Local Church Part of Perry's Prayer

Thirty-thousand people gathered at Reliant Stadium in Houston Saturday for a day of prayer. Governor Rick Perry hosted the event and came under a lot of scrutiny for it.

Perry asked Christians to turn to God for answers to our nation's trouble.  Music filled the area during the prayer rally and Governor Perry spoke for about 12 minutes asking people to pray for our leaders in these difficult times.

In a prayer Perry said, "We see discord at home. We see fear in the marketplace. We see anger in the halls of government.  As a nation we have forgotten who made us, who protects us, who blesses us, and for that we cry out for your forgiveness."

Governor Perry has said numerous times the event is not political.  Critics say the event inappropriately mixes religion and politics and protestors even picketed outside the stadium and across the country.

The event was being shown live in 1,000 churches around the country and right here in Wichita Falls the First Baptist Church held a simulcast.  Church members gathered there to pray for our country and leaders.  An attendee says this event could possibly hurt perry politically.

"He didn't need to do anything to re-enforce or encourage his base.  He did it I think for the reasons he said, it's for the nation and the spiritual welfare of the nation as far as politics goes.  I think more than likely it may hurt him with some people who feel like this is outside the boundaries," said Clinton Tittsworth