Joel Osteen Prays Lawmakers 'Hold Fast' to God's Truth

Joel Osteen
Joel Osteen

Pastor Joel Osteen opened the U.S. House of Representatives in prayer this week, asking God to help lawmakers make good decisions and to “hold fast” to His truth.

In his prayer before the House on Tuesday, Osteen asked God to help the representatives be mindful of Him in their work.

“Help these lawmakers to search their hearts so that they may serve with dignity and honor and that through them our nation will achieve the destiny that you have set before us,” he prayed.

“Give them wisdom as they make good decisions, courage that they would hold fast to your truth, and compassion that all should prosper from their laws,” he said.

Later, Osteen told ABC News he was humbled and excited to pray on Capitol Hill.

“It was great,” he said. “It’s very honoring to come to the country that you love and to stand in such a historic place and be able to pray and offer a prayer of blessing,” he said.

He also said that members of Congress should be more willing to compromise and work together.

“I think God blesses unity. Sometimes we have to realize if we can’t get 100 percent of what we want, [maybe] we can get 80 percent,” he said.

“It seems like when I was growing up, there was more compromise, wanting to work with each other,” he said. “And I think all of them, all of the lawmakers, have hearts to do what’s right and they all are passionate about it.”

Osteen, pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, served as guest chaplain of the House at the invitation of Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Texas Democrat. Osteen will serve as Guest Chaplain of the Senate on Thursday.

To contact us or to submit an article, click here.

Get Charisma's best content delivered right to your inbox! Never miss a big news story again. Click here to subscribe to the Charisma News newsletter.

Five ways to deepen your relationship with God, increase your faith and save money!

  • Deepen Your Relationship with God with a FREE eCourse: Click Here to view all of our free e-Courses. Favorite topics include Fear, Forgiveness, Holy Spirit, Supernatural, and How to Hear God.
  • Super Discounts and Close-Out Specials: Click Here to view all our bundles and close-out specials and save up to 86%! Prayer, Holy Spirit, Anointing, the Supernatural and more.
  • God Wants to Anoint Women Now: Rise up and enter the anointing of Deborah, Anna, Esther, Ruth and Hannah. You were called to go higher. Click Here to learn more.
  • Change Your Atmosphere and Circumstances Through Prayer! John Eckhardt's prayer bundle gives you six powerful books to help you pray and change any situation. Click Here.
  • HUGE Bible Sale!: Click Here to save up to 50% off a great selection of Bibles. Plus, get a free gift with each order!

Subscription Special: Subscribe to Charisma for Only $24.97 and get a free gift. With your subscription, you'll receive Born For Significance by best-selling author Bill Johnson. View Offer

Attention Pastors and Leaders: Leadership training and development are crucial for success. Enroll in a FREE 1-hour leadership mini-course by Dr. Mark Rutland. View Details

Charisma News - Informing believers with news from a Spirit-filled perspective