God of our Fathers, whose Almighty hand hath made and preserved our Nation… May it be ever understood that our Liberty is under God and…to the extent that America honors Thee, wilt Thou bless America.
U.S. Senate Chaplain Peter Marshall Sr. (1902-1949) in a prayer in July 1947 to open a session of the 80th Congress
God grants liberty only to those who love it and are always ready to … defend it.
While never willing to bow to a tyrant, our forefathers were always willing to get to their knees before God. When catastrophe threatened, they turned to God for deliverance. When the harvest was bountiful, the first thought was thanksgiving to God. Prayer is today as powerful a force in our nation as it has ever been. We as a nation should never forget this source of strength. And while recognizing that the freedom to choose a Godly path is the essence of liberty, as a nation we cannot but hope that more of our citizens would, through prayer, come into a closer relationship with their Maker.
Ronald Reagan, Mar. 19, 1981, National Day of Prayer proclamation