Pastor Bob Alderman, First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 507, Rio Grande City, TX  78582, 956-487-2438

Texas House of Representatives “Pastor of the Day”  Friday April 15th, 2011

I am deeply moved and humbled by the opportunity to serve the Texas House of Representatives as your “Pastor of the Day” on this wonderful day that The Almighty has given us.

On this day and in this Session, you will be challenged with difficulties and opportunities.  You will be required to make decisions that will affect the entire state of Texas for many years to come.  The power each of you hold is an awesome responsibility and makes me glad that it is yours and not mine.

I am reminded today that, although we tend to believe we are most powerful, the true Seat of power lies inside Heaven’s gates and I both beg and challenge each of you to seek God’s wisdom at every opportunity.  You are truly a chosen group of men and women; chosen by your communities and by God for this sacred service.

I bring to you today the thanks and appreciation of my family, the Church Family of First Baptist Church of Rio Grande City; the Community of Rio Grande City; the County of Starr and the citizens of the Great State of Texas.

Thank you for yielding so much of your life in service to us.                 Let us pray:

Dear Heavenly Father as we gather here in this solemn chamber today we stand before Your presence in the precious and powerful name of Your Son Jesus Christ.  Lord, we pray for your grace and wisdom to be upon every member of the Texas House of Representatives.  I pray that each of their decisions be guided by Your Spirit and centered in Your Holy Will for them and the State they serve.

Father, I pray for their families today.  I pray that You, in Your Divine Grace and Mercy, would protect their families, bless their children and build closer relationships with their spouses.  May each family represented here today know your presence and experience the fullness of Your joy.

Lord God, today Texas faces many challenges.  We are concerned about our finances, our future and our families.  Never before has the prayer, “Give us this day our daily bread” been uttered with such fervency and importance.

We call on You, O Lord, to be our protection and our provision.  Build the economy of this wonderful state and provide both employment and opportunity to our fellow Texans.  Build strong, healthy families who live in freedom and not fear.  Build Texas into the Great State of Your Holy Vision and Plan.

Lord, bless the men and women who serve You by serving in the Texas House of Representatives.  Bless their staff that works so diligently and everyone who serves day by day in their roles to support the mission of this body of government.

We cry out for Your presence in this Chamber, O God of wisdom, and ask You to direct the decisions of this honorable assembly; Lord, enable them to settle the business of Texas on the best and surest foundation, giving You glory all along the way.

Preserve the health of their bodies and vigor of their minds; shower down on them and the millions they represent, the true blessings from above.   Build respect and unity among them so that they may reflect Your Kingdom.

O God, we ask for your divine protection upon the sons and daughters of not only Texas, but from all across our great country, those who have volunteered to serve in the armed forces of these United States.  We pray for the success of their missions and their safe return to their homes and families.  Build a hedge of protection around them, hold them safe in your hands and be their strong shield.

Lord, today we also pray for the Texas Senate as they conduct their business and for our Governor, Rick Perry and his family.  We thank you for them and their service.

Today Father I pray that you would wrap Your arms around the Texas House of Representatives and draw them in close to You.  May they know Your presence, seek Your Will and find Your peace.

All this we ask in the name and through the merits of Jesus Christ, Your Son and our Savior.    Amen.