Benjamin Franklin said,

Benjamin Franklin, one of our founding fathers stood up in the convention and gave the delegates some perspective. Here’s what he said. He said,

Have we now forgotten our powerful Friend? [He was talking about God.] 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 in 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 who 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 a byword down through 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.

Then, listen to what Franklin said. This is where I sense his humility, and I’m so grateful that at the founding of the U.S., there was this sense that, “We can’t do this on our own.” He said,

I, therefore, beg a motion 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.


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