WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the following statement today in recognition of the National Day of Prayer:

"One of the great gifts of living in America is you not only can live out your faith, but you can share it with millions of people. Today, we ask God for his wisdom and mercy, and we offer our prayers as one nation. We recognize that our faith is not just a personal right; it is a shared tie that binds us together. God gave this country to all of us, and so all of us owe Him our thanks.

"In that spirit, I want to offer a prayer for the millions of persecuted Christians around the world who cannot practice their faith freely. This is a day for expressing our gratitude—and our solidarity."

NOTE: Speaker Ryan is scheduled to speak at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast on May 17.