Remarks by President Bush on the National Day of Prayer

May 03, 2007, 01:00 ET from White House Press Office

    WASHINGTON, May 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a
 transcript of remarks by President Bush on the National Day of Prayer:
     East Room
 
     9:23 A.M. EDT
     THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. And welcome to the White House. I'm
 honored to join you for this National Day of Prayer. I'm sorry Laura is not
 here. She is camping in one of our national parks. (Laughter.) I appreciate
 the chairman -- Chairwoman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force,
 Shirley Dobson. Thank you for your leadership on this important day. And I
 see you brought your husband, Jim. (Applause.)
     The 2007 Honorary Chairman is with us, and that's Chuck Swindoll. Thank
 you, Chuck, for being here, and I'm glad you brought Cynthia, as well.
 Welcome. I appreciate the members of the Cabinet who have joined. I
 appreciate the members of the Congress. Thank you all for being here.
     And the Mayor -- Mr. Mayor, thank you, sir. It's good to see you.
 Thanks for joining us. It means a lot that you're here. I appreciate Mayor
 Ron Rordam, Blacksburg, Virginia. Mr. Mayor, we're honored you're here.
 Thanks for bringing Mary. (Applause.)
     Members of the United States military have joined us. Thanks for
 wearing the uniform. I appreciate those who are participating. Rabbi, thank
 you for your really kind remarks and strong statement. I am glad that one
 of my fellow Texans has made it. Mike, thanks for coming from Prestonwood
 Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas. And you married a woman named Laura.
 (Laughter.) Chaplain Houston Yu, Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets. Proud to
 have you here. (Applause.) Bishop Coles, thank you for bringing Leona.
 Proud you all are here, too. Thanks for joining us. Appreciate the United
 States Army Chorus. By the way, Sergeant First Class Alvy Powell, friend of
 Presidents 41, 42, and 43. (Laughter.) The man has got some longevity.
 (Laughter.)
     As Shirley mentioned, since the days of our founding, our nation has
 been called to prayer. That's exactly what our first President did, George
 Washington. "It's the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of
 Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and to
 humbly implore his protection and favor." It's interesting that the first
 President said those words.
     For two centuries, Americans have answered this call to prayer. We're a
 prayerful nation. I believe that makes us a strong nation. Each day,
 millions of our citizens approach our Maker. We pray as congregations in
 churches and in synagogues, and mosques, and in temples. We welcome people
 of all faiths into the United States of America.
     We pray as families, around the dinner table, and before we go to
 sleep. We pray alone in silence and solitude, withdrawing from the world to
 focus on the eternal, spending time in personal recollection with our
 Creator.
     We pray for many reasons. First, we pray to give thanks for the
 blessings the Almighty has bestowed upon us. We pray to give thanks. We
 give thanks for our freedom. We give thanks for the brave men and women who
 risk their lives to defend it. We give thanks for our families who love and
 support us. We give thanks for our plenty. We give thanks for our nation.
     Second, we pray for the strength to follow God's will in our lives, and
 for forgiveness when we fail to do so. Through prayer, each of us is
 reminded that we are fallen creatures in need of mercy, and in seeking the
 mercy and compassion of a loving God, we grow in mercy and compassion
 ourselves.
     We feel the tug at our souls to reach out to the poor, the elderly, the
 stranger in distress. And by answering this call to care for our brothers
 and sisters in need, our hearts grow larger and we enter into a deeper
 relationship with God.
     Third, we pray to acknowledge God's sovereignty in our lives and our
 complete dependence on Him. This is probably the toughest prayer of all,
 particularly for those of us in politics. In the humility of prayer we
 recognize the limits of human strength and human wisdom. We seek the
 strength and wisdom that comes from above. We ask for the grace to align
 our hearts with His, echoing the words of Scripture, "Not my will, but
 thine be done." We ask the Almighty to remain near to us and guide us in
 all we do, and when He is near we are ready for all that may come to us.
     Finally, we pray to offer petitions, because our Father in heaven knows
 our cares and our needs. We trust in the promise of a loving God: Ask and
 it shall be given to you; seek and ye shall find. Inspired by this
 confidence we pray that the Almighty will pour out His blessings on those
 we love. We ask His healing for those who suffer from illness, for those
 who struggle in life. We ask His comfort for the victims of tragedy, and
 that the injured may be healed and the fallen may find comfort in the arms
 of their Creator. We implore His protection for those who protect us here
 at home and in far away lands. We pray for the day when His peace will
 reign in every nation and in every land until the ends of the earth.
     The greatest gift we can offer anyone is the gift of our prayers,
 because our prayers have power beyond our imagining. The English poet
 Tennyson wrote, "More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams
 of." Prayer has the power to change lives and to change the course of
 history. So on this National Day of Prayer, let us seek the Almighty with
 confidence and trust, because our Eternal Father inclines his ear to the
 voice of his children, and answers our needs with love.
     May God bless America. (Applause.)
 
