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)


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God gave me my money. - John D Rockefeller

I am the punishment of God. - Genghis Khan

You cannot serve God and Mammon. - Bible

One has only to die to be praised. - German Proverb

God is not really silent, we are deaf. - Teresa of Avila

God created man, but I could do better. - Erma Bombeck

God does not play dice with the universe. - Albert Einstein

Holy Mackerel: Fish served at Church supper - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

I am at peace with God. My conflict is with Man. - Charlie Chaplin

Conceited people never hear anything but praise. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Jesus was a hiker. The wilderness was His retreat. - Toni Sorenson

Some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers. - Garth Brooks

Where God has his church, the Devil will have his chapel. - Spanish Proverb

The Bible tells us to forgive our enemies, not our friends. - Margot Asquith

Praise increases where the excellence is attained but by few. - Edward Counsel

Praise is rebuke to the man whose conscience alloweth it not. - Martin F Tupper

God may forgive your sins, but your nervous system won't. - Alfred Korzybski

Faith is a knowledge within the heart, beyond the reach of proof. - Kahlil Gibran

God made the Idiot for practice, and then He made the School Board. - Mark Twain

Where man sees but withered leaves, God sees sweet flowers growing. - Albert Laighton

In doing what we ought we deserve no praise, because it is our duty. - St. Augustine

Pray that success will not come any faster than you are able to endure it. - Elbert Hubbard

I deepen my experience of God through prayer, meditation, and forgiveness. - Marianne Williamson

Only faith in Christ gives rise to a culture contrary to egotism and death. - Pope John Paul II

Prayer is the difference between the best we can do and the best God can do. - Mark Batterson

My favourite characters in the Bible are King David, Delilah and Charlton Heston. - Milton Berle

I am totally convinced the Christian faith is the most coherent worldview around. - Ravi Zacharias

Easter is the demonstration of God that life is essentially spiritual and timeless. - Charles M Crowe

God gave us the gift of lie; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well. - Voltaire

Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking. - Khalil Gibran

In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then He made school boards. - Mark Twain

Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all. - George Washington

Faith handles the ultimate incongruities of life, humor handles the more immediate ones. - William S Coffin

Hope is like peace. It is not a gift from God. It is a gift only we can give one another. - Elie Wiesel

They went into my closets looking for skeletons, but thank God, all they found were shoes. - Imelda Marcos

I don't see anywhere in the Bible where it says you shouldn't get breast implants. - Carrie Prejean

Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better. - Andre Gide

Don't tell God that you have a big problem, tell your problem that you have a big God :) - Unknown

Faith goes up the stairs that love has built and looks out the window which hope has opened. - Charles H Spurgeon

The praise of others may be of use in teaching us, not what we are, but what we ought to be. - Julius C Hare

There are those who want to get all they can from God instead of giving all they can to God. - Unknown

Five main components of worship: the Lord's Supper, teaching, prayer, praise, and giving. - Ravi Zacharias

Sometimes you cannot worship from your strength but you must choose to worship from your faith. - Unknown

Just as Jesus created wine from water, we humans are capable of transmuting emotion into music. - Carlos Santana

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived. - George S Patton

Praise is but virtue's shadow; who courts her,
Doth more the handmaid than the dame admire - Robert Heath

The chicken probably came before the egg because it is hard to imagine God wanting to sit on an egg. - Unknown

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

Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted in spite of your changing moods. - C S Lewis

Pursuing a God-ordained passion, no matter how crazy it seems, is the most responsible thing you can do. - Mark Batterson

I cannot work; I cannot speak; I cannot live or love as I should, unless God's wisdom lights my path. - David Jeremiah

God trained Moses in a palace to use him in a desert. He trained Joseph in a desert to use him in a palace. - Ravi Zacharias

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

God made woman beautiful and foolish; beautiful, that man might love her; and foolish, that she might love him. - Tara Reid

More than anything else, prayer enables you to see your own heart and brings you into alignment with God's heart. - Ravi Zacharias

True faith rests upon the character of God and asks no further proof than the moral perfections of the One who cannot lie. - A.W. Tozer

A group becomes a team when each member is sure enough of himself and his contribution to praise the skills of the others. - Norman G Shidle

The symbolic want in their material possessions is only a small spec of the massive blob of need in their spiritual dilemma. - Ravi Zacharias

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. - Romans 8:28

We regard God as an airman regards his parachute; it's there for emergencies, but he hopes he'll never have to use it. - C S Lewis

God is dead: but considering the state the species Man is in, there will perhaps be caves, for ages yet, in which his shadow will be shown. - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Where God guides He provides. He is not responsible for expenses not on His schedule. He does not foot the bill when we leave His itinerary. - Vance Havner

The more the diamond is cut the brighter it sparkles; and in what seems hard dealing, there God has no end in view but to perfect His people. - Thomas Guthrie

Be yourself no matter what other people think. God made you the way you are for a reason. Besides, an original is always worth more than a copy! - Unknown


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