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Call to Prayer Held at Capitol

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The Texas Prayer Caucus held its first-ever Call to Prayer for Texas on Monday morning on the south steps of the Texas Capitol. The event was hosted by Rep. Scott Sanford, chairman of the Legislative Prayer Caucus, and Rep. Matt Krause, Vice-Chairman of the Legislative Prayer Caucus. The Texas Prayer Caucus is a network of the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation.

The event was attended by a large group of representatives and senators, and was headlined by many of those same members of the legislature. Rep. Scott Sanford acted as the event’s emcee, and the caucus’ co-chair, Rep. Matt Krause, led the event’s opening prayer. Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr., and Sen. Jane Nelson led the pledges. Former U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes spoke about the work of the foundation from the national to the state level.

Pastor of the Denton Bible Church, Tommy Nelson, gave a brief sermon to the group reminding them that, “We pray for Austin and we pray for Washington.” Senator Charles Perry spoke next, reinforcing the importance of prayer for state legislators. He asserted that it was important for leaders to communicate with God through prayer in order to be equipped for the tough decisions that legislators make on a daily basis.

Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is frequently outspoken on the issue of religious liberty, spoke about the issues for which elected officials need the most prayer: “If you’re praying for us, pray for courage.”

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick closed out the event, referencing the debate over letting members of the opposite sex in the restroom of their choice, focusing on what he deemed religious liberty issues.

Approximately 300 citizens, legislators, and activists were in attendance throughout the event.

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