WASHINGTON (AP) —New House Speaker Paul Ryan is asking fellow lawmakers to pray for each other.

The Wisconsin Republican says Republicans should pray for Democrats and Democrats should pray for Republicans.

"And I don't mean pray for a conversion" to the other party, Ryan joked. "Pray for a deeper understanding."

In his first speech since being elected on Thursday, Ryan says "the House is broken," but that it can be fixed if lawmakers realize they are "all in the same boat."

He's urging his colleagues to work together as representatives of the American people, not as partisans.

Ryan says he has no illusion that unity in the House will suddenly break out. But, he says, "We have nothing to fear from honest differences honestly stated."