Kansas State Senate, January
When Minister Joe
Wright was asked to open the new session of the KANSAS SENATE, everyone
expected the usual generalities, but this is what they heard:
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 pluralism,
We have exploited the poor and called
it the lottery,
We have rewarded laziness and called
We have killed our unborn and called
We have shot abortionists and called
We have neglected to discipline our
children and called it building
We have abused power and called it
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 statement,
We have ridiculed the time-honored
values of our forefathers and called
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 and to openly
ask these things in the name of Your Son, the living Savior, Jesus Christ.
The response was immediate. A number of
legislators walked out during the prayer in protest.
In 6 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 his radio program, "The
Rest of the Story," and received a larger response to this program
than any other he has ever aired.