Tom DeLay’s comeback into public life seems to be predicated on a vague project to pray for our political leaders. Pray for them to do what, exactly? I have no idea. But Glenn Beck’s The Blaze is terribly excited about this amorphous idea that praying for something will do…well, something.
A national network to pray for and with the nation’s elected leaders is emerging in hopes of sparking a national revival, reaching from Capitol Hill to state and local governments.
An initiative of the National Prayer Center, it’s called the Josiah Project, named for King Josiah of Israel who after finding the Book of the Law when rebuilding the temple led the nation to repent and pray.
“He tore his clothes and was convicted before the Lord and he saw the condition of the nation, the culture of Israel was in the toilet. They had pushed God out of the public square. Does all this remind you of something?” Tom DeLay, the former Republican House majority leader who is helping the National Prayer Center head up the effort, told TheBlaze.
Uh, yeah, He tore his clothes. Or something.
Well sure. Because if there’s one thing politicians don’t spend nearly enough time doing, it’s pandering to people who think prayer is an actual public policy.
The Josiah Project will not be involved in lobbying, DeLay said, but rather prayer intercessors approaching members of Congress and state legislatures offering to pray with them and for them. It will seek citizens to reach out in groups to their elected representatives. Chapters will be organized by congressional districts, he said.
National Prayer Center Founder and Executive Direct Ken Wilde is a pastor and formerly the chaplain for the Idaho state Senate. He began bringing a group of parishioners to Washington in 1995 to pray for their member of Congress, Rep. Helen Chenoweth-Hage. The idea grew as Wilde led the constituents of other members to pray – both Democrats and Republicans, and the National Prayer Center idea was born.
“As a pastor who has spent countless hours praying with and for elected officials, I can tell you the pressures they encounter in their families, health, reputation and even finances are tremendous. Whether Democrat or Republican, Christian or non-Christian, our elected servants not only appreciate our prayers, they covet them,” Wilde said on the website.
Okay, so they’ve been doing this for almost 20 years now and yet our culture is “in the toilet” like Israel was. But if they just do it more, that will change everything because…magic!