Lessons of Valor

1996 Invocation to the Kansas State Legislature

In 1996, Joe Wright, pastor of Wichita Central Christian Church in Wichita, Kansas, was invited to give the invocation at the opening of the Kansas State Legislature. When he stood up and prayed, the chamber of legislators literally shook. Here’s what he said:

“Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask for 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 lost our spiritual equilibrium. We have inverted our values. We confess that we ridiculed the absolute truth of your word in the name or moral pluralism. We’ve worshipped other gods and called it multiculturalism. We’ve endorsed perversion and we 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 have 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 have 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 ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, oh God, and know our hearts today. Try us and show us any wickedness in us. Cleanse us from every sin and set us free, and bless these men and women who have been sent here by the people of Kansas, and 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 this in the name of your son, the living Saviour, Jesus Christ.” - Joe Wright

“Almost 25 years ago that prayer caused an uproar in the Kansas State Senate. Imagine what it would do today...” - Dan MacAulay ('DannyMac' - creator of the 'Starting Right' Podcast series, Starting Right)

I am an atheist... thank God. - Dave Allen

Faith is not bereft of reason. - Ravi Zacharias

I talk to God but the sky is empty. - Sylvia Plath

I find your lack of faith disturbing. - Darth Vader

A man of courage is also full of faith. - Marcus Tullius Cicero

To God, thy country, and thy friend be true. - Bill Vaughan

God Bless America, written by Milton Berlin. - Archie Bunker

You have as much laughter as you have faith. - Martin Luther

Faith held solely is the beginning of action. - Unknown

Faith is believing what you know ain't so. - Mark Twain

The prospects are bright as the promises of God. - Adoniram Judson

We have to pray on behalf of those who do not pray. - Mother Teresa

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Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore. - The Wizard of Oz

Whatever I cannot do for God's glory must be avoided. - A.W. Pink

I have much more faith in a kind man than I do in mankind. - Unknown

God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers. - Jewish Proverb

Because you know He can, you can pray with holy confidence. - Mark Batterson

Talent is a loan from God for the relief of man's estate. - Jelal Ad-Din

Praise is a rebuke to the man whose conscience alloweth it not. - Eliza Cook

God does not require we be successful, only that we be faithful. - Mother Teresa

Praise adds nothing to beauty - makes it neither better nor worse. - Marcus Aurelius

You can hear the footsteps of God when silence reigns in the mind. - Sathya S Baba

If God had wanted me otherwise, he would have created me otherwise. - Johann von Goethe

Speaking ill of others is a cheap, dishonest way to praise ourselves. - Unknown

Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them. - Elisabeth Elliot

A rebirth out of spiritual adversity causes us to become new creatures. - James E Faust

God predestines everything so that the purpose precedes the destination. - Myles Munroe

God grants us an uncommon life to the degree we surrender our common one. - Max Lucado

What can you say about a society that says God is dead and Elvis is alive? - Irv Kupcinet

God doesn't comfort us to make us comfortable, but to make us comforters. - Billy Graham

All effort is in the last analysis sustained by faith that it is worth making. - Ordway Tead

I am afraid the clergyman's God is often the head of the clerical profession. - William R Inge

In the beginning, God created man, but seeing him so feeble, He gave him the cat. - Warren Eckstein

Never, never, never join a movement that persecutes people because of their faith. - Adrian Rodgers

The story of Easter is the story of God's wonderful window of divine surprise. - Carl Knudsen

Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness. - Billy Graham

The first time I sang in the Church choir, two hundred people changed their religion. - Fred Allen

When we talk to God, we're praying. When God talks to us, we're schizophrenic. - Jane Wagner

I'm not normally a praying man, but if you're up there, please save me, Superman! - Homer Simpson

My heart says chocolate and wine but my jeans say, for the love of God women, eat a salad. - Unknown

We are all pencils in the hand of a writing God, who is sending love letters to the world. - Mother Teresa

Most God-ordained dreams die because we are not willing to do something that seems illogical. - Mark Batterson

There's nothing like faith in God to help a fellow who gets booted around once in a while. - Jackie Robinson

It is safe to tell the pure in heart that they shall see God, for only the pure in heart want to. - C S Lewis

Love, like a chicken salad or restaurant hash, must be taken with blind faith or it loses its flavor. - Helen Rowland

The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet. - Frederick Buechner

The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty. - Zig Ziglar

We cannot embrace God's forgiveness if we are so busy clinging to past wounds and nursing old grudges. - T D Jakes

Mosquito: 1. A small insect designed by God to make us think better of flies; 2. The state bird of New Jersey. - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

If you do a good job for others, you heal yourself at the same time, because a dose of joy is a spiritual cure. - Ed Sullivan

This is what the Lord asks of you: only this, to act justly, to love tenderly, and to walk humbly with your God. - Bible

I am one of those cliff-hanging Catholics. I don't believe in God, but I do believe that Mary was his mother. - Martin Sheen

Prayer is not about letting God know your will; it's about completely submitting to him. You die to yourself. - Mark Batterson

Giving is more than a responsibility - it is a privilege; more than an act of obedience - it is evidence of our faith. - William A Ward

It ain't those parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand. - Mark Twain

To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. - G K Chesterton

Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it. - Abraham Lincoln

When faith replaces doubt, when selfless service eliminates selfish striving, the power of God brings to pass His purposes. - Thomas S Monson

Worship is a posture of life that takes as its primary purpose the understanding of what it really means to love and revere God. - Ravi Zacharias

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. - John Muir

God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea
And rides upon the storm. - William Cowper

A problem occurs when people want the benefits of a relationship with God without the responsibilities of a relationship with God. - Jim Herring

If I'm losing balance in a pose, I stretch higher and God reaches down to steady me. It works every time, and not just in yoga. - T. Guillemets

If God has given you a message, go and give it to the people as God has given it to you. It is a stupid thing to try to be eloquent. - Dwight L. Moody

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