By Carolyn Martin (CHEC Director of Government Relations)
Our Nation Needs Prayer
During the Constitutional Convention, as the members struggled to reach consensus, Benjamin Franklin rose and addressed the assembly with these words: “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 understandings? 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, & 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. To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? or do we imagine that we no longer need his assistance?”1
President George Washington in his Thanksgiving Proclamation in October of 1789 acknowledged that “ … it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor.”2
These are just two instances where our founding fathers acknowledged the hand of God in their struggle to build this nation. They clearly expressed a belief in the providence of God and their need for His divine protection. How much more do we need His assistance today?
Thursday, May 6th is the National Day of Prayer. Events will be held all over Colorado. Plan to gather together with other Christians to praise Him for who He is, to remember His faithfulness to us, to restore our nation, and to ask for His mercy and favor in this turbulent time. If possible, join me at the Capitol in Denver at noon on the west steps.
If you missed the CHEC Homeschool Day at the Capitol at-home event, check out the videos here.
Trusting in the mighty power and grace of Jesus,
Carolyn Martin, CHEC Director of Government Relations
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