Date: 	Sat, 27 Jan 2001 17:57:52 -0500	

This was sent to me by a friend.
Thought you might enjoy this interesting prayer
given in Kansas at the opening session of their Senate.

It seems prayer still upsets some people.
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 heard:

"Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask 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 ours spiritual equilibrium and reversed 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 alternative lifestyle;
We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery;
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 politics;
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, Oh, 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 to direct us 
   to The center of Your will 
and to openly ask these things 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 his radio program, 
The Rest Of the Story," 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 everything."