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Benjamin Franklin the Diest and Prayer I

One of the most famous deists was Benjamin Franklin.  A deist believes that god (or God) is like a watchmaker.  He has wound up the clock and placed it on a shelf.  Thus, there is no reason to pray.  But in 1787 at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin, the deist, proposed that the meetings be opened in prayer.  He wrote  "How has it happened that we have not, hitherto once thought of humbling applying to the Father of Lights to illuminate our Understandings?"  When his request for prayers was turned down he lamented "The Convention except for three or four Persons, thought Prayers unnecessary!"

Lord God Almighty, may we always open our meetings with prayers, seeking to do your will.



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