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March 29th, 2013

Zacharias’ Stirring Speech Highlights Record Crowd for Iowa Prayer Breakfast

The 52nd Annual Iowa Prayer Breakfast shattered the old attendance mark as a crowd of almost 1,500 attended the event Thursday morning. The previous record turnout was 900, for an event headlined by former Oklahoma Congressman J.C. Watts. Noted author, speaker, radio host and minister Dr. Ravi Zacharias keynoted the 2013 event.

Handling the duties of chairman and emcee for the event was former Iowa Representative Rod Roberts. He prayer for all of Iowa’s elected officials during the opening prayer.

Governor Branstad, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, former Governor Bob Ray, Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and several state legislators were also on hand, including a couple of Democrats. Branstad noted that he had missed only one Iowa Prayer Breakfast since 1972, but that was nothing compared to Governor Ray’s longevity record.

Dr. Zacharias delivered a stirring speech, titled “The Tale of Two Men: A Lesson from History”. He talked about the importance of prayer in our lives.

“All that we do in public is ultimately governed by who we are in private,” Zacharias said. “And what we do in private can only coalesce either with the sacred or with the profane.”

Zacharias is one of the world’s foremost Christian apologists. Christian apologetics is a field of Christian theology that tries to present a rational basis for the Christian faith.

You can view the entire speech in the videos below:

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