solomon, “he’s proper there within the background, watching you thru the window, and the lattice. (Speaks Hebrew.) Oh, our merciful Father.”

This concept is so obvious and reminiscent to this most difficult time throughout which we discover ourselves. Our relationship with you appears so totally different from what it all the time has been. We’ve not been in your own home, our holy synagogues, in almost two months. These sacred locations the place we go to hunt you and to derive inspiration thrice a day, on daily basis, are empty, darkish, and shuttered. As a substitute, all we now have had is the sanctuary of our personal properties and the restricted allowable interactions.

There may be concern, there may be illness, there may be demise wherever we flip and every time we hear. However but, we all know you’re nonetheless there, watching over us as all the time. (Speaks Hebrew.) Grasp of the world, you’re the Rofei chol basar, the healer of all flesh. We implore you to eradicate this terrible plague out of your Earth, heal those that endure, consolation those that mourn, maintain those that have misplaced livelihood.

Please bless our President, our First Girl, our Vice President, our Second Girl, and all the administration, in addition to the leaders of state and native governments who should make important selections each day.

Please bless the docs, nurses, first responders, and all medical personnel who dedicate their lives to avoid wasting others. Please bless the selfless neighborhood and civic leaders who’re doing their half to assist these in want. And please bless each one among your 330 million youngsters who make up the US of America.


THE PRESIDENT: Thanks, Rabbi, very a lot.

Now I’d wish to ask the Spirit of Religion Christian Heart Choir to come back up and conclude the occasion by main us within the singing of “God Bless America.”


MR. BOWMAN, JR.: It’s my prayer and want as we be part of collectively to sing “God Bless America” that we are going to all reciprocate and start to bless God.

(“God Bless America” is sung.)


THE PRESIDENT: Properly, thanks very a lot. That was — that was nice. Thanks.

, whilst you’re up right here — so that is completely surprising, however you’re so good. Do you’ve gotten one track that you simply’d wish to sing for the group and for the entire world that’s watching proper now? You have got lots of cameras on the market.

Go forward. We’ll put a little bit stress on you. You may deal with it.

MR. BOWMAN, JR.: Let’s do that.

THE PRESIDENT: Go forward.

(“I Elevate My Eyes Up” is sung.)


THE PRESIDENT: That’s implausible. Lots of people had been watching. Thanks. Nice expertise, stunning.

Thanks all very a lot. Nice day of prayer. Thanks very a lot, Mike. (Applause.) Thanks all very a lot.

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