Virginia pastor explains prayer for Trump after some ‘hurt’ by it

The Northern Virginia pastor who prayed for President Trump on stage after an unscheduled visit Sunday explained why he did so, acknowledging “some within our church…are hurt that I made this decision.”

David Platt, McLean Bible Church pastor, told his congregation, in a statement, that his “aim was in no way to endorse the president, his policies, or his party, but to obey God’s command to pray for our president and other leaders” as mentioned in the Bible.

While the megachurch was not one of the churches that joined Rev. Franklin Graham‘s “Special Day of Prayer” for Trump, Platt acknowledged it from the platform, adding “we don’t want to do that just on this Sunday, we want to do that continually, day in and day out.”

Pastor David Platt, left, prays for President Donald Trump at McLean Bible Church, in Vienna, Va., Sunday June 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Pastor David Platt, left, prays for President Donald Trump at McLean Bible Church, in Vienna, Va., Sunday June 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Platt read the same portion of Scripture, 1 Timothy 2:1-6, that Graham shared which specifically calls believers to pray those “in high positions,” before he prayed for two and a half minutes, for “wisdom” for the president and for leaders across the nation, explaining to his members “it is good, and pleasing in the sight of God, to pray for the president.”

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