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Joe Wright's Prayer in Kansas Legislature

When Rev. 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 was a stirring prayer, passionately calling our country to repentance and righteousness. The response was immediate - with a number of legislators walking out during the prayer. In six short weeks, Rev Wright's church logged more than 5,000 phone calls, with only 47 of those calling responding negatively. Commentator Paul Harvey aired Pastor Wright's prayer on the radio and received a larger response to this program than any other program Paul Harvey had ever aired. In addition, Rev Wright's church is now receiving international request for copies of this prayer from India, Africa, and Korea. The prayer is reprinted below: Heavenly Father, we come before You today to ask Your forgiveness and seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, "Woe on those who call evil good," but that's exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and inverted our values. We confess that: *We have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it pluralism, * We have worshipped other gods and called it multiculturalism, * We have endorsed perversion and called it alternate life styles, * We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery, * We have neglected the needy and called it self-preservation, * We have rewarded the laziness and called it welfare, * We have killed the unborn and called it choice, * We have shot the 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 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 from 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. Amen.



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(posted 20 April 2003)