Our Eternal Father, we approach Thee in the name of Thy Son, Jesus Christ, upon this occasion , and we desire to do so in a manner tha shall be acceptable in Thy sight. We feel, our Father, that this assemblage needs Thy Holy Spirit to be with them, they need Thy help, so that in the consideration of the great and important questions that shall enter into their discussions, they may be filled with that feeling cometh from Thee, with love for each other and for humanity, and be inspired by the highest and most patriotic motives that can fill the human breast; that in the framing of this important Constitution for this great country, they may, our Father, look constantly to Thee for that aid and help wich Thou alone can give, and that even though they may not belief in Thee (there may be some, our Father, who do not have faith in God) – yet that in their hearts there may be a desire to do that which is right for their fellowmen, and to look forward to the best interest of this country, and to do everthing that is possible to make this a great and a grand country, under a Constitution that shall be liberal in the largest acceptation of that term. Our Heavenly Father, the hearts of the people of this Territory are ventered in their desire that this Convention may be one that shall do honor to the great questions that shall be brought before it. We therefore invoke Thy divine blessing upon all connected therewith. We ask Thee to manifest Thy power, for we do feel deeply interested in the results of the debates that shall take place here; and wilt Thou remove, Father, from the breasts of these men every feeling of improper partisanship, that they may not contend for party advantage, nor to succeed ina ny direction that is not in the interests of the entire people. Help them, our Heavenly Father, we beseech Thee, and let Thy blessings rest down upon every one of them, and upon him who shall be called upon to preside, whoever he may be, that he may preside with dignity and with fairness, in the midsts of this Convention; upon the committtees that shall be appointed, that they may be filled with the same spirit and feeling and disposition, and that the whole people may rejoice exceedingly before Thee, the Lord our God, at the results of this Convention, and the spirit that shall be manifested by those who take part in its proceedings. All of which we humbly ask in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, amen.
In particular, I find Cannon's nod to the atheists in the audience fun.