Evangelical leaders lay hands on Trump during prayer session in Oval Office

  • Evangelical leaders lay hands on Trump during prayer session in Oval Office

Evangelical leaders lay hands on Trump during prayer session in Oval Office

Howard-Browne, who came to America from South Africa in 1987 after a "calling from God", said that the prayer session with the president was "surreal" and "humbling". In the New Testament, the apostles would lay hands on believers, often using it as a sign of responsibility or authority.

The form of Monday's prayer ― the laying on of hands ― is common in several Christian traditions, including Catholicism, Pentecostalism and the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

"The anti-religion crowd has now cleared the bar from not wanting prayer in schools all the way down to, "'we don't want public officials praying or being prayed for at all, '" observed Andrea Ruth at RedState. And the faith leader said that the group - after a "lighthearted visit among friends" - ended the meeting in prayer.

At the White House press briefing Wednesday, a reporter asked White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders if Trump was praying because he's in crisis mode. He said that religious leaders, including Catholic, evangelical and Jewish leaders, were invited to the White House ahead of the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Let me just give you a quick peek of it. Monday's meeting came as Trump has been embroiled in reports about his family's ties to Russian Federation. "Let him have a greater encounter with You, a greater encounter with the spirit of God", she said. "He was very very much command of the situation". As many people pointed out, this public display of prayer directly contradicts what the Bible says about praying privately.

Moore is not the only evangelical leader to see the Trump administration as offering unprecedented welcome for evangelicals. His evangelical advisory council is no longer a formal board, but numerous leaders still talk with each other and with the White House on a regular basis, Moore said.

Some of those praying laid their hands upon Trump or directed their hands toward him as is the custom of Christians praying over the person whom they are asking God to bless. President Trump won a large portion of the evangelical base when he ran for office. He said it was an "honor to pray within the Oval Office" for Trump and Pence.

"Highlight after all these years of fighting for America - standing in the Oval Office with @realdonaldtrump and @vp and @paulamichellewhite and other leaders - listening to our great President talk about America - Great Job Mr President- Great Job", he wrote on Instagram.

Howard-Browne, known for the "Holy Laughter Movement" and his claim of being a "Holy Ghost bartender", said that he had been asked by White, who reportedly serves as a spiritual advisor to the president, to pray over Trump.

Trump is a self-described Presbyterian but does not attend church, though he has been embraced by many evangelicals.