Group urges Obama to pray with Texas Gov. Rick Perry 

If Congress doesn't vote to raise the debt ceiling by the Treasury's Aug. 2 deadline, President Obama should turn to God -- and Texas Gov. Rick Perry -- says a group picketing outside the White House this week.

"Congress is basically dysfunctional and we have nowhere else to turn but to God," the group, which calls itself the Pray Without Ceasing Political Party, wrote in an e-mail to supporters. "In view of this awful debt ceiling crisis, we are urging Obama to immediately hold a national day of prayer and fasting this week and invite Gov. Perry."

Perry, who is contemplating entering the GOP presidential contest, is holding a prayer and fasting event on Aug. 6.

"If Obama ever needed God, it is now," writes the group's founder, Rocky Twyman. "Divine intervention is our only hope at this point."

The group also sent out "special prayers" for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., asking that "God will touch his heart" and make him support higher taxes on the wealthy -- a proposal backed by the White House as part of a long-term deal that would raise the debt ceiling and cut the long-term deficit by roughly $4 trillion over the next 10 years.

"May God help him," the group wrote of Cantor.

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