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)

God help the patient. - Lord Mansfield

I am the punishment of God. - Genghis Khan

Just praise is only a debt. - G Berkeley

Conscience is God present in man. - Victor Hugo

Adversity makes men think of God. - Livy

He was a wise man who invented God. - Plato

Faith is trust in ultimate meaning. - Viktor Frankl

Doubtful prayer is no prayer at all. - John Calvin

Trust in God - but tie your camel tight. - Persian Proverb

I gave in, and admitted that God was God. - C S Lewis

God forgives those who invent what they need. - Lillian Hellman

Music is spiritual. The music business is not. - Van Morrison

God cannot alter the past, though historians can. - Samuel Butler

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

Ask God for what man can give, and you may get it. - European Proverb

It is more difficult to praise rightly than to blame. - Thomas Fuller

He that searches for praise will often find contempt. - Norman MacDonald

Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free. - Dwight D Eisenhower

Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish. - Albert Einstein

God is at home, it's we who have gone out for a walk. - Meister Eckhart

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

When we cannot trace God's hand we can trust His heart. - Charles H Spurgeon

I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created. - Donald Trump

Don't be afraid to pray big prayers, we serve a big God. - Unknown

The laws of nature are but the mathematical thoughts of God. - Euclid

Where hope would otherwise become hopelessness, it becomes faith. - Robert Brault

The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course. - Billy Graham

I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best. - Walt Whitman

God intends to give us what we need, not what we now think we want. - C S Lewis

You may forget that you are at every moment totally dependent on God. - C S Lewis

Whatever your heart clings to and confides in, that is really your God. - Martin Luther

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

Kind hearts are more than coronets
An simple faith than Norman blood. - Alfred Tennyson

If God gets sore enough at you Edith, he could turn your jawbone into an ass. - Archie Bunker

If you are big enough for your dream, your dream isn't big enough for God. - Mark Batterson

A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it is to be God. - Sidney Sheldon

The grass withers, the flower fades
But the word of our God stands forever. - Isaiah 40:8

Reason is our soul's left hand, faith her right. By these we reach divinity. - John Donne

If a door slams shut it means that God is pointing to an open door further on down. - Anna Delaney Peale

Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you. - Saint Augustine

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

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

God gives men wisdom as he gives them gold; his treasure house is not the mint, but the mine. - Arabic Proverb

If you have a mom, there is nowhere you are likely to go where a prayer has not already been. - Robert Brault

He has great tranquility of heart who cares neither for the praises nor the fault-finding of men. - Thomas a Kempis

Deep down in me I knowed it was a lie, and He knowed it. You can't pray a lie - I found that out. - Mark Twain

You must ask for God's help. After each failure, ask forgiveness, pick yourself up, and try again. - C S Lewis

I love these little people; and it is not a slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us. - Charles Dickens

If God had wanted us to be concerned for the plight of the toads, he would have made them cute and furry. - Dave Barry

Going to Church doesn't make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile. - Billy Sunday

Man is more interesting than men. God made him and not them in his image. Each one is more precious than all. - Andre Gide

When I first open my eyes upon the morning meadows and look out upon the beautiful world, I thank God I am alive. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you are going to sin, sin against God, not the bureaucracy. God will forgive you but the bureaucracy won't. - Hyman Rickover

Treat the Lord Jesus Christ as a personal friend. His is not a creed, a mere doctrine, but it is He Himself we have. - Dwight L Moody

God put me on this earth to accomplish a certain number of things. Right now I am so far behind that I will never die. - Bill Watterson

How lawyers make work for one another! You're all priests, worshipping the same god. No wonder you adore one another. - Joyce Carol Oates

If you would do the best with your life, find out what God is doing in your generation and throw yourself wholly into it. - Arthur Wallis

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

Babies are bits of stardust, blown from the hand of God. Lucky the woman who knows the pangs of birth, for she has held a star. - Larry Barratto

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

You can sing all you want about how you love Jesus, but the consecration that doesn't reach your purse has not reached your heart. - Adrian Rogers

Prayer and the Bible became a part of my everyday thoughts and beliefs. I learned to put my trust in God and to seek Him as my strength. - Rosa Parks

Join voices, all ye living souls: ye birds,
That singing up to heaven-gate ascend,
Bear on your wings and in your notes his praise. - John Milton

Starbucks says they are going to start putting religious quotes on cups. The very first one will say, 'Jesus! This cup is expensive!' - Conan O'Brien

Our ancestors believed in magic, prayers, trickery, browbeating and bullying. I think it would be fair to sum that up as 'Irish politics'. - Flann O'Brien

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