Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas Co-Chairs National Prayer Breakfast

WASHINGTON DC -- Senator Mark Pryor served as the co-chair of the 54th Annual National Prayer Breakfast, along with Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN). Senator

Pryor who was instrumental in designing the program said he was moved by the prayer and fellowship at the event, which brought together religious leaders, President Bush, Members of Congress and foreign dignitaries for discussions and prayer about needs of the nation and the world.



Over 3,000 guests, representing every state and over 160 countries, attended the event.



Pryor said highlights of the annual event included Arkansas’ musical performances, rock star “Bono’s” keynote speech about addressing worldwide poverty, President Bush’s comments about faith in our daily lives and Jordan’s King Abdullah prayer for peace in the Middle East.



Pryor said he was honored to introduce President Bush and provide prayer throughout the event.



“We stand as people from all walks of life, many backgrounds and tradition as a circle of friends. We know your love waits in the wings, and we ask you to bring it onto the world stage. We grieve for our fellow human beings who suffer the pain and hardship and bereavement of war and disease. We pray especially for the children…We pray for the peace of the Middle East. We pray that you would restrain the forces of evil, and rise up and propel forward the leaders of peace,” Pryor said in leading his guests in prayer.



Pryor said he was proud to showcase Arkansas musical performers Karen Mason and “Point of Grace”. Mason, a mother of two who lives in Little Rock, AR, opened the Prayer Breakfast with an original piece, “I am grateful.” Point of Grace, formed by four graduates of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR performed “Circle of Friends” and “Waiting in the Wings.”



“The music and lyrics of Karen Mason and Point of Grace today lifted and inspired every one of us, from King Abdullah to local religious leaders,” Pryor said. “Their performances were exceptional, and I’m proud Arkansas’ values and talent were represented for the nation and world to see.”



Pryor also invited Bishop J. Peter Sartain from the Diocese of Little Rock, AR and Reverend Robert Handley of Pine Bluff, AR. Handley is the Pastor of Mt. Harmony Baptist Church and is a Principal of Southeast Jr. High School.



Since 1953, when President Dwight Eisenhower declared the White House “the loneliest house in the world,” the National Prayer Breakfast has been held on the first Thursday in February.



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