The Kansas State House Prayer
In the Kansas State House in Topeka, Kansas on January 23, 1996, Joe Wright, the pastor of Central Christian Church in Wichita, was invited to pray as a guest chaplain, and read this prayer:
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 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 logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those calls responding
negatively. The church has received international requests for copies of this
prayer in counties such as India, Africa, and Korea.
Commentator Paul Harvey repeated this prayer on the radio, and he received a larger response to that program than any other he has ever aired.