Benjamin Franklin’s Call for Prayer

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Benjamin Franklin was 81 years old at the time of the Constitutional Convention. He knew that God helped us to defeat the most powerful military force in the world, Great Britain, and win our independence from them.

The delegates to the Constitutional Convention were unable to agree on anything at first. Then, Franklin reminded them that they were all Christians; and they adopted his motion to begin each session by praying together. With God’s help, they created the United States Constitution. They invented a new form of government that had never existed before. Nobody has ever devised a government that is better than ours.  The world has never seen a richer, more powerful, caring and compassionate nation that The United States of America. We have more freedom here than anywhere else on earth.

This is part of what Benjamin Franklin’s speech to the men who founded the United States of America.

“How has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings? In the beginning of the contest with G. Britain, when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the Divine Protection.

Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a Superintending providence in our favor. . . . And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? or do we imagine that we no longer need his assistance.

I have lived, Sir, a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth–that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?

We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings that ‘except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.’ I firmly believe this; . . . “

Benjamin Franklin was well known for his wisdom. He knew for a fact that God helped us to win the Revolutionary war. There is no doubt that he believed in God; and that he was well-acquainted with the Bible. Without God and Benjamin Franklin, the United States of America would not exist.
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Our Constitution is Based on the Bible

English: Painting, 1856, by Junius Brutus Stea...

English: Painting, 1856, by Junius Brutus Stearns, Washington at Constitutional Convention of 1787, signing of U.S. Constitution. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The leaders of all thirteen states knew that  the Bible required them to choose God fearing men for their leaders. All thirteen states required that the delegates to the Constitutional Convention be Christians.

When these men came together in 1787, they created the most remarkable Constitution that has ever existed. This Constitution was based on the one thing that they could all agree on, the Holy Bible.

The most distinctive feature of our Constitution is that it separates the powers of government into three equal branches—the Executive, the Legislative, and the Judicial branches. That was to prevent future leaders from oppressing the people and taking away their power.  James Madison presented this idea to the other delegates and they approved of it.

How did James Madison come up with such a radical idea? He got it from the Bible, from Isaiah 33:22, For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; he will save us.

In other nations, demonstrators cry out, “Power to the people!” In America, the people already hold all the power. We took it away from a tyrannical king who oppressed us. We don’t ever want  to have another king. What is a king? He’s just a man who thinks he knows what’s best for us, oppresses us, and takes away our freedom.  The American people have the power to remove any President who tries to be a king.

The Socialists and Communists want to change America; and they are crying out for a revolution. America has already  had a revolution, and it was the best revolution of all time. It was called the American Revolution, and it used to be taught about in our schools.

The leaders of the American Revolution were Christian leaders. The French had a revolution at about the same time; but all they did was to trade in their king for a group of tyrants who oppressed them. These French rulers had no idea what they were doing. They made Christianity and even the worship of God illegal.

That is the same conflict that we are facing today. We have one group of leaders who worships and honors God; and another group who are always trying to discredit God and pull him off his throne. Which one of the two do you want to represent you in government?

 

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