Pastor Andrew Brunson, freed from Turkey following two years of imprisonment, prayed with President Trump during their Saturday Oval Office meeting.
“We pray for you often, as a family,” Brunson told the president as he asked if he and his wife, Norine, could pray with him. “My wife and I pray for you.”
Lord God, I ask that you pour out your holy spirit on President Trump, that you give him supernatural wisdom to accomplish all of the plans that we have for this country and for him, and I ask that you give him wisdom and now to lead this country into righteousness. I ask that you give him perseverance and endurance and courage to stand for truth. I ask that you protect him: from slander, from enemies, from those who would undermine. I ask that you make him a great blessing to this country. Fill him with your wisdom and strength and perseverance. And we bless him. May he be a great blessing to our country, in Jesus’ name, we bless you. Amen.
“I want to pray that the spirit of the lord would rest on the president, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, spirit of knowledge of the lord, amen,” Norine Brunson prayed.
After thanking them, President Trump jokingly asked who they voted for.
“I would like to say that I sent in an absentee ballot from prison,” Brunson quipped as the crowd laughed.
Brunson, a Christian missionary to Turkey originally from North Carolina, was arrested in October 2016 and accused of aiding terrorists through the church he operated with his wife. Convicted and sentenced to three years in prison, Brunson was released for time served and allowed to leave Turkey, returning home on Friday.
During their White House meeting, Brunson thanked Trump and his administration for their role in securing their release.
“This is a time to thank the administration and people in government who supported us,” Brunson told reporters Saturday. “We love this country. Last night we arrived in Germany on a plane that President Trump sent to take us from Turkey. And the Ambassador to Germany met us there at 1:30 in the morning, I couldn’t believe it. And he had an American flag to give us that had flown over the embassy in Berlin. And I took it and I very naturally just, I kissed it.”