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State elected officials and religious leaders joined together in prayer Thursday morning

The 52nd Annual Iowa Prayer Breakfast took place Thursday at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines.

It takes place every year on Maundy Thursday, ahead of the Easter holiday, to pray for guidance for Iowa leaders. Thousands of people attended the sold out event. Organizers say it’s the biggest crowd they’ve had to date.

Evangelical scholar Ravi Zacharias was the breakfast’s keynote speaker.