WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - Evangelicals held a prayer session in the Oval Office with President Donald Trump Tuesday, a photo of the event going viral on social media.
Posted on the Facebook page of Rodney and Adonica Howard-Browne, founders of Revival Ministries International, the accompanying text read:
Yesterday was very surreal for @ahowardbrowne & I. 30 years ago we came from South Africa to America as missionaries. Yesterday I was asked by Pastor Paula White-Cain to pray over our 45th President - what a humbling moment standing in the Oval Office - laying hands and praying for our President - Supernatural Wisdom, Guidance and Protection - who could ever even imagine - wow - we are going to see another great spiritual awakening#ovaloffice #westwing #whitehouse #washingtondc
The photo shows Trump surrounded by Christians laying hands on him in prayer. Vice President Mike Pence can also be seen with eyes closed.
In a CNN interview Tuesday, evangelical leader Johnnie Moore, who also posted the photo on his Twitter page, said, "We similarly prayed for President Obama but it's different with President Trump. When we are praying for President Trump, we are praying within the context of a real relationship, of true friendship."
Trump's largest base of supporters in the 2016 election were white evangelicals, 81 percent of whom voted for him.
The president acknowledged the overwhelming support at June's Faith and Freedom Coalition meeting in Washington, D.C. "You didn't let me down and I will never, ever let you down, you know that," he remarked.
Not a traditionally religious person, Trump has revealed his greater reliance on God ever since becoming president. In an interview only days after being installed in the White House, Trump told the Christian Broadcasting Network, "The office is so powerful that you need God even more because your decisions are no longer, 'Gee, I'm going to build a building in New York,' or 'I'm going to do this.' These are questions of massive life and death, even with regard to healthcare."
"There's almost not a decision that you make when you're sitting in this position that isn't a really life-altering position," he continued. "So God comes into it even more so."