Texas Governor Rick Perry has invited other Governors from around the country to come together in Houston on August 6th and to pray for the United States. According to Reuters:

Perry, who said recently he is considering a run for the Republican nomination to contest the presidency in 2012 against Barack Obama, has frequently made calls for prayer while governor.

"I sincerely hope you'll join me in Houston on August 6th and take your place in Reliant Stadium with praying people asking for God's forgiveness, wisdom and provision," Perry wrote in materials promoting the event, called "The Response, a Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis."

There will be some who will criticize Governor Perry for talking about prayer the way he does. Of course, the people who are criticizing him won't vote for Perry anyway. There will also be some who say that Perry is using prayer for political gain. I don't buy it. It would be one thing if Perry had never spoken about God or prayer before this year, but he has in the past.

Now, does speaking openly about God help him politically? Probably so.

I have no problem with politicians sharing their religious beliefs and wish more would. Not because I want those beliefs imposed on everyone, but because one's religious beliefs can have a great impact on the type of decisions they would make as religious leaders.

Having the Governor or even the President ask people to pray isn't a bad thing. Those of us who are Christians know the power of prayer. Maybe our elected officials should recognize that power as well.

Tell me what you think below.