|When Pastor 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
The response was immediate - with a number of legislators walking out
during the prayer. In six short weeks Central Christian Church logged more than 5,000
phone calls, with only 47 of those calls responding negatively.
Commentator Paul Harvey aired Pastor Joe Wright's prayer on the radio and received a
larger response to this program than any other program Paul Harvey has ever aired.
In addition, Central Christian Church
is now receiving international requests for copies of this prayer from India, Africa, and
The prayer is reprinted below because the Old Man thinks it is worth reading and may
serve as encouragement for Christians... I wish we had more like him and more opportunity
to do the same:
The prayer delivered January 23, 1996 by the Rev. Joe Wright
to the Kansas House:
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 called it moral
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 neighbors' possessions and called it ambition.
We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of
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.