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"The prayer below was given at the opening of Kansas legislature.
When Pastor Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas
Senate, everyone was expecting the usual politically correct generalities.
But, on this day, what they heard instead 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, Central Christian Church logged more than 5,000 phone
calls, with only 47 of those calls responding negatively. Commentator Paul
Harvey aired Pastor Wright's prayer in its entirety-on the radio-and
received a larger response to this program than any other program he has
ever aired. In addition, Central Christian Church has received
international requests for copies of the prayer from India, Africa, and Korea.
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'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
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
We have abused power and called it "political savvy".
We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it "ambition".
We have polluted the airwaves with profanity and called it "freedom
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
is 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.....Amen.