“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matthew 6:6).
The room was full – fuller than I had expected, and fuller than past National Prayer Breakfasts of recent memory.
No, I am not speaking of the Grand Ballroom where the dignitaries, congressional members, pastors, and the President of the United States gathered for prayer and inspiration. Rather, I am speaking of the “back prayer room” at the National Prayer Breakfast – a room separate from the ballroom and down the hall where our Faith and Action team provides, watches over, and engages in constant prayer before, during, and after the Prayer Breakfast.
This year, it was an especially blessed time of interaction. The Faith and Action ministry team prayed for and with prominent national and international dignitaries that attended the breakfast – both as a group and also in private. Something that always warms my heart is when we are joined by the people behind the scenes at the Prayer Breakfast – the staff, the security officials, the assistants, the congressional staffers, the interns, and even the hotel kitchen staff! It was a full crowd of people offering and needing prayer.
It was also an honor to witness my dear friend, Rev. Dr. Barry Black, Chaplain to the U.S. Senate, deliver the keynote speech during this year’s National Prayer Breakfast. His powerful and impassioned speech implored us to prioritize prayer in our lives and to understand the opportunity that we have in communicating with God – that our voice and petitions can be heard in heaven! Dr. Black rightfully reminded us that it is the power of prayer that changes people, situations, and nations. He proclaimed the Gospel of Christ boldly to a riveted audience. It was a marvelous time of conviction, inspiration, and unabashed commitment to the glory of God.
Some people dismiss events like the National Prayer Breakfast as meaningless exercises in civil religion, but Faith and Action does not see it that way. To us, this event and others like it give our nation’s top elected and appointed officials a reason to pause and give their attention to something much larger than themselves—namely, Almighty God.
This week, we would like to give you a copy of the Special Edition Inaugural Gospel of John and Book of Romans booklet with your gift of $50 or more. And to make the process easier, you can DONATE HERE or even call us at 202-546-8329 to donate $50, $100, $250, $500 or more. Of course, if you prefer, you can also send a check or money order made out to Faith and Action and mailed to 109 2nd St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002.
Thank you for walking beside us in our efforts to minister to all those on Capitol Hill.
Your missionary in Washington, D.C.,
Rev. Rob Schenck