Police officer’s request for prayer surprises Texas pastor during traffic stop

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LUBBOCK, Texas – When a Texas pastor saw the flashing lights of a police car last week, he expected a ticket or maybe a warning from the officer.

He didn’t expect what happened next.

An officer stopped Pastor Wendell Davis of Lyons Baptist Church on Friday because he had an expired registration sticker. His car was also lacking a front license plate, reports KCBD.

He didn’t get a ticket. Instead, the officer had something else in mind.

“(The officer) then said, ‘I am going to give you two warnings and I would like to make two requests.’ I said ‘OK, what are your requests?'” Davis recalled.

The officer asked him to make changes to his car so it wouldn’t be in violation. Davis promised that he would.

But it was the second request that caught the pastor by surprise.

“He said, ‘My second request is will you pray with me?’ And I said, ‘Absolutely, I will.'”

Dashcam video shows the two joining hands and praying on the side of the road.

“I know the climate within America,” Davis told KCBD. “But that didn’t cloud my mind, that didn’t come to mind.”

Even then, the officer wasn’t quite finished. Even though it was hot outside, he asked the pastor for a hug.

“Well I had never been asked that by a state trooper and so I said, ‘sure’ and I hugged him,” Davis said.

The pastor called it a “divine moment” that change his life and the officer’s forever.

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