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The 55th National Prayer Breakfast was held exactly one week ago today,
on February 1, 2007.
Four thousand people representing 160 nations came
to the International Ballroom of the HIlton Washington in our nation's
Capitol for the purpose of prayer.
Key figures in attendance were President George W. Bush
and the First Lady; General Peter Pace, Chairman, Joint
Chiefs of Staff; numerous members of Congress, including Senator John
and Senator HIllary Clinton; and Dr. Francis S. Collins, Director
Human Genome Project, who served as the morning's keynote speaker.
At the end of Dr. Collins' thought-provoking speech, which was delivered
with great humility and humor, he pulled out his guitar and asked
everyone present to please join him in singing a hymn, the words
to which were in our program. As he strummed his lone guitar,
the 3000 guests in the main ballroom and the 1000 others in the auxiliary
room sang. Even foreign visitors with translator headsets on their heads
joined in, until the room fully, joyously, loudly reverberated in praise.
The words to "Praise the Source of Faith and Learning" are most appropriate
to a scientist. Little wonder that Dr. Collins cherishes it. And consider the
bravery it took for him to not only play and sing all alone in front of that
crowd, but to have the faith that people would join in! You'll find the words
of this wonderful hymn below. Indeed, every single quote on today's site is from the program of the 2007 National Prayer Breakfast.
Praise the Source of Faith and Learning
(Words by The Reverend Thomas Troeger)
Praise the source of faith and learning
that has sparked and stoked the mind
With a passion for discerning
how the world has been designed.
Let the sense of wonder flowing
from the wonders we survey
Keep our faith forever growing
and renew our need to pray.
God of wisdom, we acknowledge
that our science and our art
And the breadth of human knowledge
only partial truth impart.
Far beyond our calculation
lies a depth we cannot sound
Where your purpose for creation
and the pulse of life are found.
As two currents in a river
fight each other's undertow
Till converging they deliver
one coherent steady flow;
Blend O God, our faith and learning
till they carve a single course.
Till they join as one, returning
praise and thanks to You, their Source.
"Borrowed Light: Hymn Texts, Prayers and Poems"
Oxford University Press, 1994
It is impossible to account for the creation of the universe,
without the agency of a Supreme Being.
First President of the United States
We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven;
been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity;
we have grown in number, wealth, and powers as no other nation
has ever grown. But we have forgotten God!
Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient
to feel the necessity of
redeeming and preserving grace, too proud
to the God who made us.
16th President of the United States
Let not mercy and truth forsake you;
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart,
And so find favor and high esteem
in the sight of God and man.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
Proverbs 3: 3-6
Therefore, Whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
"You shall love the Lord your God with all your hearts, and with all your soul, and with all your mind." This is the great and foremost commandment. And the second is like it. "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the prophets.
Jesus of Nazareth
Matthew 7: 12, 22: 37-40
No greater thing could come to our land today than a revival of the spirit of the faith - a revival that would sweep through the homes of the nation and stir the hearts of men and women of all faiths to a reassertion of their belief in God and their dedication to His will for themselves and for their world. I doubt if there is any problem - social, political, or economic - that would not melt away before the fires of such spiritual revival.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt,
32nd President of the United States
You can't explain free government in any other terms than religious. The Founding Fathers had to refer to the Creator in order to make their revolutionary experience make sense; it was because "all men are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights" that man could dare to be free. They wrote their religious faith into our founding documents, stamped their trust in God upon the faces of our coins and currency, and put it boldly at the base of our institutions. And when the drew up their bold Bill of Right, where did they put freedom of worship? First in the cornerstone position.
That was no accident...
Dwight D. Eisenhower,
34th President of the United States
And now the Last Word:
Almighty God; We make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy Holy protection; and Thou wilt incline the hearts
of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; and entertain
a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States at large.
And finally, that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation. Grant our supplication, we beseech Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
George Washington's Prayer for the United States of America
June 8, 1783
Almost every man who has by his life-work added to the sum of human achievement
of which the race is proud, almost every such man had based his work largely
upon the teachings of the Bible.
26th President of the United States.
On today's site:
-Renew our need to pray
-We have forgotten God!
-Lean not on your own understanding
-Love your Lord with all your hearts...
-The fires of spiritual revival
-Why man could dare to be free