When Minister Joe Wright was
asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone
was expecting the usual generalities, but this is what they
"Heavenly father, we come before you today to ask Your
forgiveness and to seek Your direction and guidance. We
know Your Word says, "Woe to those who call evil good"
but that is exactly what we have done. 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 Plurality!!!
We have worshipped other gods and called it
We have endorsed perversion and called it alternative
We have exploited the poor and called it the
We have rewarded laziness and called it
We have killed our unborn and called it
We have shot abortionists and called it
We have neglected to discipline our children and called
it building self-esteem;
We have abused power and called it
We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called
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 it enlightenment.
Search us, Oh God , and know our hearts today; cleanse
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, we ask it in the name of Your Son, the living
Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen"
The response was immediate.
A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in
protest. In six short weeks, Central Christian Church,
where Rev. Wright is pastor, 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 this prayer from India, Africa, and Korea.
Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on "The Rest
of the Story"
on the radio and received a larger response to this
program than any other he has ever aired. With the
Lord's help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and
wholeheartedly become our desire so that we again can be
called one nation under God.