National Prayer Breakfast 2018

On February 8, 2018, the annual National Prayer Breakfast will be held at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC for its 66th year. Every year on the first Thursday in February, worldwide leaders from over 100 countries gather with the U.S. President for the opportunity to form and fortify relationships with prayer as the cornerstone. Since President Eisenhower in 1952, the National Prayer Breakfast has been a place for the nation’s leaders to discuss faith and its vitality to the strength of the nation. Over the years, the event has expanded to include over 3,000 attendees, primarily of elite business and political affiliation.

The event is hosted by the U.S. Congress and organized by a Christian organization, The Fellowship Foundation, and comprises of luncheons, dinners, and meetings. Several guest speakers participate in the event, including a prestigious keynote speaker who is undisclosed until the breakfast. Previous speakers include: Mother Theresa (1994), Bono (2006), Tony Blair (2009), Dr. Ben Carson (2013), and Barry Black (2017). 

How did this begin? Norwegian immigrant and Methodist minister Abraham Vereide was dedicated to addressing the issue of poverty and wanted to gather and pray with local businessmen and politicians before heading to work. In 1942 when Vereide moved to Washington, DC he initiated these prayer groups with members of Congress, until it grew to include the President and other national leaders. 

How can I attend? Attendance to the National Prayer Breakfast is by invitation only. If you are interested in attending, it is suggested that you contact your Congressman or Senator. Our Washington DC bed and breakfast is not affiliated with the event, and we are unable to assist in obtaining an invitation, however, we welcome attendees to stay with us as we are less than a block from the Washington Hilton. 

Below is the speech from last year’s event from the newly inaugurated President Trump:

Shannon Stiles, Innkeeper at American Guest House

17 thoughts on “National Prayer Breakfast 2018

    • Hi Carol, it’s great that you enjoyed the national prayer breakfast years ago! Unfortunately we are a local bed and breakfast and we just blog about the event and do not have any additional information.

  1. Hi Shannon,
    I note in your online article that you state the National Prayer Breakfast is held the first Thursday of each year and that this year it will be held on February 8, the second Thursday. Can you help me with this?

    By the way, thanks for the helpful website.


    • Hi Tim, the National Prayer Breakfast is usually on the first Thursday of February, however, this year it will be, as you point out, on the second. I’m not sure why this is, but I have confirmed that it will be on that date this year.

  2. Hi Shannnon,
    I have lost my invitation to the prayer breakfast and don’t have info for that or for Cal Thomas’ dinner the night before!
    I have paid for both, but have no idea what happened to my information!
    I need the times and locations for each.
    Can you help me? Thanks so much!
    Lela Gilbert 714 323 3621

    • Hi Todd,

      Thank you so much for your response. It is greatly appreciated. It seems there isn’t much information out there about the National Prayer Breakfast, and we would love to post more information about this event each year. Is there a website, person, or an organization which we could contact to get more info to add to our yearly blog about the event?

  3. Respected Madam and Sirs,

    Greetings from Nepal!

    The long history of National Prayer Breakfast in US is admirable and the culture is pleasing to the God Almighty.
    We are from Nepal, an Organization (FNCN) Federation of National Christian Nepal is serving and committed for the rights and existence of Christian in Nepal. We wanted to attend the Prayer Breakfast meeting, so would like to know the procedure and channel to attend the meeting from Nepal.
    Looking forward to hearing from you .
    Sincerely yours
    Sanjay Limbu

  4. Hi.
    I am mariya from india. I willing to attend 67th international prayer breakfast on 7th February 2019.can you try to help me how to apply for that??? Any Web site or any registration page!!!
    Waiting for your favourable reply

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