Dozens of Members of Congress joined Christian leaders on April 27 in the prestigious Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol building to honor President George Washington as a man of Christian faith and to offer prayers on behalf of the nation, the President and his Cabinet, the Supreme Court and its Justices, and Members of Congress.
Many more people of faith in homes and churches across America also joined the prayer event, “Washington – A Man of Prayer,” which was broadcast live on the Daystar Television Network and online through WND.com.
NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, who was in attendance, said he was very encouraged by the number of House and Senate members who prayed at the event, which has been held annually since 2012.
“The spiritual tone was even more impressive,” reported Dr. Johnson.
He added, “Scripture teaches, ‘The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much’ (James 5:16). During these times of cultural upheaval and political uncertainty, I’m encouraged that God still has His people in places of leadership in our government.”
Among those in attendance were Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), who served as honorary hosts. Also in attendance was House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who offered some remarks in welcoming the event’s participants.
“We need to seek Him out in good times and in bad. We need to always ask for His guidance to follow in His ways,” Speaker Ryan proclaimed.
A Man of Prayer commemorates the events of April 30, 1789, when President Washington, accompanied by Congress, proceeded to St. Paul’s Chapel after being sworn in and offered a prayer of dedication to God on America’s behalf as one of his first official acts as president.
“On that day, the world saw more than just the inauguration of the president of a new nation; it witnessed a watershed moment in history when the ideals penned in ink on parchment at Philadelphia’s Continental Congress would preserve what sword and patriots’ blood had inscribed on the field of battle,” noted Dan Cummins, the Originator of Washington – A Man of Prayer, in a statement introducing the event.
Four years ago, with the help of Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Cummins presented the idea of the commemoration event to then-Speaker of the House John Boehner. Since then, the Capitol’s Statuary Hall has served as the gathering spot for the annual prayer assembly – something that had not occurred in the 100+ years since the Hall, formerly the Old House Chamber, was the location of weekly Christian church services from 1800 to 1869.
“I believe the impact of this event could be a spiritual turning point for the nation as Americans witness Senators and members of Congress reaching out to God in penitent prayers from inside the nation’s Capitol,” Cummins shared prior to this year’s event.
To watch the prayer event, click on the video player below.
PHOTO ABOVE: (From left to right) Dan Cummins, the Originator of Washington – A Man of Prayer; Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of the National Religious Broadcasters; Ronnie Floyd, President of the Southern Baptist Convention and Senior Pastor of Cross Church in Northwest Arkansas.
By NRB Staff
Published: April 28, 2016