At a prayer rally at the U.S. Capital on Wednesday, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., told fellow lawmakers that America has “seen God’s judgment” through the terrorist attack that killed 3,000 people in 2001 and the siege on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that occurred last year.
Bachmann said it’s no secret that our nation is “experiencing the hand of judgment” and that America may be in a time of decline. The solution, she said, is “humbling ourselves before an almighty God.”
“Our nation has seen judgment not once but twice on September 11,” Bachmann said Wednesday. “That’s why we’re going to have ‘9/11 Pray’ on that day. Is there anything better that we can do on that day rather than to humble ourselves and to pray to an almighty God?”
The event, which honored the first inauguration of George Washington and his devotion to prayer, included appearances by Bachmann, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-Calif., Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C., Rep. James Lankford, R-Okla., and Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas.
Those present at the ceremony, titled “Washington: A Man of Prayer,” prayed that God would bless America so America can be a blessing to the rest of the world. The event also featured history lessons about Washington from guest speakers, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Christian author Eric Metaxas.
Metaxas warned participants that nearly 225 years after Washington’s inaugural prayer, religious liberties are under attack.
“If we lose religious freedom, if a secular orthodoxy rises and begins to force people to keep their faith in the shadows [and says] ‘just in that building on Sunday morning, but once you come out you have to bow to the secular orthodoxy’ — once that happens, you understand that we can no longer be America,” Metaxas said Wednesday.
The event marked the first time in 100 years a private Christian organization, Come Pray With Me, was granted permission by Speaker of the House John Boehner to conduct a prayer event for members of Congress in The Great Hall. The event was congressionally sponsored by Gohmert, and was recorded by the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN).
Bachmann: It’s no secret that our nation may very well be experiencing the hand of judgment. It’s no secret that we all are concerned that our nation may be in a time of decline. If that is in fact so, what is the answer? The answer is what we are doing here today: humbling ourselves before an almighty God, crying out to an almighty God, saying not of ourselves but you, would you save us oh God? We repent of our sins, we turn away from them, we seek you, we seek your ways. That’s something that we’re doing today, that we did on the National Day of Prayer, it’s something that we have chosen to do as well on another landmark day later this year on September 11. Our nation has seen judgment not once but twice on September 11. That’s why we’re going to have ‘9/11 Pray’ on that day. Is there anything better that we can do on that day rather than to humble ourselves and to pray to an almighty God?