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Feb 02, 2017 by Will Maule

Chaplain Black At Prayer Breakfast: "We Ought To Pray That God's Hand Would Be On Our President!"

Barry Black has been the Senate Chaplain since 2003. He served for over 27 years as a chaplain in the United States Navy, rising to the rank of rear admiral and ending his career as the chief of chaplains of the United States Navy, and chief of the United States Navy Chaplain Corps. 

This morning, Chaplain Black gave the main address the President Trump and other distinguished guests. And it was phenomenal! "When I see a group of people of faith this size I get an adrenaline rush!" Black said. "I know that where two of three are gathered together in God's name, He is there in the midst. I feel the palpable presence of God in this place."

Black addressed the need for prayer at this time in our nation's history. "Far more important than letting our voices be heard on Earth is the opportunity to make our voices heard in heaven," he said.

"More things are wrought by prayer, than this world dreams of. I also believe that when we pray, humanity cooperates with divinity. My friends, there are things we will never get, except by request only. There are blessings that hang on silken cords, that we will never receive except by request only."

James 4:2 says "You have not because you ask not."

Black asked those in attendance that they might have faith the size of a mustard seed, so that they might be able to move mountains. "My friends, when we make our voices heard in heaven, it makes a palpable difference."

So how do we do it?

"Mr. President, you may be familiar with this scripture because it was read at your inauguration. But it is so spot on."

"1 Timothy Chapter 2 1-4. I urge you, said the tent maker from tarsus to his protege, first of all to pray for all people."

"We need to pray for all people. Everyone! Hallelujah to the Lamb of God," proclaimed Black. "We must pray from a sense of need," Black urges. "My friends, God wants us to pray when we need him!" 

"We ought to pray that God's hand would be on our President!" 

Barry says he was talking to VP Mike Pence about this very thing. "I was talking to the Vice President backstage, and I said I'm praying that the hand of God will be on you," he said.

Ezekiel 37 says the hand of the Lord was upon me. "We need people who govern who have the hand of God one them!" declares Black.

Black also encourages those in attendance to pray with intimacy. He cited the passage when Jesus says "I no longer call you servants, I call you friends."

"God wants an intimacy with us!"

"Finally, pray for those who govern," proclaims Black. "We fasted and prayed for months during the Presidential election. Hundreds of us on Capitol hill, that the will of God may be done."  

"Newsflash: God is smarter than we are!"

"We must pray for those who govern, and make our voices heard in heaven."

Black concludes by exalting the Son of God, and explains how the gospel of Jesus Christ is the most valuable thing one could ever possess. "One day I memorized 1 Peter 1:18-19. I was only 10 years of age. It says we are not redeemed with corruptible things such as silver and gold but with the precious blood of Jesus Christ."

"And even at 10, I had sufficient analytical skills to know that the value of an object is based upon the price someone is willing to pay. And when it dawned on me, little guy in the inner city, that God sent his only begotten son to die for me, no one was ever able to make me feel inferior again."

"I thought I've got to get to know this man who died for me!" Black exclaimed. "As I searched the scriptures, I kept finding him. In Genesis he's Shalom, in Exodus he's the I AM, in Numbers he's the star, in Deutoronomy he's the rock, in 1 Samuel he's the Lord of Hosts, in Job he is the redeemer. In Psalms he is the great shepherd, in Proverbs he is the beloved. I kept running into that man!"

Black continues to describe Jesus in a powerful manner. "In Isaiah he is wonderful, counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. In Daniel, he's the fourth man in the firey furnace. In Micah he is the one who is going forth of old is from everlasting to everlasting. In Zachariah, he is the branch. In Malachi, he is the messenger of the covenant. 

"Matthew calls him savior, Mark calls him Son of Man. Luke calls him the great physician. John calls him the word made flesh. Acts says he is the one who wil mobilize us to witness, Phillipians says God has exalted him so that at his name every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that he is Lord to the glory of God the Father."

"1 Thessalonians says he is the one who will descend from heaven with a shout. With the voice of the archangel and the trump of God. And Jude says he's able to keep me without stumbling or slipping."

"And John said, I was in the spirit on the Lord's day on that Isle of Patmos in the Aegean sea. I saw him high and lifted up! He is Alpha, He is omega, He is beginning, He is ending."

"And so because I kept meeting that man, my hope does not rest in the various branches of government. Executive, legislative or judicial, my hope does not rest in the alliances that we build. My testimony is simply this: I wholly lean on Jesus' name. On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand. God bless you!"

When President Trump took the podium, he thanked Barry for his "moving words." He continued "I don't know Chaplain whether or not that's an appointed position. I don't even know if you're a democrat or republican, but I'm appointing you for another year!" at which point the audience broke into rapturous applause. 

"Your job is very, very secure, OK?" the President said. 

"Most importantly today, I want to thank the American people. Your faith and prayers have sustained me and inspired me through some very, very tough times," Trump said. 

"All around America who's words of worship and encouragement have been a constant source of strength. What I  hear most often as I travel the country are 5 words that never fail to touch my heard. That's "I am praying for you." 

Watch Chaplain Barry C. Black's phenomenal preach below. 



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