event actually happened in the Kansas House (not Senate) in Topeka
on January 23, 1996. Joe Wright is the pastor of Central
Christian Church in Wichita and was guest chaplain that day.
He prayed a prayer of repentance that was written by Bob Russell,
pastor of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. According to an article in the Kansas City Star from January 24,
1996, his prayer did stir controversy and one member of the
legislative body walked out. Others criticized the
prayer. The controversy didn't end there. Later that
year in the Colorado House, Republican representative Mark Paschall
angered lawmakers by using Joe Wright's prayer as the
invocation. Some members there also walked out in
Paul Harvey did air the story and the prayer. He got such a
large response that a phone number was set up to handle the
calls. He's aired it a couple more times since.
Thought you might enjoy this interesting prayer given in Kansas at the opening session of their Senate. It seems prayer still upsets some
When Minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas
Senate, everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but this is what they
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 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 pluralism; We have worshipped other gods and
called it multiculturalism; 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 self-esteem; We have abused power and called it political
savvy; 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 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 this state and who
have been ordained by You, to govern this great state of Kansas. Grant
them your wisdom to rule and may their decisions direct us to the center
of Your Will.
I ask in 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 "The Rest of the
Story" on the radio and received a larger response to this program
than any other he has ever aired.
With the Lord's help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and
wholeheartedly become our desire so that we again can be called one
nation under God.
If possible, please pass this prayer on to your friends.
"If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for