During the speech, which fell on the National Day of Prayer, Trump highlighted Jon Ponder, a member of the audience who turned his life around while in prison for bank robbery.
Across the nation today, thousands of Americans are taking place in a celebration of prayer and patriotism through the National Day of Prayer.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday that established a new faith-based initiative under the executive office of the president.
Music teacher Melinda Smith directs the Temple Christian Elementary School Choir in the Pledge of Allegiance during the National Day of Prayer event held at the UNOH Event Center on Thursday. For 2018, the theme was "Pray for America-Unity".
On this 67 annual National Day of Prayer, communities across the nation are gathering together, men and women of all faiths, in recognition and awe of a Higher Power. If our history has anything to teach us, it's that America is better when we pray together. In 35 years, Russian Federation had moved from little more than feudalism to being a nuclear superpower.
Nancy Jones, who attended Thursday morning's National Day of Prayer service, got tears in her eyes talking about what the service meant to her. Please come and join us as we participate in this national prayer meeting. In May 2017, Trump announced an executive order created to help roll back the birth control benefit in the Affordable Care Act and lifted restrictions on churches and other religious institutions that forbade them from making political endorsements from the pulpit while maintaining their tax-exempt status. God will do things in the supernatural that we can't do, so our prayers will reach there. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. The one-hour service is led by laypersons from local churches. We turn away from our disrespect and lack of dignity toward each other, and we turn away from our continual devaluation of all human life from the womb until death in this world. The Bush initiative became famous for creating a modest but symbolically important grants-and-contracts-based patronage operation, with conservative African-American churches notably benefiting. We witnessed the work of God time and time again through these meaningful acts of love and humanity.