Florida megachurch pastor and prosperity preacher Paula White prayed for Republican 2016 presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, saying that "any tongue that rises against him will be condemned according to the word of God," and for "a greater encounter" with God.
"Father, we just secure him right now by the blood of Jesus. We thank you that no weapon formed against him will be able to prosper and any tongue that rises against him will be condemned according to the word of God," prayed White, a Florida evangelical preacher with a daily television show on The Word Network.
White was among several other selected Christian leaders and ministry professionals, who prayed for Trump, laying their hands on him, as shown in a video recently posted on YouTube.
"Even as we lay hands on him right now, let Your hand be laid upon him. Let him have a greater encounter with You, a greater encounter with the spirit of God," White went on to say in her prayer.
She referred to Ephesians 1:17,18, which reads, "I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people."
White, the senior pastor of New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Florida, a multi-cultural ministry founded in 1996 by late pastor Zachery Tims, prayed that Trump's eyes would be opened "to see the glory and the goodness of God," and added, "All the days of his life, let him live well. I secure him, I secure his children, I secure his calling and his mantle."
White was joined by Pastor David Jeremiah, pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church, a megachurch in El Cajon, California; Southern Baptist megachurch Pastor Robert Jeffress, of First Baptist Dallas; TV personalities Jentezen Franklin, Steve Munsey and Clarence McClendon; and others in praying for Trump.
Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, recently told Politico that Trump's Evangelical outreach is "mostly" to "prosperity gospel types, which are considered by mainstream evangelicals to be heretics."
White, who views popular megachurch pastor T.D. Jakes as a spiritual father, is commonly viewed as a prosperity preacher. Prosperity preachers are known to teach that God's material blessings can be won by Christians who give financially, usually to these preachers' own ministries or by acting on their specific teachings.
In a recent media interview, Trump wasn't able to name his favorite Bible verse.
"I wouldn't want to get into it. Because to me, that's very personal," the billionaire businessman said on on Bloomberg's "With All Due Respect," when asked to share his favorite Bible verse. "The Bible means a lot to me, but I don't want to get into specifics," he said.
Trump was then asked which does he prefer the New Testament or the Old Testament. "Probably equal. I think it's just incredible," he responded.
Trump has been talking about faith and the Bible on his campaign trail.
He recently looked at the crowd gathered for his rally at a college football stadium in Mobile, Alabama, saying he now knows how evangelist Billy Graham felt.
"I know how Billy Graham felt," Trump said, apparently jokingly, as he began his speech.
Trump also said, "What's my favorite book? The Bible! The Bible.... We take the Bible all the way."
At the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa in July, Trump was asked about his faith.
"People are so shocked when they find out I am Protestant. I am Presbyterian. And I go to church and I love God and I love my church," he said.
Asked whether he has ever asked God to forgive him, Trump responded, "I am not sure I have. I just go on and try to do a better job from there. I don't think so. I think if I do something wrong, I think, I just try and make it right. I don't bring God into that picture. I don't."
He further explained, "When I drink my little wine – which is about the only wine I drink –and have my little cracker, I guess that is a form of asking for forgiveness, and I do that as often as possible because I feel cleansed. I think in terms of 'let's go on and let's make it right.'"
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