Monday, 29 August 2011

of A Renewed Call to Penitent Prayer

"If my people, 
who are called by my name, 
will humble themselves and pray 
and seek my face 
and turn from their wicked ways, 
then I will hear from heaven 
and will forgive their sin 
and will heal their land."  
2 Chronicles 7:14

I received an email from a dear friend. Though it had been around before, for some reason this time it made me sit up and take note. It contained what was reportedly an actual prayer by a minister by the name of Joe Wright as he opened a session in the Kansas senate. It all sounded good, but as the expression goes, "Buyer Beware." [According to the Apostle Paul, not everything we read on the Internet is necessary true.....ha, ha, grin, grin]. However, since I liked his prayer and hoped that it was in fact true, I did a little online searching to check it out. According to it actually did happen in the Kansas House (not senate) on January 23, 1996. I also found some videos on YouTube to support this. Here's the prayer:  
Heavenly Father, We come before You today to ask Your Forgiveness and seek Your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, ''Woe to 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; try us and see if there be some wicked way 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 this state and who have been ordained by You, to govern this great state of Kansas. Grant them your wisdom to rule and may their decisions direct us to the center of Your Will. I ask in in the name of your Son, The Living Savior, Jesus Christ.
Here are my thoughts on this: 
  • With our society and economy so screwed up today, isn't it time to revisit Joe Wright's prayer and make it our own? 
  • Isn't it time that we get over our prideful selves, get on our knees in humble and penitent prayer, not just for our personal sins, but also for our national sins?
  • Could it be that God's promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14 still rings true for the world today?
  • Is there still hope for our respective nations, or are we all simply in a societal death watch?
  • Have we simply become lethargic and no longer care?
Hmm, I wonder.

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