Benjamin Franklin's Plea for Prayer
One of his greatest roles was in the Constitutional Convention. By the time of the convention, Franklin was frail and elderly. He required assistance to come and go.
Anyone would have excused him from making the effort. The weather was insufferably hot. The debates were long and often arduous, tedious, or contentious. Franklin had already distinguished himself in patriotic service.
What more could he be expected to contribute?
Well, in spite of his own hardships, Benjamin Franklin was part of a great miracle that took place. Thank goodness he was a man of faith! Thank goodness he persevered when it was difficult!
What an example for Patriotic Moms, and our children, as we face the challenges of our day!
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?
~Benjamin Franklin, from his speech to the Constitutional Convention, 1787
Text of the Full Speech
The small progress we have made after 4 or 5 weeks close attendance & continual reasonings with each other – our different sentiments on almost every question, several of the last producing as many noes as ayes, is methinks a melancholy proof of the imperfection of the Human Understanding.
We indeed seem to feel our own want of political wisdom, since we have been running about in search of it. We have gone back to ancient history for models of Government, and examined the different forms of those Republics which, having been formed with the seeds of their own dissolution, now no longer exist. And we have viewed Modern States all round Europe, but find none of their Constitutions suitable to our circumstances.
In this situation of this Assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understanding?