The public expression through prayer of our faith in God is a fundamental part of our American heritage and a privilege which should not be excluded by law from any American school, public or private. One hundred fifty years ago, Alexis de Tocqueville found that all Americans believed that religious faith was indispensable to the maintenance of their republican institutions. Today, I join with the people of this nation in acknowledging this basic truth, that our liberty springs from and depends upon an abiding faith in God.
Ronald Reagan, May 17, 1982, in a proposed Constitutional amendment for prayer in schools
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