When the U.S. House of Representatives opened its meeting on Nov. 8, 2019, the clerk read a statement from Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) that she was appointing Rep. Jamie Raskin (D.-Md.) to sit in that day as speaker pro tempore.
Raskin then introduced guest chaplain, Pastor Deamon Scapin, to say the opening prayer.
“God of Heaven, let truth reign,” Scapin said near the beginning of his prayer.
“Bind the lying spirit of Satan and remove corruption, falsehood, and bias,” he ultimately said.
Here is a transcript of the opening moments of the House session on Nov. 8, 2019, including the opening prayer:
Rep. Jamie Raskin: “The House will be in order. The chair lays before the House a communication from the speaker.”
Reading Clerk Susan Cole: “The speaker’s rooms, Washington, D.C., November 8, 2019. I hereby appoint the honorable Jamie Raskin to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. Signed: Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House of Representatives.”
Raskin: “The prayer will be offered by our guest chaplain, Pastor Deamon Scapin of the Triumph Church in Washington, D.C.”
Pastor Deamon Scapin: “Let us pray. Father of all nations, release Your power to heal our Nation. We know that You see everything, even secret and hidden things. God of Heaven, let truth reign. Let what is done in secret be shouted from the housetops. Bring justice and righteousness to this House. Forgive us when pride, selfishness, and greed have been the motivators for evil behavior. We seek Your face today, believing that You will heal our fractured system and expose all dishonesty.
"Bind the lying spirit of Satan and remove corruption, falsehood, and bias. Let discernment rule and wisdom permeate our decision makers. Reveal what needs to be revealed and cover what needs to be covered. May a spirit of unity and harmony come over both Chambers of Congress. Silence the voices of contention and division, amplify voices of healing and progress for Your glory and the good of this land.
“In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.”