Learn why we celebrate this watershed moment in American history!
Washington — A Man of Prayer commemorates the events of April 30, 1789, when, after being sworn in at Federal Hall, President Washington, accompanied by Congress, proceeded to St. Paul’s Chapel where, as one of his first official acts, the president offered a prayer of dedication to God on America’s behalf. 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.
Two years ago, with the help of my good friend Representative Louie Gohmert, I presented the idea of this commemoration to Speaker of the House John Boehner. For the third consecutive year, Speaker Boehner has granted us use of prestigious Statuary Hall, formerly the Old House Chamber, which was the location of weekly Christian church services from 1800 to 1869. It was actually the largest church on the east coast. Legislation allowing that use was signed into law by President Thomas Jefferson who attended there as did President Adams after him. These past two years, God has allowed us to do something that has not occurred in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall in over 100 years – a Christian led prayer event!
Each year the Washington — A Man of Prayer event has grown in attendance of both Democrat and Republican members of Congress. In 2013, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was our keynote speaker. Christian authors and leaders Eric Metaxas, Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, Dr. Jim Garlow and Tony Perkins were also among our presenters. Members of Congress attending included our host Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA), Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC), Rep. Robert Pittenger (R- NC), Rep. James Lankford (R-OK) and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX).
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Originator, Washington A Man of Prayer
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