The Prayer of A Little Girl
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Index of Sermons On Prayer
001 - God's House Should Be A House of Prayer
002 - Building The Church Through Prayer
003 - Prayer of Confession, The
004 - Paul Prays For His People
005 - Authentic Intimate Prayer
006 - Hindrances To Prayer
007 - How To Pray As You Read The Bible
008 - Should We Pray Publicly In The Name of Jesus?
009 - What To Pray For Your Children
010 - x
011 - Praying For Results --- Like Jabez
012 - Daniel's Prayer Life
Other Items On Prayer
God's Answer To Our Prayers, May Differ From Our Desires.
When You Pray --- Do You Really Talk To God?
The Lord's Prayer --- Do You Qualify To Pray It?
Jim --- Just Checking In
The Prayer of A Little Girl
Prayer For Repentance
When Pastor Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate, 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, a number of legislator walked out during the prayer. In six short weeks, Central Christian Church 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.
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 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, 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,
Joe Wright's Account of What Happened
On Monday evening, January 22, I received a phone call about 10 p.m. from Rep. Tony Powell in Topeka. He knew I was coming to the capital the next day to attend some anti-casino gambling meetings. He asked if I would have the morning prayer as the guest chaplain to open the State House session.
As I sat down late that evening to prepare the prayer for the next morning, I thought about what I needed to include.
That Sunday at church was "Repentance Sunday" and our whole service was centered around searching our hearts and examining our lives. Sitting in my office at home, I remembered that approximately a year ago I had seen a prayer written by a preacher friend, Bob Russell, in Louisville, Kentucky, called "A Prayer of Repentance." I located it and pulled excerpts to help me prepare what I would present the next morning.
Never in my wildest dreams did I expect what the response would be.
What Happened That Morning
I arrived only minutes before I was introduced as the guest chaplain. I quickly stepped to the podium, bowed my head and prayed verbatim what I had written down in front of me. I made no other comments. Immediately following the "amen," I walked out of the room to attend my meeting. It was not until an hour later, when some of the congressmen who were interested in helping us fight the gambling issue joined us for lunch, that I first heard about the "firestorm" that broke out in the House after I left.
Evidently, three or four of the legislators came forward upon my exit and grabbed the mic and ranted and raved about how my prayer had offended them and some of their constituents. The rest is history!
Over 1,100 messages have come through our church switchboard from across the state and nation! Most of those calling are not members of our church, but rather people out at the grassroots who are almost unanimously thrilled to hear the report that the uncompromising truth of God was spoken clearly in our stateís political arena in Topeka. God has received magnificent glory these past few days. Praise His name!
But isnít it heartbreaking that we live in an age where what should normally and even essentially be expected from a preacher and every Christian, is so rare that it is applauded? Please think about that. Every one of us who have experienced Godís marvelous grace should always be ready and willing to stand up and speak boldly of him at every opportunity afforded us! Letís do it!
Joe Wright Topeka Kansas January 23, 1996
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