Did Paula White pray for the reelection of President Trump at the opening of his massive campaign rally in Orlando?
Back in 2008, I heard of a prominent, black, mega-church pastor praying for the election of Barack Obama by name. In other words, he led his congregation in prayer that Senator Obama would become our next president. (Previously, he had prayed the same prayer for the presidential election of Al Gore.)
Did Paula White do the same thing last week? And is this how Christian leaders should pray? Should they pray partisan prayers?
As reported by The Christian Post, Rev. White’s prayer was quite targeted and bold.
First, she went after the “demonic networks,” saying, “Let every demonic network that has aligned itself against the purpose, against the calling of President Trump, let it be broken, let it be torn down in the name of Jesus.”
She continued, “I declare that President Trump will overcome every strategy from hell and every strategy from the enemy.
“I secure his calling, I secure his purpose, I secure his family, and we secure victory in the name which is above every name … the name of Jesus Christ.”
At first glance, this would seem like a totally partisan prayer, including a specific prayer for Trump’s reelection. And to pray it in the name of Jesus would suggest that the Lord Himself is taking political sides. Jesus is now a Republican! (And yes, I’ve heard many a prayer that would suggest that Jesus was a Democrat!)
On the other hand, there are certainly times when the Lord does take political sides. He was surely against slavery and segregation in our past history, and I’m convinced He is against abortion in our day.
At the same time, that doesn’t mean God is siding with a political party or a person. As President Lincoln rightly replied when asked if he thought God was on his side, “Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”
This is similar to the biblical account involving Joshua, the successor to Moses, as he was about to lead the children of Israel into the Promised Land. The first target was the city of Jericho, and the Lord had promised to deliver this city into Joshua’s hands.
We read in Joshua 5, “Once, when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing before him, drawn sword in hand.
“Joshua went up to him and asked him, ‘Are you one of us or of our enemies?’
“He replied, ‘No, I am captain of the LORD’S host. Now I have come!’
“Joshua threw himself face down to the ground and, prostrating himself, said to him, ‘What does my lord command his servant?’
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Brown