David J. Phillip
Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at The Response, a call to prayer for a nation in crisis, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, in Houston.
Texas Governor Rick Perry, expected to make a decision about a potential 2012 presidential run within the next two weeks, gave a speech and prayer at his revival rally in Houston Saturday.
“Indeed the only thing you love more [than America] is the living Christ,” Perry said to the cheers and applause of the gathered thousands.
After mentioning the economic downturn and other signs of national “darkness,” Perry said, “Because we know a loving God, we know that the greatest darkness comes just before the morning.”
With the cadence of a charismatic preacher, Perry read from the Old and New Testaments before delivering a final prayer.
“[God’s] agenda is not a political agenda. His agenda is a salvation agenda,” Perry said.“He’s calling all Americans of all walks of life to seek him, to return to him, to experience his love and his grace and his acceptance.”
Perry then read a passage from the Book of Joel:
Perry then read from Isaiah:
Finally, Perry read from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians:
Then the Texas governor delivered a final prayer:
“Lord you are the source of every good thing. You are our only hope. And we stand before you today in awe of your power and in gratitude for your blessings, in humility for our sins. Father, our heart breaks for America. We see discord at home. We see fear in the marketplace. We see anger in the halls of government. As a nation, we have forgotten who made us, who protects us, who blesses us. And for that we cry out for your forgiveness. We pray for our nation’s leaders Lord. For parents, for pastors, for the generals, for governors; that you would inspire them in these difficult times. Father we pray for our president that you would impart your wisdom upon him; that you would guard his family. We pray for our military and the families who love them. Oh father, especially for those special operators who lost their lives yesterday in defending our freedoms. You call us to repent, Lord, and this day is our response. We give it all to you for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen and Amen. Amen.”