Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is going all out to court evangelical Christian voters by asking them to pray, as he did on Jan. 31 in Hamlin, Iowa (video below).
Cruz asked his supporters to pray to "Father God" for just "one minute a day" to "continue this spirit of revival" and "awaken the body of Christ that we may pull back from the abyss," notes the Gateway Pundit.
This call has become a familiar refrain for Cruz's stump speeches in Iowa, which often include "sweeping arm gestures, pregnant pauses, a pursed-lip chortle at precisely the same moment each time," notes the Toronto Star.
The Guardian reports that Cruz also raises his right hand, and puts his left hand on an imaginary Bible.
Cruz then quotes a Bible verse, 2 Chronicles 7:14, which was specifically addressed to Jewish people 2,000 years ago, and applies it to his campaign: "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves in prayer and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear their prayers, and will forgive their sins and I will heal their land.”