February 2nd, 2012
03:16 PM ET
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama spoke of his personal faith Thursday as he delivered remarks for the third year in a row at the National Prayer Breakfast.
In addition, Obama used the platform in front of religious dignitaries and politicians to express his vision of how faith and government intersect and can work together.
After his remarks, the president received a standing ovation from the crowd at the Washington Hilton, the White House pool reporter said. Journalists are barred from attending the breakfast with the exception of the White House pool, which follows the president. CNN requested and was denied access to the event.
The breakfast has hosted every president since Eisenhower.
Obama, who, as one administration official said, identifies as a "committed Christian who spends a lot of time working on his Christian walk," noted in the speech that he prays daily.
"I wake up each morning and I say a brief prayer, and I spend a little time in scripture and devotion," he said.
Since he has been inWashington, Obama has not formally joined a church. For nearly 20 years he was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ inChicago. The president and his staff have noted the logistical difficulties of a sitting president attending services, but he has visited several churches inWashington and worshiped privately with his family atCamp David.