By John-Henry Westen

  WASHINGTON, DC, February 1, 2007 ( – “The greatest gift a citizen of this country can give those of us entrusted with political office is to pray for us,” said US President George W. Bush in an address to the 55th annual National Prayer Breakfast this morning.   “And I thank those in our nation who lift all of us up in prayer,” he added.

  The Christian-sponsored event was attended by President Bush and the First Lady, members of the President’s Cabinet, the Justices of the Supreme Court, and Members of Congress.

  Nearly 4000 guests crowded the Washington Hilton including heads of state from 22 nations for the event sponsored by the Fellowship Foundation.

“Many in our country know the power of prayer,” said the President. “Prayer changes hearts. Prayer changes lives. And prayer makes us a more compassionate and giving people. When we pray we surrender our will to the Almighty, and open ourselves up to His priorities and His touch. His call to love our neighbors as we would like to be loved ourselves is something that we hear when we pray. And we answer that call by reaching out to feed the hungry and clothe the poor and aid the widow and the orphan. By helping our brothers and sisters in need, we find our own faith strengthened, and we receive the grace to lead lives of dignity and purpose.”

  The full address can be found here: