Members of Congress Gather to Pray Weekly
Last Monday evening, September 22, 2008, I was invited to speak to the Congressional Prayer Caucus by long time Man in the Mirror friend and supporter, Congressman Randy Neugebauer of Texas.
Started in 2005, each week Congress is in session, Congressmen and Congresswomen who love Christ and our country gather in Room 219 at the Capitol—just off the floor of the House of Representatives.
On the day I joined them, about sixteen Congressmen and Congresswomen trickled in from making a vote on the House floor. Apparently, it is almost unheard of for so many members of Congress to gather in a single meeting—four or five is usually considered a “large” meeting.
After catching up on each other’s lives, several spent about ten minutes in heartfelt prayers for a 2 Chronicles 7:14-type repentance, for revival, for our nation to turn back to God, and for each other. I was moved by their humility, sincerity, and profound concern for America as they called out in the name of Jesus Christ. Boldly evangelical, these mostly Republican (for now) brothers and sisters are down to earth, “regular” men and women.
After the Room 219 prayer meeting, we reassembled in the bowels of the Capitol for their monthly Marshall Society dinner (for Peter Marshall). I was privileged to speak about the urgent necessity of reaching men and a robust discussion followed (more to follow).
They want you to know they are there, and to pray for them as they seek wisdom to govern. It was easy to see that they all really want to do what’s right. You can learn more at www.prayercaucus.org.
Yours for changed lives,
Patrick Morley, Ph.D.