“Through love, courage and sacrifice, we glimpse the grace of almighty God,” President Trump told the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday.
The president held up as “American heroes” people from many walks of life who strive to help others as part of their daily routines and in emergencies. He said they are signs of God’s grace during a 14-minute speech on February 8 at the Washington Hilton Hotel.
In particular, Trump credited American servicemen and servicewomen around the world “defending our great American flag,” police officers “who sacrifice for their communities,” teachers who “work tirelessly” for their students and parents who “work two and three jobs to give their children a better, a much more prosperous and happier life”.
“American heroes reveal God’s calling,” he said.
Every president since Dwight Eisenhower has attended the annual event, which began in 1953. It is typically attended by about 3,500 guests, including many international invitees. It is hosted by members of the United States Congress and organised by The Fellowship Foundation.
“All we have to do is open our eyes and look around us and we can see God’s hand in the courage of our fellow citizens. We see the work of God’s love in the power of souls,” he said.
Such actions are powered by prayer, he said.
Trump also spoke about the US military effort to eradicate Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.
“Much work will always remain. But we will never rest until that job is completely done,” President Trump said.
“Through love, courage and sacrifice, we glimpse the grace of Almighty God,” he added.
“So through that grace, let us resolve ourselves to ask for an extra measure of strength and devotion and seek a more just and peaceful world where every child can grow up without violence, worship without fear and reach their God-given potential.”