In response to National Prayer Day, observed annually on the first Thursday of May since 1952, Congressman Ralph Hall (TX-04) released the following statement:
"As our nation recognizes the 62nd Annual National Day of Prayer, it is an opportunity for us all to reflect on our faith and recognize that, though we may differ in our beliefs, we possess a common strength in prayer.
"Matthew 12:21 states, "In His name the nations put their hope.' The events in Boston and West, Texas the last few weeks serve as a reminder that we can and should come together in a spirit of unity and compassion to pray for our nation and its leaders. I encourage everyone to join me in the spirit of this year's theme, "Pray for America.'
"We are lucky to live in a nation that possesses the greatest military in the world, but the greatest weapon we possess is the power of prayer. I am thankful for our great country and the freedoms we all enjoy, and pray that God continues to bless America."