Pray at Pump Movement Chides Jay Leno

By Kaitlynn Riely and Allison Aldrich | August 8, 2008 | 7:30 PM EDT

 Washington, D.C. ( - The Pray at the Pump Movement wants more than just lower gas prices – they are now asking that “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno join them at the pump to pray.
Leno, the Emmy Award-winning host of NBC’s late night talk show, attracted the attention of Pray at the Pump Movement founder Rocky Twyman when the comedian mentioned Twyman’s group during a July 29 monologue.
“Hey, have you heard about this group called Prayer at the Pump?” Leno asked. “They’re a prayer group that springs up, and they go to gas stations and they hold hands and they pray for lower gas prices. Otherwise known as the Bush energy plan.” 

Twyman stood alone outside NBC Studios in Washington, D.C. on Friday morning, holding a sign that read, “Jay: Prayer is the answer to every problem in life — come join our Pray at the Pump Movement.”
In response to record-high gas prices earlier this summer, members of Twyman’s movement began holding prayer vigils at gas stations across the country. Last month, Twyman, a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, spent an afternoon praying outside the Embassy of Saudi Arabia, imploring God to move the country to raise the amount of barrels of oil released each day.
Twyman said he has not contacted “The Tonight Show” or NBC with his request. He said he is relying on the news media to forward his appeal to Leno.
“We like Jay,” Twyman said. “We’re not against him or anything, but we think that this crisis is so serious, that he needs to come out here and join us, man.”
Twyman said his movement has people in California, the state where Leno’s show is based. He suggested Leno participate with them at a gas station vigil.
A spokesperson for NBC Universal declined to comment Friday.
Twyman, who said he has not consulted with politicians, lobbyists, or energy experts about the solution to rising gas prices, said his prayer approach works. The “prayer warriors” prayed at a station in Alabama, Twyman said, and the owners came out and lowered the gas price by three cents.
Experts attribute the recent drops in gas prices to a decline in demand. But Twyman said his is a serious movement.
“We think that God is really asking us, telling us, in a harsh type of way, that we need to come back to him,” he said. “The Earth is the Lord’s. He owns the world, He owns the gas. That’s what we need to understand, that we are just pawns in the universe, and God is ultimately in control.”
Twyman said the Pray at the Pump Movement has a core group of 75. When asked where Twyman’s colleagues were Friday, he replied, “They are on their way.”