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NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST TODAY—YOUR PRAYERS ARE NEEDED

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You can pray for the National Prayer Breakfast event right where you are. Thank the Lord for the continued importance that our national leaders put upon this very special event each year. This article explains the fascinating history of the event and will inform your prayers today.

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Cor 10:31)

[Today, February 7, 2019], more than 3,500 political leaders, military chiefs and corporate moguls meet for eggs, sausage, muffins – and prayer. The Washington, D.C. gathering, the 66th National Prayer Breakfast, is an opportunity for new friends and old associates, from 50 states and 140 countries, to break bread and forge fellowship in Jesus’ name.

Convened on the first Thursday in February, the gathering, known as the Presidential Prayer Breakfast until 1970, has always included the American head of state. . . .

As a scholar of American religious history, I am intrigued by how presidents negotiate the intricacies of church/state relationships versus religion/politics entanglements. Most avoid the former while trying to benefit from the latter. That’s why the prayer breakfast is noteworthy – it is an opportunity for leaders to appear as Christ’s servants rather than formidable heads of state.

Faith first

President Dwight Eisenhower began the tradition with the first breakfast in 1953. While Eisenhower was initially wary of attending a prayer breakfast, evangelist Billy Graham convinced him it was the right move.

Speaking to an audience that included Graham, hotel magnate Conrad Hilton and 400 political, religious and business leaders, Eisenhower proclaimed that “all free government is firmly founded in a deeply felt religious faith.”

Today, “Ike” – the 34th president’s nickname – is not remembered as being deeply religious.

However, he was raised in a pious household of River Brethren, a Mennonite offshoot. His parents named him after Dwight Moody, the famous 19th-century evangelist who likened the state of the world to a sinking ship and stated,

“God has given me a lifeboat and said… ‘Moody save all you can.”…

Soon after his election in 1952, Eisenhower told Graham that the country needed a spiritual renewal. For Eisenhower, faith, patriotism and free enterprise were the fundamentals of a strong nation. But of the three, faith came first….

A strategic move

It is possible that Graham may have used the breakfast’s theme, “Government under God,” to convince the president to attend. Throughout his tenure, Eisenhower promoted God and religion….

A political meeting?

The National Prayer Breakfast has grown steadily over the years – from 400 attendees to close to 4,000. The presence of the U.S. president has made the event a draw for leaders worldwide and networking before and after the breakfast.

In a 2006 journal article, sociologist D. Michael Lindsay described the breakfast as a “veritable ‘Who’s who’ of the political and evangelical worlds.” Invitations cast it as an opportunity to “seek the Lord’s guidance and strength … and to renew the dedication of our Nation and ourselves to God’s purpose.”…

A guide for the powerful

The prayer breakfast’s success would have pleased Abraham Vereide, the Methodist minister behind the meetings. Vereide immigrated from Norway in 1905 when he was 19. For many years, he ministered to the down and out – society’s cast-offs….

Using the breakfast moment

In the years since, presidents have used the prayer breakfast to burnish their image and promote their agendas. In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson spoke about the harrowing days following John F. Kennedy’s assassination and his desire to build a memorial for God in the nation’s capital.

Richard Nixon, speaking after his election in 1969, said that prayer and faith would help America’s fight for global peace and freedom. In 1998, Bill Clinton, faced with allegations that he had a sexual relationship with a White House intern, asked for prayers to “take our country to a higher ground.”…

More changes with time

There is a wide diversity among breakfast attendees.

Just as speakers have become more diverse, so have attendees. There are Muslims and Jews as well as Christians of all stripes. The Fellowship Foundation, an organization started by Vereide that sponsors the breakfast, considers the National Prayer Breakfast as an inclusive event….

But while the breakfast is an open tent, the small seminars and discussions that fill the days before and after are exclusive. These meetings, also organized by the Fellowship Foundation, convene clergy, politicians, military leaders and businessmen for high-level discussions on the global intersections of faith, power and money. The president does not attend these meetings, but his confidantes do. . . .

