This moving call to prayer from Benjamin Franklin might also be helpful in America's current time of economic suffering and unending wars. Franklin continued: "And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? 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 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, and that one or more of the Clergy of the City be requested to officiate in that service."
Prayer became an important custom that is practice in public venues still today. But prayer is under assault like never before in our history. U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb, in a twisted ruling, recently declared that the government proclaiming a National Day of Prayer violates the establishment clause of the First Amendment. This judicial activist is attempting to reinterpret the Constitution and rewrite nearly 250 years of American history.
The First Amendment to the Constitution states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." For most of our nation's history, this clause was understood to prohibit the official establishment of a specific church. At the time of the ratification of the Constitution many of the colonies had official religions. The First Amendment precluded the federal government from interfering with that relationship or establishing an official church at the national level.