The Governor's Prayer Breakfast is an annual tradition of unity and hope.
March 11, 2021, marked the 80th anniversary of this tradition in our state's capitol,
where all people from across the state can gather together to pray for our leaders.
"I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving
be made for all people — for kings and all those in authority,
that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness." - 1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NIV)
"The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know.
Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well
so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. - 1 Timothy 2:1-2 (The Message)
During the 1930’s, the City of Seattle was going through a time of intense political stress and corruption. Out of a desire to wisely meet the growing needs of the regions citizens, a group of 19 civic leaders started to gather weekly to seek God's guidance in how to handle these challenging issues. Looking for ways to deal with the tensions and fractures that often occur in communities, these individuals resolved to serve as agents of reconciliation in their personal lives and home towns.
Over the years that followed, as this group shared what these times together meant to them, similar breakfast gatherings sprang up through the State of Washington, down to San Francisco, and then eastward to Chicago, Boston, and Philadelphia. In 1941, newly elected Governor Arthur Langlie - who had been an integral part of this group of 19 civic leaders in Seattle - invited these and other friends from across Washington state to join him in Olympia to pray as he began his first of three terms in office. Then, in 1953, members of the United State Senate and House of Representatives established, along with President Eisenhower, the first Presidential Prayer Breakfast (now called the National Prayer Breakfast).
Today, this simple idea of men and women meeting together for mutual encouragement and fellowship in order to find “the better way” has spread to over 150 countries on every continent. These bipartisan breakfasts provide opportunities for leaders in our state to seek reconciliation and unity of spirit, through the power of God, regardless of differences in political party affiliations or religious beliefs.
The purpose of the Governor's Prayer Breakfast is to gather in prayer for our state and its leaders. It is a time to affirm our faith in God and to seek His guidance on behalf of all leaders, regardless of their political party or ideology, as they make important decisions for our state and its citizens. The Apostle Paul writes in his first letter to Timothy, "I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people — for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness."