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Boehner on Prayer Day: Remember Christians Dying for Faith

Thursday, 07 May 2015 11:14 AM

House Speaker John Boehner marked the 64th National Day of Prayer on Thursday by releasing a short video message calling for Americans to pray for persecuted Christians around the world.

"If ever a National Day of Prayer was needed, it is certainly now," the Republican Ohio congressman says from his office on Capitol Hill.

"When you look at the number of Christians being killed in the Middle East – killed because of their faith – I think it's time for all us to take a moment and say a prayer for them, because they need our help today."

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Last month on Easter Sunday, Boehner wrote on his Facebook page about the plight of Christians who are being slaughtered by Islamic extremists in such countries as Syria, Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Kenya.

"In Iraq, where I was this week, ISIL (ISIS) has been replacing crosses with Islamic State flags and destroying centuries-old churches," Boehner said of the terror group.

"In Egypt, 21 Christians were beheaded after being called 'people of the cross.' In Syria, some 220 Christians were abducted. And in Kenya, Christian students were hunted down in a massacre that left 148 dead."

"Among those reduced to rubble was the Virgin Mary Church in northern Iraq. But to consider the empty tomb is to see that love will conquer fear, and that light will always overcome the darkness."

Last month, Pope Francis called on the world to give tangible help to persecuted Christians, highlighting the plight of people he described as modern "martyrs" after nearly 150 people were killed by Islamist militants in Kenya.

The theme of this year's National Day of Prayer is "Lord, Hear Our Cry." The theme comes from I Kings 8:28, that says, "Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day."

Dr. Jack Graham, the Texas megachurch leader and honorary chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, launched the event in Washington, D.C., with a national prayer.

The prayer says: "We repent of our sins and ask for Your grace and power to save us. Hear our cry, O God, and pour out Your Spirit upon us that we may walk in obedience to Your Word."

According to The Washington Times, other speakers included Alabama Republican Rep. Robert Aderholt, Texas GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert, Senate Chaplain Barry Black, Rabbi Daniel Lapin, and Father Edward Hathaway of St. Veronica Catholic Church in Chantilly, Virginia.

On the National Day of Prayer website, the Rev. Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, called for humility and obedience to God's word at this time.

"We are reminded in Scripture that with God, nothing is impossible," he said. "Pray that, as a nation, we would return to God."

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