August 2, 2019 | From Christian Post
Editorial Note: This article is from 2018, however, the President is still seeking prayer during meetings, and for that, we can be thankful!]
…In an interview with CBN News shortly after Trump held a celebration for the National Day of Prayer in the Rose Garden [in 2018], Pence said the president has encouraged praying in the White House by personally promoting the practice himself.
“There’s prayer going on on a regular basis in this White House. And it’s one of the most meaningful things to me, whether it’s public meetings or not, I’ve lost count of the number of times that the president has nudged me, or nudged another member of the Cabinet and said, ‘Let’s start this meeting with prayer,'” Pence said.
Trump, as part of his celebration of the National Day of Prayer signed an executive order that repeals Obama administration rules that limited the ability of groups getting federal funds to preach to those they serve. The order also reinstituted the White House office on faith issues, calling it the White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative — dropping the words “community” and “neighborhood,” which President Barack Obama had added. The office was first added under President George W. Bush.
Pence told CBN that the executive order was signed to make sure all levels of the federal government are partnering with faith-based groups on various federal programs.
“This is really about making sure that as we develop policies for the country, that we are always making room for those inalienable rights, the free exercise of religion that Americans cherish,” he explained.
In his remarks Thursday, President Trump said: “The faith initiative will help design new policies that recognize the vital role of faith in our families, in our communities, and our great country.”
He further noted that: “This office will also help ensure that faith-based organizations will have equal access to government funding and the equal right to exercise their deeply held beliefs. We take this step because we know that in solving the many, many problems and our great challenges, faith is more powerful than government. And nothing is more powerful than God.” . . .
(Excerpted from Christian Post, article by Leonardo Blair.)