If you’re like me, you can’t watch the news without feeling grieved. My husband and I happened to be in Raleigh the evening of the Pride parade. We prayed for the city and for our Big God to reveal Himself to the supporters, the curious, and the deceived. On the way home God winked at us through a beautiful real rainbow!
Someone sent me Pastor Joe Wright’s prayer offered at the opening session of the Kansas Senate in 1996. It shook many of the hearers then. In light of our culture, it sounds even more radical now. Pausing a moment to pray it, or a prayer of your choice, is the best birthday gift we can offer America.
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Pastor Joe Wright’s Prayer
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.’ And that’s exactly what we’ve done.
We’ve lost our spiritual equilibrium.
We’ve inverted our values.
We confess that we’ve ridiculed the absolute Truth of Your Word in the name of moral pluralism.
We’ve worshiped other gods and called it ‘multiculturalism.’
We’ve endorsed perversion and called it ‘alternative lifestyle.’
We’ve exploited the poor and called it a ‘lottery.’
We’ve neglected the needy and called it ‘self-preservation.’
We’ve rewarded laziness and called it ‘welfare.’
Father, in the name of ‘choice,’ we have killed our unborn, and then in the name of ‘right to life,’ we’ve killed abortionists.
We’ve neglected to discipline our children and called it ‘building esteem.’
We have abused power and called it ‘political savvy.’
We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ‘taxes.’
We have 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, know our hearts today, try us and show us any wickedness in us. And then 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 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.
We’re called to pray for the world, our nation, and our leaders. We’re also called to turn from our sin and put God first. May we dedicate ourselves to obeying Him in every detail of our lives (Phil. 2:12–13).
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (James 5:16 NIV).
For a great recap on the role prayer played in our founding, check out this article at Give Him Fifteen, An Appeal to Heaven.
I’m currently listening to Letter to the American Church by Eric Metaxas. He draws chilling parallels between the American church and the churches in Germany during the early reign of Hitler.
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