Due to COVID-19, the 59th Iowa Prayer Breakfast was held online on Thursday morning.

It was moderated by Scott Brunscheen, the chairman of the 2020 Iowa Prayer Breakfast Committee. Matt Baird, lead singer for the Christian band Spoken, led worship. State Rep. Sandy Salmon, R-Janesville, opened with prayer. Gov. Kim Reynolds also spoke about the importance of prayer, shared her favorite verse Isaiah 41:10, and read her declaration making today a day of prayer in Iowa.

State Senator Ken Rozenboom, R-Oskaloosa, read the selected Old Testament scriptures (2 Chronicles 36:21; Numbers 16:47-49; Joel 2:17; Deuteronomy 6:1-2, 6-7; Psalm 46:10; and 2 Chronicles 7:14). Lt. Governor Adam Gregg read the selected New Testament readings (John 19:30; Mark 15:46, 16:6; and Hebrews 4:9-11).

Dr. Jim Garlow, the Founder and CEO of Well Versed, Inc., which brings biblical principles to governance, gave the keynote address entitled “Hearing God’s Voice In a Crisis.”

Pastor Jamel Crawford, the Lead Pastor of New Life Center, closed the program in prayer.

Watch below:

More about the keynote speaker: Dr. Garlow is an author, communicator, commentator, historian, cultural observer and has served most of his adult life as a pastor. Garlow is heard daily on over 800 radio outlets nationwide in his one-minute commentary called “The Garlow Perspective,” and has appeared on numerous national TV shows on NBC, ABC, CNN, Fox, MSNBC, CNBC and Comedy Central.

The Iowa Prayer Breakfast was started by Des Moines Mayor Reinhold Carlson in 1961, Iowans have continued this tradition for almost six decades, gathering every Maundy Thursday, with this year being an exception having to go entirely online.

Recent past speakers include Ravi Zacharias, Simon Estes, Os Guinness, Alveda King, Joe Stowell, Becky Tirabassi, and T.C. Stallings.

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