Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Prayer Breakfast

*Note - Gov. Perry frequently departs from prepared remarks.
Thursday, February 17, 2005  •  Speech

Thank you, Representative McReynolds.  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 thankful for those who follow the admonition of Paul to pray for all who are in authority...
...including those of us serving in the State Capitol.

The effective prayer of a righteous person can accomplish much...
...and your prayers are being heard and answered, and are accomplishing great things every day.

Today we gather together in prayer to an almighty God...
...to seek His will for our lives as individuals, and our future as a people...
...and to ask His blessing on the work each of us has been called to do.

It is an amazing and wonderful thing that the God who created the heavens and the earth chooses to involve Himself in the daily affairs of men...
...not just in the big issues, but in every issue.

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 align our will with His.

As leaders from across this state gather in the Capitol to fulfill the charge we have been given...
...we are reminded that “unless the Lord builds a house, they labor in vain who build it.”

I believe we must seek to build our house on solid rock... not shifting sands.

Today we ask not that God would get behind our vision...
...but that we would get behind His. 

We ask that each of us recognize our own shortcomings and inabilities...
...and place our reliance in the God who alone is sufficient...
...alone all wise...
...alone all-loving. 

And we ask for the wisdom we need to exercise the authority entrusted to us with justice, compassion and humility.

I encourage each of you to pray without ceasing...
...for this nation and its leaders...
...for our soldiers who stand in harm’s way in lands thousands of miles from home...
...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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