Mr. Speaker, In the situation of the assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, how has it happened, sir, that we have not once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understanding?

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 with His notice, how it is probable that an empire can rise without His aid?

I therefore begthat henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberation, be held in this assembly every morning before we proceed to business.

Mr. Speaker, with this advice by Benjamin Franklin in 1787, our ancestors knelt in prayer each day before designing and drafting the powerful U.S. Constitution. We continue this wise tradition. Each morning we pray to the Almighty. Then we pledge to Flag. Then we get on with the peoples business.

We would do well to remember the words of the Old Book, Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.

And thats just the way it is.