Praying for our Nation's Transformation
(Transcript of speech given by President Jonathan on the flagging off of the previous CAN Year of Prayer)
IN 1787 America was at a crossroads regarding the future of the country. The Constitutional Convention was on the verge of total failure over the issue of whether small states should have the same representation as large states. In this hopeless situation, 81 year-old public official, writer and scientist, Benjamin Franklin, offered a suggestion. He was convinced Scripture is right when it states, “Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it” (Psalm 127:1). So 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 round 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”.