State regulators got more than they bargained for in 1999 when they asked local minister Joe Wright to bless their session in prayer. Everyone expected the normal “politically correct” generalities that come with prayers in these situations, but what they heard instead was a stirring call to repentance and righteousness.
Heavenly Father, we come before You today to ask Your forgiveness and to 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 reversed our values.
We confess that:
We have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it pluralism.
We have worshiped 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 children 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 had 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 to direct us to the center of Your will. I ask it int he name of Your Son, Living Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Twelve years later, America needs to pray this prayer more than ever.