As thousands of Americans from across the country prepare to gather at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, to respond to Gov. Rick Perry's call for prayer and fasting for the nation, Perry opens up about his personal prayer life.
In an exclusive interview with CBN News's White House Correspondent Jennifer Wishon, Perry said he prays for President Obama every day.
Gov. Rick Perry: Frankly I pray for the president every day. I pray for his wisdom, I pray that God will open his eyes. I wish this president would turn back the health care law that's been passed, ask that his EPA back down these regulations that are causing businesses to hesitate to spend money.
Perry tells CBN News he doesn't know what God has in store for him, but says he prays for God's guidance. He also reveals what he tells people who "get their nose out of joint about [him] being a believer."
Perry: I have no idea what God's plans are for me but I'm gonna try to be as faithful to him as I can be. I know I will fail as I have often, but the good news is we have a forgiving God and I try to follow His directions. I read my Bible faithfully and every morning try to get up and take that devotional to heart and I don't know what God's got planned for me.
For 61 years he's given me good direction. He's put roadblocks up or he's opened up ways for me. And so I'm glad I've got a… God's got a great sense of humor, I know that as well so anyway, whatever He has in store for me I look forward to it.
I pray for God's guidance. I don't know how anyone who sits in that governor's desk right behind you or is a city councilman or for that matter just a mom or a dad; how they function without that divine guidance in people's lives and the values that the Bible teaches us.
I tell people, I say, that sometimes get their nose out of joint about me being a believer I ask them, "Well which one of the Ten Commandments that's out there on the lawn of the Texas capitol bothers you so much? I mean, which one of those is bad public policy? Which one of those is so onerous to how we as a people function
Perry goes on to say that the Ten Commandments are "good guidance, good values and good public policy."
As for The Response prayer event in Houston Saturday, Perry said he's just following the instructions in the Bible and asking for "God's grace for this country, for this nation."