With many houses of worship shuttered around the country, President Trump proclaimed Sunday a national day of prayer for all Americans affected by the coronavirus pandemic and for the national response efforts.
He said Americans must remember that “no problem is too big for God to handle.”
Mr. Trump urged people “of all faiths and religious traditions and backgrounds to offer prayers for all those affected, including people who have suffered harm or lost loved ones.”
In his proclamation, the president said, “As we continue to face the unique challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, millions of Americans are unable to gather in their churches, temples, synagogues, mosques, and other houses of worship. But in this time we must not cease asking God for added wisdom, comfort, and strength, and we must especially pray for those who have suffered harm or who have lost loved ones.”
He said, “In our times of greatest need, Americans have always turned to prayer to help guide us through trials and periods of uncertainty. I ask you to join me in a day of prayer for all people who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic and to pray for God’s healing hand to be placed on the people of our nation.”
The president said he watched a “great and beautiful” church service on Sunday morning held by Pastor Jentezen Franklin of the Free Chapel Church in Gainesville, Georgia. Like many churches across the nation, Free Chapel’s building was closed on Sunday due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, and its service was delivered on the church’s website.
Pastor Franklin serves on the president’s evangelical advisory board.
Mr. Trump declared a national emergency on Friday, freeing up about $50 billion in federal aid to combat the virus in states and localities.
The proclamation continued, “As we unite in prayer, we are reminded that there is no burden too heavy for God to lift or for this country to bear with his help. Luke 1:37 promises that ‘For with God nothing shall be impossible,’ and those words are just as true today as they have ever been.”
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