National Prayer Breakfast

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National Prayer Breakfast today is an event that has been held for the past fifty years in Washington. At the National Prayer breakfast, President Barack Obama encouraged both Democrats and Republicans to move past cynicism. Those present at the National Prayer Breakfast include Vice President Joseph R. Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. 

According to the New York Times, President Obama stated at the National Prayer Breakfast, “Civility is not a sign of weakness.” He also encouraged religious leaders and lawmakers to step up to daily challenges, not just when a disaster such as Haiti happens. 

President Obama continued at the National Prayer Breakfast, “Too often that spirit is missing without the spectacular tragedy. We become numb to the day-to-day crises. We become absorbed with our abstract arguments, our ideological disputes, our contests for power. And in this tower of babble, we lose the sound of God’s voice.” 

Wise words were indeed spoken at the National Prayer Breakfast. However, liberals took note that National prayer Breakfast was sponsored by The Fellowships, which might be tied to Uganda legislation for the imprisonment and execution of gays and lesbians. The United States does not seem to agree with such legislation. 

Obama stated at the National Prayer Breakfast, “Surely we can agree to find common ground when possible, parting ways when necessary, but in doing so, let us be guided by our faith and by prayer. While prayer can buck us up when we are down, keep us calm in a storm, while prayer can stiffen our spines to surmount an obstacle – and I assure you, I’m praying a lot these days – prayer can also do something else,. It can touch our hearts with humility. It can fill us with a sense of civility.” 

Prayer can bring us up, calm us down and help us face all obstacles. The National Prayer Breakfast is a reminder of the power of prayer that still exists in this country…as well as our freedom to worship as we choose. 

Have we not all one father? Hath not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers? 

Malachi 2:10 

Check out this YouTube video when during the National Prayer Breakfast, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch’s cell phone went off just as he was about to deliver “The Prayer for National Leaders”:

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