Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone
was expecting the usual politically-correct generalities, but what they
heard instead was a stirring prayer,
passionately calling our country to repentance and righteousness. The
response was immediate. A number of legislators walked out during the
prayer in protest. In six short weeks, the Central Christian Church had
logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those calls responding
negatively. The church is now receiving international requests for copies
of the prayer from India, Africa and Korea. Commentator PAUL HARVEY aired
the prayer on The Rest of the
Story on the radio and received a larger response to this program than
any he ever aired!
Heavenly Father, we come before you today to
ask Your forgiveness and to seek Your direction and guidance.
We know Your Word says,
"Woe on those who call evil good," but that's exactly what we
We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.
We confess that:
We have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it pluralism.
We have worshiped other gods and called it multi-culturalism.
We have endorsed perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle.
We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.
We have neglected the needy and called it self-preservation.
We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.
We have killed our unborn children and called it a choice.
We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.
We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem.
We have abused power and called it political savvy.
We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition.
We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it
freedom of expression.
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called
Search us, O God, and know our hearts today;
us from every sin and set us free.
Guide and bless these men and women who have been sent to direct us to
the center of Your will.
I ask it in the name of Your Son, the living Savior, Jesus Christ.