National Prayer Breakfast
The 62nd Prayer Breakfast
The 2014 National Prayer Breakfast is scheduled for Thursday, February 6th at the Hilton Washington International Ballroom in Washington D.C. The President of the United States, Members of Congress and other dignitaries will gather with leaders from across the country and around the world. Men and women will come from all parts of Washington state, joining together with their fellow elected officials, business leaders, and visiting dignitaries. To read more, please click here.
Each year several guest speakers visit the various events connected with the Breakfast. However, the main event, the Thursday morning Breakfast, typically has two guest speakers: the President of the United States who delivers prepared remarks and a specially invited speaker who presents the keynote address. Speakers have varied over the years, ranging from Muslim, Christian and Jewish religions. This interfaith gathering features speakers focused on affirming commonly held religious values and putting aside political differences. National and world leaders have read from the Bible, the Torah, and quoted the Koran. To read more, please click here.
Registration for the National Prayer Breakfast is by state quota and by invitation only. If you are a current resident of Washington state and you wish to be nominated to receive an invitation, you must have a completed nomination form with the Seattle office. Nominations are reviewed and forwarded to the national office as appropriate. Invitations will come from the Congressional Co-chairs in Washington, DC.
Invitations/nominations are non-transferable. Minimum age to attend the Breakfast is 18 years old. Cancellations made by January 15th will receive a refund of $500 per person from the National Leadership Seminars office.
Attendance as a Washington state guest at the National Prayer Breakfast is $725/person. This is made up of:
1) The National Prayer Breakfast events fee of $500 per person. Of this, $300 is tax deductible as a donation allowing dignitaries from less affluent countries to attend. This payment must be in the form of a check and be mailed to the National Coordinating Office and you will receive a receipt from them. Checks must be made out to "National Leadership Seminars" and mailed to the following address:
National Leadership Seminars
Attn: Elaine Mitchem
635 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE - Suite B
Washington, DC 20003
Do not pay for this portion on our website.
As always we appreciate your prompt payment for every event. You may pay your Washington State event balance of $225 per person by credit card. To do so, click here, and complete the registration form.
Every year we have numerous requests for recordings of the Breakfast. National Cable Satellite Corporation (C-SPAN) provides annual coverage of the National Prayer Breakfast. To watch the breakfast live check the C-SPAN schedule for air dates and times, or to purchase a copy of C-SPAN produced programming that has already aired, please click here.
In 1953, members of the Senate and House of Representatives, along with President Dwight D. Eisenhower, established the first Presidential Prayer Breakfast. Today, this breakfast has become an annual event in our nation's life. Since that first session, the whole motive and purpose of the National Prayer Breakfast was not to be a national religious meeting, but rather a time when the Congress met to support, pray, and care for the President, his family and other leaders in our nation who carry great burdens. What started as a simple idea of men and women meeting together for mutual encouragement and fellowship in order to find "the better way" has spread to nearly 200 countries from every continent. This call to spiritual mobilization is essential, not in terms of labels, or in terms of any particular institutions or organizations alone, but truly in terms of what Christ can do in the lives of men and women, in the lives of cities, in the lives of states and in the lives of nations. Every year a Washington State delegation of civic, business and student leaders are invited to attend this event.
Each year breakfast attendees are honored guests of members of Congress and are invited under invitation by Congressional Committee organizers. If you have questions regarding invitations or have not been extended a personal invitation from your Congressperson we recommend you contact your congressional representative. Please be advised that each Member receives a limited quantity for their state delegation and international guests. To visit the Congressional Directory, please click here.