Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.

WASHINGTON – With the Mideast in flames, the Obama administration engulfed in a seemingly endless parade of scandals and Congress in perpetual disarray, one lawmaker believes it is time to turn to divine guidance.

As the nation faces serious challenges, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., is asking Americans to join members of Congress in serious prayer next week.

She is inviting everyone to pray with lawmakers in spirit, humbly, on behalf of the nation.

Bachmann told WND:

“In light of al-Qaida-affiliated terrorists advancing toward Baghdad, Russian tanks rolling into Ukraine, Iran looking to deploy forces to ‘assist’ in Iraq, Iran continuing its nuclear weapon program, the Obama administration’s decision to release from Gitmo and potentially return to terrorism five of the Taliban’s top operational and policy leaders, China advancing both territorial claims and an aggressive cyber war against United States, the recent surge of thousands of illegal immigrants entering the United States with little to no resistance from our government, daily debt accumulation, the growing government intrusion in our health-care system and more, I am sending out a bipartisan invitation to all of my congressional colleagues to join together next week in Washington, where we can bow our heads and hearts and bend our knees before the Lord in prayer.

“I believe our nation would do well to humbly turn to the Lord and recognize that He and He alone is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. He is the author and the finisher of our faith.

“I hope my colleagues, along with citizens across the country, will join together next week in prayer, asking the Lord for wisdom, mercy, grace, protection, forgiveness and insight on behalf of our nation.”

Bachmann recently hosted “Washington: A Man of Prayer, 2014” inside the nation’s Capitol.

The event honored Washington as a devout man of prayer and sought to remind America how important religious belief, especially faith in Providence and the guiding hand of God, were to the Founding Fathers, particularly the nation’s first president.

Immediately after he was sworn in April 30, 1789, at Federal Hall in New York City, President Washington, accompanied by Congress, proceeded to St. Paul’s Chapel where, as one of his first official acts, he offered a prayer of dedication to God on America’s behalf.

The U.S. Capitol was actually turned into a church, once a week, for decades by the very man who coined the expression “a wall of separation between church and state.”

President Thomas Jefferson signed a law allowing the Capitol to be used for the weekly church services, which he attended.

Jefferson saw no contradiction. In his letter to the Danbury Baptists in 1802, Jefferson said the “wall of separation” was to protect the church from the state, and, contrary to the modern interpretation, not to protect the state from the church.

His letter described “religion (as) a matter which lies solely between Man and his God.” He believed government should not prevent the free expression of religion, even, apparently, within the very halls of government.

After Jefferson permitted church services in the Capitol, it became the largest church on the East Coast, with as many as 2,000 in attendance from 1800 to 1869.

Services were held in the chamber where the House of Representatives met from 1807 to 1857, now called Statuary Hall.

The first prayer for the Second Continental Congress, Philadelphia, Sept. 7, 1774


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