After the Revolutionary War, leaders of the colonies met in Philadelphia at Independence Hall to construct the unifying document that would give birth to our nation. Representatives presented numerous ideas, and yet no one could reach an agreement. The whole process was on the verge of rupturing.
On June 28, 1787, Benjamin Franklin (the oldest delegate present) asked permission to address the assembly. At 81 years old, he had not lost his gratitude for the One who directed them during the early days of the Revolution: “…this small progress we have made after three or four weeks…is proof of the imperfection of the Human Understanding…how has it happened that…we have not once thought of applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understanding? In the beginning of the contest with Britain, when we were in sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in the room for Divine protection. Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. …I therefore beg leave to move – that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven and its blessing on our deliberation be held in this assembly every morning. …”
These comments were put into a formal motion that passed. Very shortly after this, a breakthrough was achieved, resulting in the writing of our American Constitution – the longest standing constitution in the history of the world. (Every day since Benjamin Franklin’s call for illumination from God, Congress has opened with prayer.)”
–Adapted from the article Show Me the Proof: A Historical Look at How Prayer Turned the Tide in U.S. History by David Kubal in the Premiere Issue of Prayer Connect magazine.
Today, please pray for Education in our nation: Pray for biblical standards, love for children and gifted teachers and administrators. “When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law” (Matthew 7:28-29). See also: Deuteronomy 4:9; Proverbs 10:14.
Today, Father, we lift up our children, teachers, administrators and schools, asking that biblical standards and truth will once again be foundational to education. Help parents and educators to work together in harmony for the best possible outcomes and futures for our children and grandchildren. We ask You to make a way for every child, whether educated in a public school, alternative school or at home to be given every opportunity to reach their full potential. Continue to raise up godly educators who will be examples of integrity and who will speak and teach the truth.
***On November 14th we will transition back to our regular Connection! devotions format, which has been devoted to praying for our nation over the past 40 + days. PLEASE do not stop praying for the nation! The prayer is not about the election – it is about seeking God on behalf of America. 2 Chronicles 7:14.
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