In 1787, the Constitutional Convention was on the verge of total failure. The issue: whether small states should have the same representation as large states.
From the wisdom of his 81 years, Benjamin Franklin recalled the Scriptures which says, "Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it" (Psalm 127:1), and in this hopeless situation, he offered a suggestion.
"Gentlemen," he said, "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." God heard their prayers and the conflict was soon resolved.
To this day, all legislative sessions continue to be opened with prayer, with God's blessing.