Entries in Prayer (3)


Obama Asks for Prayer on Budget Deal

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(BANGKOK, Thailand) -- Taking a break from deficit negotiations for a whirlwind tour of Southeast Asia, President Obama joked Sunday afternoon as he toured a sacred Buddhist temple that he could use some prayer to help reach a budget deal.

“We’re working on this budget, we’re going to need a lot of prayer for that,” the president told a monk at the Wat Pho Royal Monastery.

The president later explained the quip at a joint press conference with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. “I always believe in prayer,” he said. “If a Buddhist monk is wishing me well, I’m going to take whatever good vibes he can give me to try to deal with some challenges back home.”

Shortly after arriving in Bangkok, Obama, accompanied by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, toured the Viharn of the Reclining Buddha, one of the most famous sites in Thailand, and the Eastern Viharn Phra.

Obama and Clinton talked softly with the robed monk as they walked, shoe-less, through the holy temple.

Continuing their private tour through an ornate courtyard known as the Phra Maha Chedi Group Clinton remarked “what a peaceful place” it was.

“If you have 80,000 people here it’s not so peaceful,” the president noted. “This is kind of a treat.”

The president also met and exchanged gifts with ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The president greeted the 84-year-old king at the Siriraj hospital, where he has lived since 2009.

“It’s a great honor to meet with you,” Obama said. “Thank you so much for taking the time to do this. We send greetings from all the people of the United States who are so grateful for the friendship of our two countries and are great admirers of yours – your wisdom and your leadership.”

The king gave Obama several gifts including one for the First Lady. “Oh, thank you, Michelle, my wife [will] appreciate it,” Obama said.

“She’ll look very good in that color, Mr. President,” Clinton remarked.

In return, the president gave the king a photo album with pictures of all the U.S. presidents and first ladies he has met, starting with Dwight Eisenhower and continuing through George W Bush.

“We left the last page blank,” Obama said, so they could add a photo of themselves.

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Perry Leads SC Prayer Rally Days Before Primary

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(GREENVILLE, S.C.) -- Standing before a crowd of nearly a thousand people on Tuesday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry publicly offered up a prayer for the nation four days before the South Carolina primary, just as he did five months ago at a similar prayer rally in Houston, as he decided whether he’d enter the presidential race.

Perry read scripture and led prayer at a spin-off of the Response, the original event Perry helped organize at Reliant Stadium in August that drew more than 30,000 people.  In a similar speech to the one he gave in August, the Texas governor spoke of a “personal God,” one who is unaffiliated with politics or parties.

“His agenda’s not a political agenda.  He’s smarter than that.  He’s smart enough, wise enough not to get involved with any political affiliation or any institution that man has made,” Perry said.  “He understands the imperfections of those.  But he’s calling all of us, Americans of all walks of life, to be here tonight to pray for this country.  For us to seek him, to experience his love and his grace, his acceptance, experience a fulfilled life regardless of the circumstances that we may find ourselves in tonight.”

Perry offered a prayer for President Obama and his family, along with a prayer that Americans will allow God to become the central figure in their lives.

“Father give us hope, give us hope in this country that through you that this country can prosper, that it can, it can be healed.  Father we pray for our president.  We pray for his family.  We pray for the safety of his family.  We pray that you light his way.  We pray that you give him wisdom as he deals with the issues that he faces.  We pray for the people of this country that, Father, they would get down on their knees and seek your redemption.  That you lord will again become central in this country, in the decision makers, in everyone’s life, Father, that we understand that without you we are nothing,” he said.

Perry, a self-described “man of faith,” has often taken to church pulpits on the campaign trail to preach the importance of returning faith to the public sphere.  Citing passages from the Book of Joel and Second Chronicles, Perry discussed the impact God has upon him during times of trouble.

“Lord this, this walk that we’re taking, the trials the tribulations, we, we would fall if you weren’t there to hold us up, and we need you daily.  We need you hourly.  We need you by the minute and the second of our lives to, to, to completely and absolutely surrender, surrender to you, surrender to your will,” he said.

After hugging members of the band and faith leaders, Perry wiped a tear from his eye as he stepped off stage while the band sang, “What can wash away my sin, nothing but the blood of Jesus.”

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Divine Intervention: Senate Chaplain Prays for Super Committee

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- With the so-called "super committee" in a deadlock just six days before their deadline, the Senate chaplain tried to summon the 12 members some extra help Thursday morning.

“In a special way, guide the super committee in its challenging work,” Senate Chaplain Barry Black prayed Thursday morning to open the day on the Senate floor. “Eternal God, let your peace that passes understanding be felt on Capitol Hill.”

The Senate chaplain alludes regularly to the heated politics of the moment in Congress in his daily prayer on the Senate floor, but rarely mentions specifics, nor by name as such when he named the super committee directly Thursday morning.

During the height of the debt ceiling debate this summer Chaplain Black intimated that he was calling on a higher power to help guide the debt debates toward conclusion, but was not as specific in mentioning the fierce talks out right.

“As we begin this week we are aware that Americans are watching on television the daily business of this chamber,” Black said on the Senate floor in July during the debt debate. “Grant our Senators wisdom to solve the complex issues of our time. Lord, inspire them to see the wisdom of cooperation. Strengthen their minds and bodies to endure long hours of labor and to build alliances across the aisle that will lead us and our nation to a better tomorrow.”

According to published reports, it could take a miracle: with the deadline looming, the reaction from Washington insiders regarding the panel's progress has been mixed.

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