US founding father who knew the value of prayer

August 9, 2014 by  
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Benjamin FranklinMost people might not give a runaway with only two years of formal education much chance of succeeding in life, but it was the start of life for Benjamin Franklin.

One of seventeen children, Ben was largely self-educated, and after running away from an apprenticeship in the printing business, he worked in England and then moved to Philadelphia, where he founded his own printing business and newspaper.

He often wrote under pseudonyms, including a character named “Silence Do good” in Boston.

“Poor Richard” was Ben’s voice for expressing his thoughts on freedom, justice, and public sprit.

Poor Richard’s Almanack, which Ben not only wrote but also published, became most widely read book after the Bible in the American colonies.

armonicaAmong his inventions were a stove that emitted more heat than a conventional fireplace, the lightning rod, bifocals, the gliding rocking chair, and a musical instrument he called the “armonica.” Franklin never patented his inventions he intended them for every one’s use.

Franklin was equally known as a leader and public-service innovator.

He helped establish the first public library in North America, a police force, a volunteer fire department, a hospital, the first garbage collection service, and an academy that became the University of Pennsylvania.

He retired from his printing business at age forty-two to pursue his “hobbies.”

During this time, he learned French, Spanish, Italian, German, and Latin; continued to invent; became interested in electricity; and worked for the colonial government. He was sent by the colonies to England in 1757 in an attempt to convince England to uphold colonial rights. When he finally realized that England would not listen to colonial complaints, he returned home in 1775 to help draft the Declaration of Independence.

At the end of the Revolution, he helped negotiate peace with England and became the first United States ambassador to France.

U.S Constitution Benjamin FranklinIn the 1780s, he was called upon to help draft the U.S Constitution.

And it was in 1787 at the Constitutional Convention that Ben took one of his most courageous stands.

The Convention was on the verge of failure over the issue of whether small states should have the same representation as large states.

The deadlock seemed hopeless. At age eighty-one, Franklin rose with a suggestion.

He was convinced that the Bible is right in saying ,

“Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labour in vain” (Psalm 127:1),

and he said:

“Gentlemen, I have lived a long time and am convinced that God governs in the affairs of men. If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? I move that prayer imploring the assistance of Heaven be held every morning before we proceed to business.”

The motion carried. And from then on prayer was offered each morning until a compromise was reached.

Benjamin Franklin

World changers know they are not the source of their own greatness.

“Your will call upon me and go and pray to me, and I will listen to you.

And you will seek me and find me, when you search for me with all your heart”

Jeremiah 29:12-13

– fwd: samuel machado

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