Vice President Mike Pence discussed the importance of personal faith and prayer during a private gathering ahead of the National Prayer Breakfast on Wednesday evening, revealing the powerful Bible verse he has hung above his mantle: Jeremiah 29:11.
“It reads, ‘For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future,'” Pence told a small audience at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C., before further sharing details about his faith and testimony.
“For me, faith is not about believing in yourself — it’s about believing in the one who leads, the one who guides, the one who is ever faithful, who knows the plans he has for us,” he continued. “Plans to prosper us, not to harm us, plans to give us a hope.”
Pence said he is blessed to have his family amid the challenging times the nation faces, and he said that he plans to remain earnest in his faith, especially in the quiet and personal moments during which he observes it.
The vice-president also shared yet another verse that he frequently used during the 2016 campaign: 2 Chronicles 7:14. It reads, “If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
The scripture reference means so much to Pence, in fact, that he took the oath of office on the page in Ronald Reagan’s Bible that hosts the verse. As Faithwire previously reported, not everyone believes the scripture can or should apply to America today. Regardless of that debate, though, Pence believes its relevance holds true.
“It’s special, because those words from so long ago are still true today,” Pence said before reciting the verse. “One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Read more about Pence’s faith journey here.
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