83R1691 JWI-D
  By: Price H.R. No. 214
         WHEREAS, The 62nd annual National Day of Prayer is taking
  place on May 2, 2013; and
         WHEREAS, Civic prayers and national days of prayer have an
  enduring history in America and date back to 1775, when the Second
  Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in
  forming a nation; and
         WHEREAS, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a day of prayer
  and fasting in 1863; the annual National Day of Prayer was
  established when President Harry Truman signed a joint resolution
  by Congress in 1952; the permanent date was set in 1988 by President
  Ronald Reagan, who chose the first Thursday in May for the
  observance; and
         WHEREAS, Prayer has remained an integral part of this
  country's rich history, and the National Day of Prayer is an
  opportunity for citizens of all faiths to gather and express
  gratitude for the many blessings and liberties that we have and to
  pray for this nation, its people, and its leaders; now, therefore,
  be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 83rd Texas
  Legislature hereby recognize May 2, 2013, as the National Day of
  Prayer in Texas; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That all Texans be encouraged to set aside a
  particular moment on this day to participate in this meaningful
  spiritual event and to encourage their friends and neighbors to
  observe this year's National Day of Prayer according to their own
  faith or practice.