Gulf Coast Governors Call for 'Day of Prayer'

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Leaders of the Gulf Coast states have designated this Sunday as a day of prayer for all of the regions affected by the oil spill.

The governors of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas, and the lieutenant governor of Florida all issued proclamations for prayer.

They're calling on their citizens to pray for a solution that stops the leak and for the recovery of the coastline and the fish and wildlife industries.

Alabama Governor Bob Riley wrote, "Throughout our history, Alabamians have humbly turned to God to ask for his blessings and to hold us steady during times of struggle. This is certainly one of those times."

The Florida Family Policy Council and the national Family Research Council are also urging their supporters to participate in the event.

"I really want to encourage the church to not knee-jerk and think about this as some kind of environmental issue that they should not have any interest in," FFPC President John Stemberger said.

"This is clearly a stewardship issue," he said. "All Christians need to be concerned about this. We need to be praying for the families of the men who were killed in the explosion, be praying for the government and the private sector initiatives trying to stop this."

*Originally broadcast on June 25, 2010. 

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