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I recently had the opportunity to attend the Commonwealth Prayer Breakfast in Richmond.  Our 4th district congressman, J. Randy Forbes gave the keynote address.  He outlined the rich spiritual heritage of our nation and gave examples beginning with the First Continental Congress of how our nation’s leaders have called the people to pray and seek divine protection and intervention in times of crisis.    He told about President Franklin Delano Roosevelt leading the nation in a 6 ½ minute prayer in World War II.         Forbes posed the question, “would it have made a difference if all those prayers had not been offered?”     Forbes also mentioned the growing coalition of anti-faith groups that want not merely separation of church and state but are seeking to “silence the subject of faith entirely.”     Governor Bob McDonnell spoke of his favorite painting depicting George Washington on his knees praying at Valley Forge during the harsh of winter of 1777-1778. He recounted Washington’s prayer for the ragged, hungry, ill-equipped, outnumbered and outgunned band of colonists who were facing the mightiest army in the world.  That painting reminds him of the power of prayer.  They survived that winter—and three years later, the mighty British army surrendered at Yorktown.

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