Prayers of the Founders: Did Religious Devotion Bring About Miracles for America?

“The new reality ushered in by quantum physics made it possible for the first time to manipulate the invisible intelligence that underlies the visible world.  Einstein taught us that the physical body, like all material objects, is an illusion—the unseen world is the real world.”  —Deepak Chopra


Correcting the Mistakes of Progressives

Progressives have, over the years, made the Founders out to be Deists who believe in an impersonal God, the kind of God who could never respond to prayers.  Progressives, generally, seem incapable of appreciating that the Founders believed in a God who responded to the intentions of His worshipers through prayer.  Students have been taught this incorrect view by Progressives at every level of education.

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Indeed, the Founders believed in a God Who interacted with those who connected with Him through prayer.  It is known that George Washington, the Father of Our Country, prayed from 4:00 to 5:00 every morning upon rising, as well as from 9:00 to 10:00 each night before turning in.  Prayer connects one’s individual consciousness to God’s Universal Mind, by aligning one’s righteous, idiosyncratic intentions with the universal, syncretic principles embedded in the Universal Consciousness called “Nature’s God.”  But before you accuse America’s Founders of being out-of-date with respect to modernity, perhaps a comparison of their belief system to the up-to-date theories of quantum physics is warranted.


The Nature of God: A Lesson in Quantum Physics

The Founders were reflective people, and they understood that there existed an invisible world—supportive of the visible world—that worked according to universal laws and principles.  Ask any modern-day quantum physicist about the material world, and he or she is likely to answer that matter does not exist within objective reality, except as a projection of our own subjective perceptions.  According to quantum physics, objective reality is made of invisible fluctuations of energy, while subjective reality is constituted entirely of our own perceptions made visible.

george-washington_prayerTo explicate the paradigm of quantum mechanics, let us begin by explaining that your human body is actually more than 99.9999% empty space!  In reality, your body exists only as fluctuations of energy.  So, imagine this analogy: You are transported to Boston and given a tiny ball of light to hold.  You enter a pitch-dark Old South Meeting House holding this ball.

Imagine carrying this tiny sphere, at light-speed, through every inch of space inside the meeting house.  Your journey would be so fast that, to the human eye, it would seem like the entire church lit up all at once.  In truth, the tiny light could only exist at one point in space at a time, even if the church might suddenly appear totally filled with light.

The meeting house, in actuality, was at every moment filled 99.9999% with points in space that gave off no light at all.  This is the same way your body is mostly empty space as well, but with infinitesimally small particles of energy buzzing around inside it.  (Thinking of these energy particles as wave fluctuations is also valid.)  You may seem to be a creature that is solid to the touch.  Yet, at the quantum level, you are almost totally not there.  Your body is, in all actuality, close to 100% empty space.


The Double Slit Experiment and Its Implications for Prayer

But empty space is never really empty.  It is really filled up with consciousness.  During an experiment, known as the Double Slit Experiment, electrons are passed through two slits in a barrier on the way to striking a target screen.  When one tries to detect which slit an electron has passed through by close-up observation, the electron changes from behaving like a wave and producing an interference pattern upon the screen to behaving like a particle and producing two lines upon the same screen.  Unless the Universe is conscious that It is being observed, such a result makes no sense.  It might be conjectured that, when a person intends to passively observe a result, God responds by default according to a predetermined response-pattern (by behaving as a particle).  But when a person intends to actively cause a result, God responds according to the person’s intent, as long as the intent is, itself, aligned with what is possible in accordance with natural law.  By connecting to God through intention, in a state of prayer, it stands to reason that, in the course of human events, an intended outcome could be brought about by praying, especially if an entire community were to focus along the lines of a shared intention.


Prayer Saves Our Forebears from a Death-Dealing French Fleet

Three decades before the Declaration of Independence, in 1746, word reached the American colonies that a French fleet of 70 ships, commanded by the Duke d’Anville, planned to ravage the American coastline, as payback for the British and New English capture of Nova Scotia.  The Americans were alarmed by this news, especially in light of the fact that a British rescue fleet had been delayed by heavy winds and were, therefore, a week behind the French.

While New Englanders, as a matter of course, did prepare to defend themselves militarily, they also prepared spiritually by declaring October 16th to be a day of prayer and fasting.  They knew from experience that prayer could work, and they knew how to focus together as a community.  So the day of spiritual devotion went forward.  And a miracle occurred!

elderly_hands_prayerThe Reverend Thomas Prince, of Boston, prayed before hundreds of Americans from the high church pulpit of the Old South Meeting House.  It was a calm clear morning, full of sunshine, as the minister implored his God: “Deliver us from our enemy!  Send Thy tempest, Lord, upon the waters to the eastward!  Raise Thy right hand.  Scatter the ships of our tormentors and drive them hence.  Sink their proud frigates beneath the power of Thy winds!”  Scarcely had the reverend given voice to the collective intention of his community than dark clouds covered the sun.  The Old South Meeting House went from sunshine to shadow, as the wind picked up and hammered violently at the windows.  The unmanned steeple bell sounded twice, loudly!  “We hear Thy voice, O Lord!” Reverend Prince cried out.  “We hear it!  Thy breath is upon the waters to the eastward, even upon the deep.  Thy bell tolls for the death of our enemies!” Prince bowed his head, and when he lifted it up again tears were streaming down his cheeks.  “Thine be the glory, Lord.  Amen and amen!” he exclaimed.

In 1746, Thanksgiving Day came on November 27, 1746.  And Thomas Prince took the pulpit.  His sermon was called “The Salvations of God in 1746,” and it recounted the miraculous destruction of the French Fleet.  Prince deemed it to be more than merely remarkable that the enemy was destroyed on the exact same day that New Englanders had dedicated themselves to prayer.

Fifty-two years later, Reverend Jonathan French commemorated the event in a Thanksgiving sermon on November 29, 1798, saying, “A God hearing prayer, stretched forth the arm of His power, and destroyed that mighty Armament, in a manner almost as extraordinary as the drowning of Pharaoh and his host in the Red Sea.”  Americans brought up on this story felt empowered by prayer throughout America’s struggles.


Franklin’s Call for Prayer

The Framers of our Constitution understood that the invisible world was permanent and enduring, while the visible world was transitory and fragile, and thus in constant need of blessings and repair.  The freedom blueprint of limited government the Framers wished to create as a corrective to their system of government was proving to be an elusive task, until Benjamin Franklin caught the attention of George Washington and rose to his feet to ask, “[H]ow has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings?”  Franklin reminded the assembly that God had been prayed to throughout our struggles with Great Britain.  Upon conclusion of Franklin’s remarks, a motion was made, and carried, that daily prayers be said for the remainder of the Constitutional Convention.  And these prayers led to a successful outcome.


The Need for Prayer Today

Americans today should seriously consider the power of prayer and make more time to focus on the righteous American intentions to maintain freedom, exceptionalism, and peace through strength.  We lead busy lives, and the news out of Washington is beyond distressing, but we must overcome our despair and summon the energy to take positive action to keep the torch of liberty burning in this Shining City upon a Hill.  And the power of prayer must not be discounted.  It is a very American tradition to ask God for His blessings.  So, let us pray, America.  Let us pray. . . .

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