Daily Dare: Dare to Persevere

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When the U.S. Constitution was being drafted, much debate, opposition, and general chaos ensued. Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin, gave the following words, challenging the delegates of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 to prayer:

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? In the beginning of the contest with Great 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 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; and I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel. . . . 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.

After ten weeks, the Constitution was written, agreed upon, and adopted becoming the longest on-going constitution in the history of the world

Daily Dare: Dare to persevere in prayer. Remember our Powerful Friend whenever you see a flag, our colors, or think of our country. Pray today for Divine Intervention. As He has delivered our country, and preserved our country in the past, He will do it again!


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