Donald Trump became the first ever serving US President to visit and pray at the Western Wall during his visit to Jerusalem on Monday.
In a historic moment, the President placed a note inside a crack between the weathered, massive 2000-year-old ashlars of the Wall in the Old City. His son-in-law Jared Kushner and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also touched the wall and prayed, whilst Trump’s wife Melania visited the women’s section with the president’s daughter, Ivanka.
It isn’t known exactly what President Trump scripted, however he gave some indication of what he prayed for. At Tuesday’s keynote speech at the Israel Museum, the President reflected on his visit to the Western Wall:
“Yesterday, I visited the Western Wall, and marveled at the monument to God’s presence and man’s perseverance – I was humbled to place my hand upon the wall and to pray in that holy space for wisdom from God.”
As President of the United States, Donald Trump certainly prayed for a good thing. The Bible says in Proverbs that wisdom is something we should “get” and not “forget” and that in desiring wisdom we will be blessed.
Proverbs 4:5-6 states,
“Get wisdom! Get understanding!
Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you;
Love her, and she will keep you.
Wisdom is the principal thing;
Therefore get wisdom.
And in all your getting, get understanding.
Exalt her, and she will promote you;
She will bring you honor, when you embrace her.
She will place on your head an ornament of grace;
A crown of glory she will deliver to you.”
As we pray for Donald Trump and all those that lead and are in authority, we too would do well to pray that world leaders will desire wisdom from God especially in these incredibly important and challenging days in which we are living in.