In honor of Constitution Day, I thought I’d share a free printable of Benjamin Franklin’s wise words to the Constitutional Convention back in 1787. Addressing the President, he said,
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 labour in vain that build it.” I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better, than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word down to future ages. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing Governments by Human wisdom and leave it to chance, war and conquest.
I therefore beg leave to move — that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the Clergy of this City be requested to officiate in that Service.
This is just final portion of his comments that day. You can read the full speech here.
Benjamin Franklin had the right idea: Prayer is key. “Unless God builds the house, the laborers work in vain.” (Psalm 127:1)
Thanks to God’s help and guidance, the United States has been entrusted with a marvelous Constitution. What we need now are elected officials who will uphold it.
And that, my friends, is another matter in need of much prayer.