Trump calls for Good Friday prayers to heal the nation

President's Call for National Day of Prayer for Those Affected by ...

President Trump on Friday asked for people to pray for deliverance from the coronavirus pandemic.
In a White House address given just after noon, during the traditional time it is believed that Jesus hung on the cross during Good Friday, Trump encouraged people to pray that God helps them defeat "the invisible enemy" of the coronavirus.
"Though we will not be able to gather together with one another as we normally would on Easter, we can use this sacred time to focus on prayer, reflection, and growing in our personal relationship with God, so important," Trump said. "I ask all Americans to pray that will heal our nation, to give comfort to those who are grieving, to give strength to the doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers, to restore health to the sick and to renew the hope in every person who is suffering."
Trump thanked the families who have been praying for him, as well as Vice President Mike Pence, before asking Bishop Harry Jackson, an evangelical preacher from Maryland, to lead him in prayer.
"We want this plague to pass over. We want everyone in America to be safe," Jackson said, after reading from the Biblical book of Exodus and comparing the Passover to the coronavirus. In his prayer, Jackson prayed for an end to the pandemic and for a "thriving economy" that will help bring about "the uniting of America." Jackson also asked for national healing, and for God to give Trump and Pence "wisdom" in their leadership.
Trump did not answer questions from reporters regarding a debate over whether or not churches should be exempt from statewide shutdowns.
Trump previously told Fox News that he wanted the country to be open by Easter with "packed" churches. He soon walked back those comments, saying his advisers told him it would not be safe to do so.

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