by Patrick B. Craine

NEW YORK, New York, January 15, 2010 ( – In a Wednesday appearance with Fox News' Glenn Beck, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin emphasized how important her Christian faith is to her.

“There is nothing more important in my life than my relationship with God and my faith,” she told Beck.  “In this past year especially—past year and a half—I have been so driven to my knees to pray for His guidance, for His wisdom, for His grace and for His Strength.”

The former Alaska governor called on fellow Americans to embrace Christianity, while pointing out its importance to America's foundation.  “I sure would like to see more Americans give it a try,” she said, “and seek the guidance that our Founding Fathers sought and were able to [then] craft documents that allowed America to become the greatest, strongest, healthiest, most prosperous nation on earth.”

“I believe that there are eternal ramifications based on what we do here,” she said, further.  “It allows me to know that what I do, it's not about me, it's not even about my children's future; it's longer lasting than that.”

Gov. Palin's appearance on Glenn Beck follows Fox News' Monday announcement that Palin has joined the network as a political commentator.  The multi-year deal will see her offer analysis on any of Fox News' media platforms, as well as special programming for Fox Broadcasting.

“I am thrilled to be joining the great talent and management team at Fox News. It's wonderful to be part of a place that so values fair and balanced news,” Palin commented.