Barry Black, Suzan Johnson Cook, James Lankford and More Leaders Pray for the ‘Troubled Nation’ of America, the Persecuted and Baltimore at U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall


Members of Congress — including several Southern Baptists — prayed one after another for America April 29 in the U.S. Capitol.

Twenty-one representatives joined others in petitioning God during “Washington A Man of Prayer,” a nearly two-hour service in honor of the 226th anniversary of the inauguration of George Washington, the first U.S. president. The Wednesday evening event was held in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall, the House of Representatives’ chamber from 1850-57 and the site of Christian worship services for much of the 19th century.

Two Southern Baptists — Sen. James Lankford, R.-Okla., and Rep. Randy Forbes, R.-Va. — served as honorary hosts of the event.

Lankford encouraged the audience in the Capitol and those watching by television and livestreaming to apply one of Washington’s principles: “[M]ake sure that we pray more than we complain.”

“We get in the habit of griping about what’s happening in government,” he said. “We get in the habit of complaining about what’s happening in the nation and in the culture. We should be in the habit of praying more than we complain.”

Senate Chaplain Barry Black told the gathering of about 150 in Statuary Hall his mother “made prayer as natural as breathing. I think that’s what Washington learned.”

Prayer should be “natural as breathing” because prayer “connects us to the wisdom of God” and “the power of God,” Black said. Also, “it is prayer that will bring healing to our land,” he said.

Listening to the prayers of the members of Congress — “saints in Caesar’s household,” as he called them — made him think God is up to something, Black said.

“[I]t’s not too late for God to stand up on His throne and move in behalf of this great nation so we can again be a shining city upon a hill,” he said.

The House members, joined by two guests, lined up in two groups to pray. Southern Baptists who prayed were Reps. Jeff Duncan, R.-S.C.; Bill Flores, R.-Texas; Gregg Harper, R.-Miss.; Jody Hice, R.-Ga.; Steve Pearce, R.-N.M.; Mark Walker, R.-N.C.; and Randy Weber, R.-Texas.

Before praying, Flores described the United States as “truly a troubled nation. Think about the ridicule of the traditional family, of a man and a woman joined together in a sacred bond of marriage. Think about the ridicule of people for their Christian beliefs and for the persecution of Christians around the world.”

In his prayer, he asked God to “give us the wisdom and protection that we need to stand up for everyone in this country.”

Hice prayed for the persecuted, saying, “[T]onight we look in our own nation, as well as around the world, and there are indeed people who are suffering persecution for your name’s sake. And we pray, oh God, for Your kingdom to come, for Your will to be done right here on earth as it is in heaven. Lord, let us stand strong. Let us stand firmly.”

Suzan Johnson Cook, who served as the State Department’s ambassador at large for international religious freedom from 2011-13, prayed for Baltimore residents affected by civil unrest.

She prayed “that we might be a just people, a righteous people, that you will forgive us of our sins and allow us to seek Your face. Bless all those this night — parents and children in Baltimore and all throughout this land — who are suffering, crying out.”

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SOURCE: Baptist Press
Tom Strode

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    To prove that all men are guilty of sin at conception and therefore born as sinners; original sin proponents quote David in Psalm 51:5.

    David Quote: Psalm 51:5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me. (NKJV)

    Was David born into a sinful world? Yes. Was David’s mother guilty of sin? Yes. Was David guilty of his mother’s sin. No. Was David spiritually condemned because of the sin of Adam and Eve? No. David died physically because of Adam’s sin. Men die spiritually because of sins they themselves commit.


    God hates sin.

    David Quote: Psalm 139:1,13,14 O Lord…13 For You have formed my inward parts;You have covered me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And I know my soul knows very well.(NKJV)

    God does not create sinners in the womb. God hates sin. How could David be wonderfully made in his mother’s womb and at the same time be be created a guilty sinner?

    Genesis 4:1 Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have gotten a man from the Lord.”(NKJV)

    Did God help Eve conceive a sinner in the womb? Of course not. God hates sin. Cain became a sinner by choice.

    Was John the Baptist a sinner in the womb? No, he was not.

    Luke 1:13,15, ….you shall call his name John. 15 “For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.

    Are men filled with the Holy Spirit if they are sinners in the womb? No, they are not. John the Baptist was not guilty of original sin in his mother’s womb nor is anyone else.

    Are little children sinners in the womb? No, they are not.

    Jesus Quote: Matthew 18:3 and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.(NKJV)

    Was Jesus saying, in order to enter the kingdom of heaven you must be guilty of sin in the womb and born sinners like little children. Of course not. You must be free from sin as little children. Little children were not born as sinners nor are they guilty of committing sins. Little children are trusting souls; and adults must trust Jesus.



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