Breakfast, by Becky Hunter

Typically, about 6 a.m. Joel is coming downstairs from his office to make contact with food. By then he has been up for two hours of prayer and study, so we sit at our kitchen table, pray, eat together and get our bearings for the day.

This past Thursday morning was not typical.

At 6 a.m. on Feb. 2, we were walking down the hallway of the Washington Hilton Hotel toward the International Ballroom for the 60th National Prayer Breakfast. Only January’s State of the Union gathering in the Capitol building brings more of the United States government together in one place. Additionally, representatives from 150 nations were among the 3,000-plus of us who came to pray, eat, and hear from our President.

That breakfast is a highlight among hundreds of gatherings scheduled back to back from Tuesday through Friday under the label of National Prayer Breakfast. No one person could possibly attend everything that goes on those four days so each participant designs his or her own personal schedule, knowing that every gathering offered will be informative and inspiring.

I found it interesting that it is the Republican and Democrat members of Congress, who meet together weekly for Bible study and prayer, who host the event every year. Many dozens of our elected leaders, from both sides of the aisle, participate regularly in Christian small groups. They leave political differences at the door and lift up Jesus.

It was a fascinating and very encouraging four days. Governors, senators, congressmen and our President spoke about their personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We had conversations with lots of incredible people who are motivated by their faith to make the world a better reflection of heaven. I’m praying for all of them.

“The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.” – 1 Timothy 2:1-3 (The Message)