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US Senate Chaplain Barry Black knows a thing or two about the power of prayer.

As the 62nd chaplain of the Senate, Black is the spiritual leader for some of the most powerful people in the country. He pastors 100 senators and he ministers to hundreds more on Capitol Hill.

“I think that prayer is the breath of the soul,” said Black in an interview with CBN News. “It’s inhaling and exhaling.”

In light of the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Black weighed in on the recent controversy of some people dismissing the power of prayer and arguing that prayers are an empty gesture.

“Prayer is the only thing we’re told to do without ceasing, so even when we are working, 1 Thessalonians 5, even when we’re working we ought to be praying,” said Black.

“But James says it is not enough to say to someone who is cold, ‘Be warmed.’ It is not enough to say to someone who is hungry, ‘Be filled,’ but that we have work to do as well. Someone said, ‘Work as if prayer had nothing to do with it and pray as if work had nothing to do with it.’ So I think you need to combine the two,” he explained.

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