Office of the Governor Rick Perry

National Day of Prayer

*Note - Gov. Perry frequently departs from prepared remarks.
Thursday, March 03, 2005  •  Speech

Thank you, Jimmy (Gregory, event chairman). 

I am honored to be with so many fellow Texans who recognize the power of prayer...
...and who make prayer a priority in their lives.

I am especially honored to be here with a friend and leader who is proud to proclaim the truth of this nation’s history...
...and who has helped countless Americans reawaken to the spiritual path of our forefathers...
...David Barton.

From the earliest days of the republic...
...our country’s leaders have called Americans to join together in prayer...
...to seek the will of almighty God for our lives as individuals, and our future as a people...
...and to ask that His sovereign hand would direct the course of this nation.

Today, we gather in that same tradition...
...knowing that the God we serve hears our prayers...
...and is faithful to answer.

It is an amazing and wonderful thing that the God who created the heavens and the earth chooses to involve Himself in the affairs of men...
...not just in the major issues, but in every issue...
...and not just on special days like this one, but every day.

And while He remains sovereign over the world He created...
...in His infinite wisdom He has granted us the free will to choose our own course...
...be it righteous or otherwise.

It is through the great gift of reconciliation that we are given access to the counsel of the King...
...and it is through prayer that we draw near to the throne of grace...
    ...finding mercy and help in our time of need...
        ...and aligning our will with His.

On this special day, as we focus on the future of this country...
...we ask that God would continue to shed His grace on America...
...that He would give our leaders the wisdom, strength and compassion needed to fulfill the charge they have been given...
...and that He would renew the spirit of this nation and bring about righteous change in the heart of every human being who is proud to live in the land of freedom.

Throughout this week...
...as people across the United States gather in open prayer...
...we are mindful that Americans are blessed with freedom that few around the world enjoy. 

And as those who live in the land of freedom...
...we also understand that freedom is never free.

Today in distant lands, the price of freedom is being paid by American troops like Staff Sergeant Terry Saffron...
...who we are honored to have with us today.

In places where oppression once ruled...
...freedom now reigns...
...because these brave men and women have stepped into harm’s way for the cause of freedom.

Today and every day let us petition God on their behalf...
...that He would keep them safe from danger...
...and that He would bring them home to their families when their work is done.

I am proud to declare Thursday, May 5 a day of prayer for Texas...
...and I encourage each of you to pray without ceasing...
...for this nation and its leaders...
...for our soldiers on the field of battle...
...for your families and all of our people.

The power of prayer is the power to change the world. 

May your prayers continue to change our world for the better.

Thank you, may God bless you, and may God continue to bless America.

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