(Excerpts from Diane Winston article in The Conversation)

The Informer February 7, 2019 PDF Plain Text Version

28 Replies to “NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST TODAY—YOUR PRAYERS ARE NEEDED”

  1. Most High, Holy Heavenly Father,
    We enter boldly into Your throne of grace to obtain mercy & grace in our time of need. Only through Your precious son’s blood can we don the white robe of righteousness to enter into Your presence, thank you for this access, Lord.
    We lift up Our President & Vice President this day…
    Join us together to be One voice, One heart, One petition of deep repentance for our country’s rebellion & disobedience of Your commandment to Love You with our whole heart, soul, spirit, mind, body as a nation, of not loving our neighbor as ourselves, for dishonoring & killing Life You have created before the foundation of the world in Your image & likeness. Truly the blood of the unborn cries out for justice & is upon our hands. Forgive us Lord, we are guilty, we deserve Your judgement. We cry out for mercy, we cry out to remove the scales from our eyes to see & receive Your resurrection power of redemption, healing, deliverance, restoration of our country so that Your kingdom will come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Thank You that You love to heal, comfort, have relationship with each of us here on earth. Send Your heavenly hosts of angels to hover, cover, hide & protect this Body of Believers that attend this Prayer Breakfast. We bring all glory to Your Name & to Precious Name of Your Sone, Jesus. We proclaim every knee to bow & tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord & Savior of all-that not one would perish Oh God.
    In Jesus Name.
    Amen

  2. Father God i pray in the Name that is above every name: that a holy tsunami of your Holy Spirit be poured out on this assembly: that the glorious light projected from the face of Jesus and salt from the throne of Heaven drive out all darkness and corruption. I pray that the scales fall from their eyes and they all see you and realize the surpassing value of knowing you and will joyfully summit to your will and purposes. I pray that you will be glorified in this assembly; that your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Thy kingdom come thy will be done forever more. In the precious name that is above every name, the name of Jesus Christ amen.

  3. Heavenly Father, we do in fact need to stand as united even if we are of different religious faiths. We need to know, understand, and reveal the fact that we are One Nation, Under God, Indivisible. Our founders believed in God and wrote a constitution inspired by their belief in Him. We all need to recognize and be thankful for that belief and inspiration obtained from it. We pray for our leaders that they in some positive way can set their own self-interest aside for the common good. This good is good for all; not just for a select group; not just for just a few; but for all. That is all that want and desire to be in our country and if they want to be here, they should do just that — become an American with inalienable rights that our God inspired constitution provides. Oh Lord, give us Americans the strength, perseverance, love and humility and by all means provide it for our leaders. Leaders who do what is right in Your Holy Eyes, not matter how difficult or unpopular it may be. Give those leaders and us the courage and love to say no to what’s wrong and yes to what is right. We pray for them all as well as us, for we are all Americans, One Nation, Under God, Indivisible, With Liberty and Justice for All. In Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.

  4. 1 Tim 2:1 Heavenly Father, I give thanks for our government and its leaders. 1 Tim 2:2 I pray for all men and women having governmental authority over us. Prov 1:23 Pour out YOUR Spirit upon them and make YOUR Word known to them. Psa 25:21 Help them to be men and women of integrity with an understanding of YOUR principles, acting justly and righteously, 1 Tim 2:2 that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, in all godliness and honesty. Prov 2:10 Give our leaders wise and understanding hearts, and let godly knowledge be pleasant to them. Prov 2:11 Guide them in making wise and godly choices; guard over them with understanding, keeping them out of danger. Prov 2:12 Deliver them from the way of evil and from evil men. Psalm 1:1 Make their hearts and ears attentive to godly counsel, 2 Chron 20:32 doing what is right in YOUR sight. Isa 54:14 Give us upright, just and fair men and women in our government, that our nation would be secure. Prov 2:21 Sustain those who live right and blameless before YOU and keep them firm and strong. Heb 12:27 Shake all areas harboring corruption and ungodliness in our land Prov 2:22 and cut off the wicked. Let the unfaithful be rooted out. 1 Cor 4:5 Bring to light the hidden things done in darkness, and expose the secret dishonesty of their hearts. Rev 2:5 Cause this nation to remember from where we have fallen, repenting, and returning to righteous and godly works, 1 Chron 22:19 setting our hearts and our souls to seek first YOU, Lord and YOUR righteousness, 2 Chron 7:14 humbling ourselves, praying, and turning from our wicked ways. We acknowledge that then YOU will hear us, O Lord, and forgive our sins and heal our land. Acts 26:18 Open our eyes and turn us as a nation, from darkness to light. Heb 3:13 Soften our hearts, for we recognize we are hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. Psa 107:20 Send YOUR Word once again to the people of our nation and rescue us from destructions. 2 Peter 3:9 Father, thank YOU that YOU have been longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. Isa 49:22 Raise up a standard of godliness and righteousness in our nation. Zech 10:1 Bring the rains of YOUR Spirit to flood this land and awaken us once again, Hab 3:2 reviving YOUR work in the midst of us. Isa 59:16 Raise up intercessors and those who will stand watch over our nation, 2 Cor 10:4 giving us discernment and understanding to pull down strongholds over our land. Isa 40:5 And let the glory of the Lord be revealed! Isa 60:1-4 Arise shine through YOUR people and fill our land with YOUR light and truth. We ask all this in the matchless and powerful name of our LORD and Savior, Christ Jesus! 1993-2013 Copyright Carol Ann Hale Kononova

