Unity, Not Politics, Takes Spotlight During National Prayer Breakfast

By   •   February 2, 2017

Barry Black Franklin Graham and wives
Franklin Graham and his wife, Jane, talk with Senate Chaplain Barry Black and his wife, Brenda, at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday. Black was the keynote speaker at the event.

Politics took a backseat to prayer on Thursday morning as many Democrats and Republicans joined President Donald Trump for the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C.

“The world around us has always been divided,” Congressman Robert Aderholt, a Republican from Alabama, said standing alongside Congressman Juan Vargas, a Democrat from California. “It’s not just a recent phenomenon, but in all such time there have been men and women who have found a true path to unity and cooperation through prayer.”

That was the goal on Thursday.

Franklin Graham at National Prayer breakfast 2017
Franklin Graham was among many men and women who prayed for the nation at the National Prayer Breakfast.

Franklin Graham was among the many honored guests who attended the prayer breakfast, which was first held 64 years ago under President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s administration. It was then that Franklin Graham’s father Billy Graham worked alongside Abraham Vereide, Senator Frank Carlson, hotel magnate Conrad Hilton and others to establish the event. To this day, the prayer breakfast is held in Hilton’s Washington, D.C., hotel.

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During Thursday’s breakfast, every speaker zeroed in on the importance of prayer. Senate chaplain Barry Black, the keynote speaker, employed many Bible verses, including the same Scripture Franklin Graham shared on Inauguration Day.

“Mr. President, you may be familiar with this Scripture because it was read at your inauguration, but it is so spot on,” Black said, referencing verses from 1 Timothy 2:1-4.

“We need to pray for everyone, all people,” urged Black, a retired rear admiral who served 27 years in the United States Navy. “Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior who wants—hear this—who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.

President Donald Trump at National Prayer Breakfast
President Donald Trump addressed the crowd and talked about the importance of religious liberty.

“Praise God,” Black added in a moment of reflection. “What a word, for those who want to make their voices heard in heaven.”

President Trump followed Black’s impassioned message with one of his own. He stressed America will thrive as long as its liberty, particularly its religious liberty, is allowed to flourish.

“As long as we have God, we are never, ever alone,” Trump said. “Whether it’s the soldier on the night watch, or the single parent on the night shift, God will always give us solace and strength and comfort.

“We need to carry on and keep carrying on. For us here in Washington, we must never, ever stop asking God for the wisdom to serve the public according to His will.”

You can be secure in Christ today.


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  1. Gail Erlenbach says:

    I have been praying for a few years now that some day the president, his cabinet and congress would seek God for wisdom in guiding our country. I’m so thankful to read the comments from Donald Trump addressing the importance of prayer. No wonder he is being attacked by the media. We need to continue to pray protection and continued Godly support for him and Vice President Pence.

  2. Terry Kay Buckels says:

    Thank you so much for standing up for Christ Jesus!! I love Him so much, and it hurts to see the world in such a divided and evil split!!! I believe God directed my husband and I to vote for President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence! I know God put those two in power at this time in our nations history!! I will pray for them daily!! Also, please pray for me!!) I am a born again Christian and I am scared about the money crash And I admit I am afraid of having no food and the riots!! I know how God protected Israel and fed her and kept them warm and cool when needed! If God did it for Israel, He will protect us too! But I get scared sometimes and does God get upset when I get scared?? Thank you for sharing Jesus with the world!

  3. Dr. Tonyelle R. Russell says:

    Thank you for uniting people in America through the power of prayer! Finally someone is listening! Praise God in Jesus’ name! Love Always, Tonyelle FSH

  4. Janice Kawamura says:

    Donation for upcoming “Persecuted Christian” conference in May 2017 to help pay travel expenses for those unable to do so.

  5. Abe I Friesen says:

    Praise the Lord I am sure God loves to hear this we need a revival this is so impressive

  6. Randy Stafford says:

    Praise the Lord for a President once again who gives the National Prayer Breakfast priority and who himself made a wonderful statement concerning never being alone as long as we have God. And this President also went to Joint Base Andrews the other day to pay tribute to the Navy seal recently killed in action. I am encouraged and feel like God has intervened to prevent sinister forces from destroying our great nation! AND THANK YOU FRANKLIN GRAHAM FOR THE HUGE PART YOU PLAYED BY CONDUCTING THE DECISION AMERICA TOUR IN 2016.