During a recent Kenneth Copeland Ministries pastoral conference in Texas, the father of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), pastor Rafael Cruz, spoke about "Reclaiming America."
Prior to having Cruz take the stage, Copeland offered his thoughts on the pastor's son, who is campaigning for the Republican Party presidential nomination:
"I believe with all my heart that his son is called and anointed to be the next president of the United States."
After Cruz' teaching, Copeland returned to the stage to ask the pastor about the decision-making process that led to his son running for the nation's highest office. In his response, Cruz offered he, too, felt a special anointing for his son.
"My son, Ted, spent six months in prayer. Six months seeking the Lord," Cruz said. "Because this was a decision that had to come from the Lord. It had to be a direction from the Lord. And at the end of those six months, the whole family, we were at Ted's church in Houston."
He said that after the church service, the family gathered in the pastor's office. There, they spent two hours "on their knees" in prayer before the senator's wife said something that triggered the final decision.
"I remember the final word came from Ted's wife, from Heidi, and the word from the Lord was, 'Seek My face, not My hand,'" Cruz said. "And I'll tell you, as that word came—'Seek My face, not My hand'—it was as if a cloud of the Holy Spirit descended on that room. And all of a sudden we were all worshiping.
"And the words that came out from Ted's mouth were, 'Here am I, Lord, use me. Let Your will be done.' It was total brokenness, and I'll tell you, I believe that God has raised him up for such a time as this."
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