  5. Atai Otubu
    I thank God for all His goodness , grace and mercy over our nation I pray that the Lord will hear the petition of the children of God as they pray in this NPB against the killing of innocent babies. Pray for God’s councell to prevail for righteousness exalt a nation. God bless America Amen.

  6. Dear Heavenly Father, we lift up our leaders both here & from Your earthly nations. We ask You to give them wisdom, strength & equip them for the work You have placed them to do. We ask You to reveal Your Truth to them & to see the enemy for who they really are. We ask You Father to activate all hearts to protect the unborn. We lift up our President Trump for You to give him Godly wisdom, clarity & stamina for your purposes. Thank you for our President & the blessings you have bestowed on our nation. We acknowledge our sin & ask for forgiveness & we repent. Praising You Father for your Son Jesus, in His all powerful Name we pray. Amen.

  7. Dear Father,
    I agree with these prayers. I ask that you would grant us repentance. I ask for forgiveness and grace for my sins– and for the sins of our nation.
    I ask that your name would be lifted up at this breakfast-that true worshippers will bless you there today. And may the 24-7 constant worship of you at David’s Tent DC continue to be a sweet aroma to you, our gracious and loving King. Thank you dear Lord for so greatly blessing our nation. Thank you for Jesus.
    In His wonderful name we pray. Amen.

  8. Most gracious and loving Heavenly Father, Lord Sabaoth King of Heavens Armies, I ask you to station your ministering angels about this prayer breakfast that initiative and peace may prevail. O Lord, our nation is in need of Your peace, Your unity, and the love of our
    Lord Jesus Christ. May Holy Spirit permeate the room and touch each attendee at the point of their need.
    May each speaker be powerfully anointed by You

  9. Father, we ask that you bless all of the attendees. We ask for unity, peace and wisdom during and after the prayer breakfast. Let Your will be done.
    We ask for protection to surround the attendees, envelope each person with the feeling of Your love and presence. Draw them to Your Son, Jesus Christ.
    In Jesus Name I pray Amen.

  10. Father, we lift up our president and all who attend the NPB this morning. Thank you for divine protection and for the Wisdom of God to flow freely…lifting up the Name of Jesus and drawing all into Your undeniable Presence. I pray that all individual agendas are silenced and that Your agenda emerges for this nation as many seek You with one mind, one heart and one spirit. Thank You for unity in the Body of Christ across this nation and to the ends of the earth. May we turn from our wicked ways, seek You and experience true healing in our land(s). Thank You in advance for the great things You will accomplish through Your Kingdom ambassadors. In Jesus’ Name we pray!

