I think many of you know now I just returned from Washington and I really, really give God all the praise and all the honor, and I want you to hear from me from my heart. This has [been] for me (and I’m just talking from my personal level) little to do with government and more to do with the assignment of God upon my life.
15 years ago I received a call from now-President Trump and he was watching three sermons on Value of Vision. He was watching Christian television, and he said, “Are you ever up in New York?” And I said, “Well, I am sometimes.” I said I was doing the Yankee’s bible study. (Now that was when they were winning. They are going to win again! They got to bring me back up to do the bible study. Amen.) I was doing their bible study so I went up and I was asked to pray, and asked to pray over I think maybe the first Apprentice and a few different things, and a relationship began to build like I have with many people on the earth, many people all over the world.
Sometimes I believe that your footsteps are ordered by God. I believe that. I believe that God orders your footsteps, and so I often ask the Lord, when I encounter different people in my life, “What’s my assignment?” That’s just because thy kingdom come thy will be done. What’s your plan? And the Lord spoke to me.
Now I’m not minimizing in any what [happened prior to our meeting]- because he was confirmed as a Presbyterian and grew up in church in his faith, and when I say what God spoke to me is from my perspective. Because if I said to you, “God spoke to me”, I don’t want to take away your testimony versus what God speaks to me as your pastor.
So, the Lord spoke to me and said, “Show them who I am” which just literally meant that I had an assignment to pray, and stay in the word, and just for me what I call being a Christian before someone all the time. And so over the years, that relationship – not with just this family but also his staff and like many people in my life continue to grow – little did I ever recognize or know that it would turn into where it is today. And I say that I’m very humbled and honored because by the goodness and the grace of God that the Lord allowed me to partake because I see myself as just the girl next door that loves God. I came from very messed-up Mississippi background. But God can take anyone or anything and do great things with Him. And so I see Christ in me that I can do all things through Christ Jesus. And it’s through who Christ is, not through who we are, but who Christ is in us.
So by that yielded life I believe that God can use you for anything and do anything. So when I was 18 years old, the Lord spoke to me and said you’ll see nations shaken. Now, I always thought that’s through the media ministry. We were on 47 different networks. We’re reaching a potential 2 billion people and everything. And there are things I said I’ll never be a part of. Never say “never” to God.
I have been a part of just gathering great men and women of God and just praying. Our assignment has truly been to be Christians to pray because we’re instructed in that and to stand in that lane. So it was a great honor, and I can’t not address it. To be the first female clergy [to pray at the Presidential Inauguration].
If there is a little girl or young woman who looks up and says, “I cannot just pray for the president, I can be a pastor. I can be the president. I can be anything through Christ Jesus.” All that you go through to do every assignment God gives you, it’s all worth it. But the greater thing than that, much greater than breaking that ceiling, much greater for me – they say it was the most clergy and the most prayer that had ever happened at any inauguration that was prayed in the name of Jesus Christ.
I know if we lift up the name of Jesus, he will draw all men unto Him. You see, we can spend 10 hours a day praying, but if you don’t know who you’re praying to, and if you don’t know how to pray, and if you don’t pray in the name of Jesus…
It’s only because of who Jesus Christ is and so I was real excited about that. I’m grateful, and I’m honored, and I thank you. New Destiny, I thank you. I don’t talk about it much from the pulpit, but I do talk about who Jesus is. And for me, it’s about an assignment and you already know my belief. My belief is this nation, as American citizens, is our assignment and responsibility to see God in our nation. First in Jerusalem and to the outermost parts of the world. And so we know that what we were found at home are the values of the word of God, and as such, we must hold up the standard of Jesus Christ. I am not ashamed of the Gospel and the power thereof. Amen. So thank you for your love and your prayers because it means the world.