U.S. pas­tor freed from Tur­key prays for Trump


WASH­ING­TON — Freed Amer­i­can Pas­tor An­drew Brun­son fell to one knee in the Oval Of­fice and placed his hand on Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s shoul­der in prayer on Satur­day. Trump wel­comed Brun­son to the White House to cel­e­brate his re­lease from nearly two years of con­fine­ment in Tur­key, which had sparked a diplo­matic row with a key ally and outcry from U.S. evan­gel­i­cal groups.

Brun­son re­turned to the U.S. aboard a mil­i­tary jet shortly be­fore meet­ing the pres­i­dent. He was de­tained in Oc­to­ber 2016, for­mally ar­rested that De­cem­ber and placed un­der house ar­rest on July 25 for health rea­sons. Brun­son’s home­com­ing amounts to a diplo­matic — and pos­si­bly po­lit­i­cal — win for Trump and his evan­gel­i­cal base.

Com­ing on the heels of the con­fir­ma­tion of a con­ser­va­tive jus­tice to the Supreme Court, Brun­son’s re­turn is likely to leave evan­gel­i­cal Chris­tians feel­ing good about the pres­i­dent and mo­ti­vated get to the polls in the Nov. 6 midterm elec­tions.

Brun­son ap­peared to be in good health and good spir­its. When he asked Trump if he could pray for him, the pres­i­dent replied, “Well, I need it prob­a­bly more than any­one else in this room, so that would be very nice, thank you.”

Brun­son left his chair be­side Trump, knelt and placed a hand on the pres­i­dent’s shoul­der. As Trump bowed his head, Brun­son asked God to “give him su­per­nat­u­ral wis­dom to ac­com­plish all the plans You have for this coun­try and for him. I ask that You give him wis­dom in how to lead this coun­try into right­eous­ness.”

He con­tin­ued: “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’s name, we bless you. Amen.”


When Pas­tor An­drew Brun­son asked Don­ald Trump if he could pray for him, the pres­i­dent replied, “Well, I need it prob­a­bly more than any­one else in this room.”

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