Repentance - 2
When Pastor Joe Wright was
asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate
(1996), everyone was expecting the usual politically
correct generalities. But, what they heard instead was a stirring prayer, passionately
calling our country to repentance and righteousness.
The response was immediate and a number of
legislators walked out during the prayer. In six short weeks, the Central Christian Church
(USA) had logged more than 5,000 phone calls, with only 47 of those calls responding
negatively. Commentator Paul Harvey aired the prayer on the radio and received a larger
response to this program than any other program he has ever aired. The Central Christian
Church is now receiving international requests for copies of this prayer from India,
Africa, and Korea.
Pastor Joe's prayer is reprinted here as an
encouragement and challenge for each of us to stand for the truth of the Gospel whenever
the Lord gives us the opportunity.
"Heavenly Father, we come before you
today to ask your forgiveness and seek Your direction and guidance. We know your Word
says, 'Woe on 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 ridiculed the absolute truth of your
Word and called it pluralism.
We have worshipped other gods and called it
We have endorsed perversion and called it
an alternative lifestyle.
We have exploited the poor and called it
We have neglected the needy and called it
We have rewarded laziness and called it
We have killed our unborn and called it
We have shot abortionists and called it
We have neglected to discipline our
children and called it building self-esteem.
We have abused power and called it
We have coveted our
and called it ambition.
We have polluted the air with profanity and
pornography and called it freedom of expression.
We have ridiculed the
of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.
Search us, O 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 here by the people of Kansas, and who have been ordained by you to govern
this great state. Grant them the 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,
Pastor Joe Wright
Kansas Senate 1996
Repentance - 3
"Father, why is the thing we
need the most, the thing we do the least? Why are most of us so busy we
don't have time? You must have many frustrated days when Your eyes roam
to and fro throughout the earth in search of someone whose heart is
completely Yours. You must weep often when You seek for a man or woman
to stand in the gap to fill the breech and find no one. Your heart must
ache at times for us, Your people, to rise up and be what You've called
us to be.
ourselves before Your throne and ask You to forgive us for our lack of
prayer. And forgive us as leaders, Lord, who have not told Your people
the truth. Forgive us as a church-the Body of Christ for allowing evil
to rule in this land when You have more than more than enough power in
our wombs to change it.
Forgive us, for
it is not Your fault, that we have a generation marked X. It is not Your
will that we kill the next generation before it takes its first breath.
It is not Your plan that we still have not overcome the principality
of hatred that divides this land.
Forgive us, Lord. Cleanse us now and break the curses we have allowed
to rule over us. Forgive us and cleanse us from the sin of apathy,
complacency, ignorance and unbelief. Wash us with the water of Your
Word. Break off of us this lethargic prayerlessness, which we justify a
thousand different ways. It really boils down to disobedience, unbelief
forgive us and deliver us. Set us free from being hearers of the Word
only, and not doers. Give us homes and churches that are founded on the
rock of obedience to Your Word. Rise up in Your people with the stubborn
tenacity that Jesus had, that the Early Church walked in. Cause us to
cast off everything that would oppose Your Spirit and move us into a
realm that pays a price and lays hold of the kingdom of God.
us with Your Spirit. Baptize us in fire. Let there be an impartation of
the Spirit of grace and supplication. Let there be an anointing that
comes from Your throne to hungry people who are tired of status quo, of
mediocrity, of death and destruction. We are tired of it, God. We are
tired of being defeated by a defeated enemy. We are tired of being held
back from our destiny, both individually and as a nation. We are tired
of lack and disease. We are tired of sin. We are hungry for something -
the God of the Bible!"
Intercessory Prayer, page 211.