Republican Presidential Candidates Publicly Urge Supporters to Pray With and For Them

A crash involving Ben Carson staffers, in which one was gravely injured, and his subsequent call for prayer, demonstrated how prayer is becoming a more prominent aspect of the presidential campaigns. (Reuters photo)
A crash involving Ben Carson staffers, in which one was gravely injured, and his subsequent call for prayer, demonstrated how prayer is becoming a more prominent aspect of the presidential campaigns. (Reuters photo)

Invoking prayer in politics is nothing new in America. It’s been an integral part of the process for Christians since long before George Washington went on bended knee on the banks of the Potomac.

But, in recent history, it’s been a lot more difficult to find, usually reserved for events where the audience is predominantly Christian. And it is frequently met with backlash from atheists and groups who are outwardly hostile toward people of faith.

One sign that the mindset about prayer, at least among the current crop of presidential candidates, is changing is the fact that, in the span of an hour Tuesday afternoon, three of them urged their supporters to pray with them. The first to call for prayer was Dr. Ben Carson:

“Earlier today in Iowa, a van transporting three campaign volunteers and one of our campaign employees hit a patch of ice and flipped on its side where it was struck by another vehicle. Three of the passengers, including the campaign staffer driving, are currently being checked out in Atlantic, Iowa. One volunteer is being transported to Omaha, Nebraska to receive additional treatment.

“I have spoken with the family of the volunteer being transported to Omaha, as well as the attending physician. I have also cancelled all remaining campaign events today and will be traveling to Omaha this afternoon to be with the family during this difficult time.

“I am asking for you to join me in prayer for all the individuals and families involved.”

According to published reports, the volunteer transported to Omaha is in “grave” condition. Carson’s call to prayer was quickly followed by a repeated by one of his opponents for the GOP nomination, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz:

“Heidi and I are lifting up in prayer the Dr. Ben Carson staffers injured in a car accident in Iowa.

“‘By His stripes, we are healed.’ Isaiah 53:5.”

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SOURCE: Charisma News
Bob Eschliman