History of the Indianapolis Prayer Breakfast

In 1942, members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives began meeting privately on an "off the record” basis to talk, pray and think together each week. The example set by these small gatherings has fostered scores of groups of its kind, not only in our nation’s capital, but in many parliaments around the world.

In 1953, members of Congress invited then President Eisenhower to join them for a fellowship breakfast in the Spirit of Christ. The National Prayer Breakfast was born out of the warmth and spirit of that first meeting. Each year since, at a time near the opening of Congress, members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, involved in fellowship, invite responsible people from every state and almost every nation to join the President of the United States for this time together.

Following this tradition, the city of Indianapolis held its first Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast in 1993 and although the name of the Breakfast has changed, the purpose and direction has not wavered.

We hope you will join us at this year’s Indianapolis Prayer Breakfast.