  11. Father, what a privilege and honor it is to live in a nation where this day can still be observed and honored. We seek Your face, Your will, and Your protection for this country. May we truly be a people who are called by Your Name, that we would humble ourselves and pray diligently for those around us. That we would seek Your beautiful Face, and turn from all that is wicked. For Father we know that unless we do that, You cannot hear nor forgive our many sins nor heal our land…the land that You and You alone gave us. We would rather Lord, be a country that you would not only bless, but that You would enlarge the territory of Your Kingdom. That Your Hand would be upon us to keep us from harm. And that ALL honor and ALL glory would go to You. Amen

    1. Lord God I agree with this prayer, and ask that your Spirit would call these hearts together in a sense of unity they have not understood before, that any who do not know you will so hunger for your salvation their mind aren’t sorrels without you. Call many to yourself, I plea. May your name be honored in talk of this meeting as well, O Lord God!

  12. Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You that by Your grace the NPB still exists and is respected by many. I thank You for those who attend and truly seek Your face for wisdom and unity in You. I pray for those who attend to truly turn from their wicked ways so You will hear from heaven, forgive their sins, and heal our land as well as theirs. Please restore our land, the USA, to our firm foundation in You and our God-given constitution. I pray these things in the precious name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

  13. Father, thank You for Your Holy Spirit who is present in this great gathering.May hearts be completely turned to You, be filled with Your Spirit, wisdom, ignited with passion & resolve to exalt Your name in our nation, all nations. May Your Light spread, expose darkness, draw our nation’s leaders to stand for righteousness.May Jesus Christ be exalted for there is no other name by which salvation comes. who is the Way, the Truth & the Life! Let there be a spiritual awakening like never before, in Jesus’ name!

    1. YES LORD AND THANK FOR LEADING GUIDING OUR LEADERS AS WE PRAY THAT THIS NATION WILL TURN BACK TO YOU …I PRAY FOR OUR PRESIDENT THAT YOU LORD LEAD HIM AND DIRECT THIS PATH THAT HE WOULD RELY ON YOU SEEK YOU FOR WISDOM KNOWLEDGE AND DIRECTION THANK YOU LORD FOR ALL THE PRAYERS GOING UP IN HIS BEHALF FOR OUR COUNTRY ..IN JESUS NAME AMEN….

  14. Lord, please forgive our country’s many sins and give wisdom to our leaders to turn our nation back to you. Thank you for exposing corruption. Your kindness leads to repentance. May your name be glorified. We are richly blessed by you. Praise you for your mercy on us all! Lord protect your children from our enemies. Thank you for your unmeasurable mercy and grace!

  15. Sovereign Lord,

    You alone have placed these men and women in the positions they have undertaken. Whether in politics, the military, education, or Christians standing up for the religious freedom that we hold dear. Lord, You are our stronghold. My prayer today is that Your will be done in each of the lives that are at this breakfast. May your people not be ashamed of the Gospel. Help them to do the right thing always and not to waiver under the pressure of man. May they be God pleasers. In the precious name of the One who came to save, that which was lost. Amen.

  16. May the speakers and attendees at today’s breakfast work together in a spirit of unity so that the Lord can bless their efforts as they seek to serve the One true God. May every prayer and event serve to advance the kingdom of God and especially to return America to her roots as “one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all.” In the Name of Jesus, may God’s will for America be done on earth as it is in heaven. Amen

  17. Heavenly Father, I pray for the prater breakfast this morning. I pray for our President and Vice- President and others who are attending. Lord, may there be a spirit of unity and an environment marked by peace. I pray that Your Name be glorified and lifted up. I pray for the speakers at the prayer breakfast and that they honor You and speak words that build up and encourage. I pray in Jesus Name, amen.

  18. As voices in Washington DC are lifted today to pray, may the one true God, Creator of Heaven and earth, Lover of all mankind, reveal Himself to every heart in a new, fresh, powerful way. Be glorified in us and through us, Mighty God! Have Your way in every meeting. Grace the speakers with Your wonderful presence, and crown them with Your favor as they speak the Word of Life and lift up Jesus, our Lord.

  19. Thank you Jesus for this prayer breakfast. I ask that the presence of the Holy Spirit change the atmosphere and the hearts of the attendees to accomplish the will of the Father. Amen

  20. Heavenly Father, I pray for unity in the name of our Lord and Savior. May Your Holy Spirit anoint those gathering to seek and pursue You on behalf of the US, on behalf of the nations with actionable gifts that honor You. I pray for Your wisdom, guidance; for vision that propels, activates Your Will here on Earth as in Heaven. Yours is the power and glory.

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