On this National Day of Prayer, the President called America a prayerful nation -- and said that's what makes us strong.
At an official gathering in the White House East Room, President Bush called the nation to prayer -- a call dating back to America's founding.
"It's exactly what our first President did. George Washington. It's the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and to humbly implore His protection and favor," the President said.
The White House observance was one of 50,000 across the nation. Organizers say it comes at a critical juncture, a time when the nation's at war and facing internal strife. "Nobody has the answers for the problems we're facing either abroad, or in our own land here, and we need to seek divine guidance," Shirley Dobson said.
As Chairman of the National Prayer Task Force, Dobson said the focus is on putting aside political differences to acknowledge dependence on the Creator.
"This is probably the toughest prayer of all. Particularly for those of us in politics," Bush said.
(Melissa Charbonneau; CBN News; May 3, 2007)