Texas Gov. Rick Perry says this Saturday's prayer rally has two purposes -- lifting up the name of Jesus and asking God to give America hope and direction.
Gov. Perry told the Family Research Council what he and a group of friends had been discussing about how to solve America's problems.
"Let's be biblical. Let's follow the instructions," Perry said the group decided.
The governor said the rally will not be political.
Saturday's event, "The Response: A Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis," will be held at Reliant Stadium in Houston. Thousands of Texans are expected to attend.
Last week, a federal judge tossed out a lawsuit filed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation that challenged the Perry's call for prayer.
"The judge rightly dismissed this case and the national prayer event will go on as planned. This was an attack on the First Amendment rights of every American, and it failed miserably," Liberty Institute president and CEO Kelly Shackelford said.
CBNNews.com will be streaming The Response event, live August 6. Stay with us for details.
The Texas governor, who is considering a presidential run, placed second in the straw poll at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver over the weekend. He gave a speech to the group Friday night.