[This is from Fox News website.]
"Thursday Obama got a little more personal and told the crowd at the National Prayer Breakfast that faith wasn't really in his background or instilled much from his parents, but nearly 20 years ago he accepted Christ as his savior. The president said his faith though wasn't always a "straight line" and had some "twists and turns."
He said his faith has grown since coming into office, and even more so when others doubt it.
"My Christian faith then has been a sustaining force for me over these last few years, all the more so when Michelle and I hear our faith questioned from time to time. We are reminded that ultimately what matters is not what other people say about us, but whether we're being true to our conscience and true to our god. Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you, as well," Obama said.
Obama said that his prayers focus on three areas: 1) General prayers to face challenges, often out of urgency 2) Humility 3) To grow closer to God.
"You know, in our own lives, it's easy to be consumed by our daily worries and our daily concerns, and it is even easier at a time when everybody's busy, everybody is stressed, and everybody, our culture, is obsessed with wealth and power and celebrity, and often it takes a brush with hardship or tragedy to shake us out of that, to remind us of what matters most," he said.
"Scripture tells us that there is evil in the world, and that terrible things happen for reasons that defy human understanding. In the words of Job, "When I looked for light, then came darkness. Bad things happen, and we have to guard against simple explanations in the aftermath." Obama said.
Obama also quoted the book of Job in Thursday's remarks at the prayer breakfast.
"As it's written in Job, God's voice thunders in marvelous ways. He does great things beyond our understandings. The challenge I find, then, is to balance this uncertainty, this humility with the need to fight for deeply held convictions, to be open to other points of view, but firm in our core principles. And I pray for this wisdom every day," he said."