Joe Wright opened a meeting at
KANSAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES with this prayer.
I thought it was rather interesting and convicting.
He was quite brave to say this in a HOR,
and a few people walked out during it.
But it spread a lot of conviction to other
Christians who heard it over the radio and such.
I thought I'd share it...
"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 pluralism.
We have worshipped other gods and called it muilticultural.
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 child and called it choice.
We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.
We have neglected to discipline our children
and called it builing esteem.
We have abused power and called it political savvy.
We have coveted our neighbor's possesions and called it ambition.
We have polluted the air with profanity
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 any wicked way in us;
cleanse us from every sin and set us free.
Guide us 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
descisions direct us to the center of your will.
I ask it in the name of your son, the living savior,
Jesus Christ. Amen."
spoken by Joe Wright on January 23, 1996