South Carolina Prayer Breakfast-Praying Without Ceasing

March 2017 - Cover Story
by Deena C. Bouknight

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March 2017 - Cover Story

The Bible contains more than 600 prayers. The word “pray” appears hundreds or thousands of times, depending on which version you read. How to pray, what to pray, and when to pray are the themes of countless books in Christian bookstores. And God tells us in Thessalonians 5:17 to “pray without ceasing.”

History records that our country was founded on Christian prayer. John Winthrop prayed with the first Puritans that America would be a “city on a hill.” General George Washington asked that May 15, 1776, be a day of fasting and prayer. Abraham Lincoln did the same on March 30, 1863. Since European influence more than 300 years ago, America has focused attention on prayer.

When there is crisis and tragedy, presidents have dedicated specific days to prayer. George W. Bush proclaimed the last such initiative in the aftermath of terrorists attacks on September 11, 2001. Recently, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley designated November 22 a statewide day of prayer in light of two high-profile murder trials and in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

In addition to these occasional times to pray, however, our country’s leaders have consistently been committed to the National Day of Prayer on May 4 and the National Prayer Breakfast, attended by the presiding president every February in Washington, D.C., since 1953.

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