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The original prayer was delivered January 23, 1996 by the Rev. Joe Wright to
the Kansas House of Reprentatives in Topeka.

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 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 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 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.

After the prayer was finished, 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.

2Chron 7:14  If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble
themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways;
then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their

There is no other way for a true christian to end a prayer-- only in the name of
Jesus! We must lift up the name that is above every name! If we do not pray in
Jesus' name, who will? The liberal?

Praise God for the boldness of those pastors out there who are not ashamed of
the Gospel, who will still stand up for the truth found only in God's Holy Word
and who will pray in Jesus' name. We, as Christians, should never compromise
our beliefs or message. For it is ONLY in preaching the truth that souls
can be won for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the
power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first,
and also to the Greek.
Further Reading:

The Greatest Sin
Laying Up Treasures
Taking Prayer Out of the Schools
Regarding Marriage- Where Does Your Senator Stand?
Recipe For A Healthy Marriage
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