May 1 is National Day of Prayer here in the United States. There are many special prayer events taking place today. Here in Iowa a group will meet at the Iowa Statehouse in Des Moines at 12:00p today. I thought I would share a prayer (which some of you may be familiar) which “shook” the nation when Pastor Joe Wright of Central Christian Church offered it to open the Kansas Senate in January of 1996.
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 our spiritural 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 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, 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. Amen.