“In America we celebrate faith. We cherish religion,” the president said. “We lift our voices in prayer and we raise our sights to the glory of God.”
United States President Donald Trump has declared Sunday, March 15, a National Day of Prayer, shortly after declaring a state of emergency amid the fast-spreading coronavirus pandemic.
“We are a Country that, throughout our history, has looked to God for protection and strength in times like these….,” Trump tweeted. “No matter where you may be, I encourage you to turn towards prayer in an act of faith. Together, we will easily PREVAIL!”
….No matter where you may be, I encourage you to turn towards prayer in an act of faith. Together, we will easily PREVAIL!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2020
“In our times of greatest need, Americans have always turned to prayer to help guide us through trials and periods of uncertainty”. The President said, according to a White House report.
“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. 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.”
“As your President, I ask you to pray for the health and well-being of your fellow Americans and to remember that no problem is too big for God to handle. We should all take to heart the holy words found in 1 Peter 5:7: “Casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you.” Let us pray that all those affected by the virus will feel the presence of our Lord’s protection and love during this time. With God’s help, we will overcome this threat,” he added.
The annual National Day of Prayer is originally scheduled for May 7.
Trump’s announcement came Friday, after he declared a national emergency over the coronavirus pandemic, in addition to partnerships with several large companies to expand testing for the illness.
“In America we celebrate faith. We cherish religion,” the president said during his State of the Union address last month. “We lift our voices in prayer and we raise our sights to the glory of God.”
Trump has large support from white evangelical Christians and Catholic voters. As president, he’s championed religious liberty and called for greater religious freedoms, such as strengthening prayer in public schools, according to Fox News.
In addition to the updated guidance on prayer in schools, the Trump administration also took action across nine federal agencies, releasing proposed rules to ensure religious organizations are not discriminated against by the federal government.