On January 23, 1996, Pastor Joe Wright (Central Christian Church in Wichita, KS) stood before the Kansas legislature and offered up this prayer.  It is now more than 22 years since Pastor Wright took a bold stand for the LORD, and his prayer is more appropriate now than it was then.  It is time to stand up for the values set forth in the Scriptures.  I have taken this prayer and made two very small changes so that I could adapt it to our country, rather than just the State of Kansas.  Those changes will show the original words used in parenthesis.  Thank you, Pastor Wright, for standing up for righteousness.  May we all take notice and make that bold step in our own lives.

Heavenly Father, we come before You today to ask for Your forgiveness and to seek Your direction and guidance. 

We know Your word says, “Woe to those who call evil good,” but that is 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 in the name of ‘moral pluralism.’ 

We have worshipped other gods and call it ‘multi-culturism.’ 

We have endorsed perversion and called it ‘an alternative lifestyle.’ 

We have exploited the poor and called it ‘a lottery.’ 

We have neglected the needy and called it ‘self-preservation.’ 

We have rewarded laziness and called it ‘welfare.’ 

In the name of ‘choice,’ we have killed our unborn. 

In the name of ‘right to life,’ we have killed abortionists. 

We have neglected to discipline our children and called it ‘building esteem.’ 

We have abused power and called it ‘political savvy.’ 

We’ve coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ‘taxes.’ 

We’ve polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it ‘freedom of expression.’ 

We’ve ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it ‘enlightenment.’ 

Search us, O God, and know our hearts today. 

Try us, and show us any wicked 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 the United States of America (Kansas) and who have been ordained by You to govern this great country (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.