Financial debt. Terrorism. Natural disasters -- all big problems for the United States.

Texas  Governor Rick Perry,  a potential Republican presidential candidate, thinks prayer might help.

"There is hope for America... and we will find it on our knees,"  Perry says in an invitation to fellow Americans to join him for "a solemn gathering of prayer and fasting" for the country in August in Houston.

"Right now, America is in crisis," Perry says in a message on The Response web site. "We have been besieged by financial debt, terrorism, and a multitude of natural disasters.  As a nation, we must come together, and call upon Jesus to guide us through unprecedented struggles."

When Texas was in the middle of a wildfire crisis in April, Perry issued a proclamation calling for three "pray for rain days."

The Mississippi-based American Family Association, a conservative Christian activist group, is footing the bill for the prayer gathering. But it was the governor's idea.
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Eric Bearse, a spokesman for The Response, said on Sunday:  "The governor told the American Family Association about a month ago that we need to call Americans together for a time of prayer."