broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not desire.”
January 23, 1996, Rev. Joe Wright of the Central
Christian Church of Kansas City, was invited to make a prayer to open
the 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.
Some legislators walked out during the prayer in protest. The media attacked him. But during the following month, more than
5,000 people phone in support of his prayer and requested copies of his
prayer. Even until this day, it still
widely spread on the internet.
“Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and
seek your direction and guidance. We
know your Word says, “Woe to those who call evil good,” but that’s exactly
what we’ve done. We have lost our
spiritual equilibrium and inverted our values. We confess that we have ridiculed the
absolute truth of your Word and call it moral pluralism.
We have worshipped 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 and
called it choice. We have shot
abortionists and called it justifiable.
We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building
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 fore-fathers and called it enlightenment.
Search us O God and know our hearts today; try us and see if there be some wicked way in us; cleanse us from every sin and
set us free. Guide and bless these men
and women who have been sent here by the people of Kansas, and who have been ordained by you, to
govern this great state. Grant them your
wisdom to rule and may their decisions direct us to the center of your
will. I ask it in the name of your
son, the living savior, Jesus Christ.