     END
 
     9:30 A.M. EDT
 
 

SOURCE White House Press Office
    WASHINGTON, May 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a
 transcript of remarks by President Bush on the National Day of Prayer:
     East Room
 
     9:23 A.M. EDT
     THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. And welcome to the White House. I'm
 honored to join you for this National Day of Prayer. I'm sorry Laura is not
 here. She is camping in one of our national parks. (Laughter.) I appreciate
 the chairman -- Chairwoman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force,
 Shirley Dobson. Thank you for your leadership on this important day. And I
 see you brought your husband, Jim. (Applause.)
     The 2007 Honorary Chairman is with us, and that's Chuck Swindoll. Thank
 you, Chuck, for being here, and I'm glad you brought Cynthia, as well.
 Welcome. I appreciate the members of the Cabinet who have joined. I
 appreciate the members of the Congress. Thank you all for being here.
     And the Mayor -- Mr. Mayor, thank you, sir. It's good to see you.
 Thanks for joining us. It means a lot that you're here. I appreciate Mayor
 Ron Rordam, Blacksburg, Virginia. Mr. Mayor, we're honored you're here.
 Thanks for bringing Mary. (Applause.)
     Members of the United States military have joined us. Thanks for
 wearing the uniform. I appreciate those who are participating. Rabbi, thank
 you for your really kind remarks and strong statement. I am glad that one
 of my fellow Texans has made it. Mike, thanks for coming from Prestonwood
 Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas. And you married a woman named Laura.
 (Laughter.) Chaplain Houston Yu, Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets. Proud to
 have you here. (Applause.) Bishop Coles, thank you for bringing Leona.
 Proud you all are here, too. Thanks for joining us. Appreciate the United
 States Army Chorus. By the way, Sergeant First Class Alvy Powell, friend of
 Presidents 41, 42, and 43. (Laughter.) The man has got some longevity.
 (Laughter.)
     As Shirley mentioned, since the days of our founding, our nation has
 been called to prayer. That's exactly what our first President did, George
 Washington. "It's the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of
 Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and to
 humbly implore his protection and favor." It's interesting that the first
 President said those words.
     For two centuries, Americans have answered this call to prayer. We're a
 prayerful nation. I believe that makes us a strong nation. Each day,
 millions of our citizens approach our Maker. We pray as congregations in
 churches and in synagogues, and mosques, and in temples. We welcome people
 of all faiths into the United States of America.
     We pray as families, around the dinner table, and before we go to
 sleep. We pray alone in silence and solitude, withdrawing from the world to
 focus on the eternal, spending time in personal recollection with our
 Creator.
     We pray for many reasons. First, we pray to give thanks for the
 blessings the Almighty has bestowed upon us. We pray to give thanks. We
 give thanks for our freedom. We give thanks for the brave men and women who
 risk their lives to defend it. We give thanks for our families who love and
 support us. We give thanks for our plenty. We give thanks for our nation.
     Second, we pray for the strength to follow God's will in our lives, and
 for forgiveness when we fail to do so. Through prayer, each of us is
 reminded that we are fallen creatures in need of mercy, and in seeking the
 mercy and compassion of a loving God, we grow in mercy and compassion
 ourselves.
     We feel the tug at our souls to reach out to the poor, the elderly, the
 stranger in distress. And by answering this call to care for our brothers
 and sisters in need, our hearts grow larger and we enter into a deeper
 relationship with God.
     Third, we pray to acknowledge God's sovereignty in our lives and our
 complete dependence on Him. This is probably the toughest prayer of all,
 particularly for those of us in politics. In the humility of prayer we
 recognize the limits of human strength and human wisdom. We seek the
 strength and wisdom that comes from above. We ask for the grace to align
 our hearts with His, echoing the words of Scripture, "Not my will, but
 thine be done." We ask the Almighty to remain near to us and guide us in
 all we do, and when He is near we are ready for all that may come to us.
     Finally, we pray to offer petitions, because our Father in heaven knows
 our cares and our needs. We trust in the promise of a loving God: Ask and
 it shall be given to you; seek and ye shall find. Inspired by this
 confidence we pray that the Almighty will pour out His blessings on those
 we love. We ask His healing for those who suffer from illness, for those
 who struggle in life. We ask His comfort for the victims of tragedy, and
 that the injured may be healed and the fallen may find comfort in the arms
 of their Creator. We implore His protection for those who protect us here
 at home and in far away lands. We pray for the day when His peace will
 reign in every nation and in every land until the ends of the earth.
     The greatest gift we can offer anyone is the gift of our prayers,
 because our prayers have power beyond our imagining. The English poet
 Tennyson wrote, "More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams
 of." Prayer has the power to change lives and to change the course of
 history. So on this National Day of Prayer, let us seek the Almighty with
 confidence and trust, because our Eternal Father inclines his ear to the
 voice of his children, and answers our needs with love.
     May God bless America. (Applause.)
 
     END
 
     9:30 A.M. EDT
 
 SOURCE White House Press Office