Pastor Joe Wright’s Powerful Prayer: 25 Years Later, It’s More Timely Than Ever

By JAMES ROBISON Published on May 12, 2021 – for The Stream

My cmnt: Starting (at least publicly) in the 60s the Left, using the Vietnam War as its excuse, started attacking America through the institutions of higher learning. Financed and infiltrated by Soviet Russia the anti-(American only)-war movement refused to see the distinct parallels between the Red Chinese invasion of Korea and the Russian/Chinese invasion of Vietnam. Their goal being the worldwide spread and dominion of communism.

My cmnt: Using gullible, young sexually progressive stooges in college their motto was “Make love, not war”. The film “Forest Gump” fairly accurately portrays how these Leftist thugs used and abused Jenny for sexual gratification as she went looking for love in all the wrong places. Using sex to entice teenagers and twenty-somethings is like shooting fish in a barrel. When the piper must be paid it is always in STDs, AIDS, broken families, broken hearts and abandoned children.

My cmnt: Having succeeded in ruining the Black family in America through Johnson’s Great Society evil they have now set their sights on ruining all American families. Race and sexual confusion (i.e., CRT and the whole LGBTQwerty movement) is their vehicle now rather than a war to save the Vietnamese people from decades (or more) of totalitarian rule. Racial equity and other Leftist ploys are used now by the democratic party to steal votes and turn America into a Cuban style national slum.

My cmnt: Any person with rational capabilities can see that America has done more to fight evil and promote good than any other nation on earth – ever! Democrats and the Left cannot let that stand. America was never a racist nation founded upon slavery. Parts of the South were but America, as founded, fought a costly war, in lives and treasure, to finally destroy this democrat-led institution. The Republican Party was founded to fight slavery and all kinds of evil oppression and is still doing that to this day.

My cmnt: Our problem is NOT racism but rather the entire democratic party platform. Certainly country club, large business, amoral RINOs have afflicted the party in the past and still do. These were pushed out of influence by President Trump which is why they hated him so. Christians found a home in the Republican party in 1973 when it was the only political place to battle the moral issue of our day – abortion on demand. This is the slavery issue of our day. And just like in 1860 the democrats fight true morality tooth and nail.

My cmnt: Whatever good the democratic party may have done in the past (i.e., advocating for workers rights, a clean environment, fair housing laws and the Constitutional protections guaranteed in the Bill of Rights – such as free speech) has long since been abandoned for nature worship, collectivism, welfare rights, public service unions (teachers being the worst of the bunch), sexual perversion shoved down our throats, racial preferences, speech codes, Big Tech and Big Business oppression and unabashed hatred of the Constitution.

In my 77 years, I’ve never witnessed such a challenging time for our nation. I’ve never had more reason to be concerned and to pray for the future and blessings only freedom makes possible.

Our Father in heaven wants us to live in freedom. In order to do so, we must maintain freedom’s foundation, protective boundaries led by the transforming, redemptive power of the gospel and the principles essential for freedom’s survival.

Pastor Joe Wright Stood Up

Twenty-five years ago, a courageous, concerned pastor from Kansas stood up and shared a powerful prayer before the opening session of the Kansas House of Representatives. Pastor Joe Wright obviously loved freedom, understood its importance and the necessity of repentance God calls for in order for Him to heal our nation.

Twenty-five years later, the words of Pastor Wright resound even louder.

We are all witnessing today the horrific, damaging effect of deception, disease, dissension, defeat, debt, despair, destruction and death. There’s only one Power that can restore freedom, peace, security and the blessings only freedom offers — and that is Almighty God, our Creator and heavenly Father.

If we will return to God, His blessings will return to us. He promises redemption and restoration of all that truly matters in life. God wants the best for all of us and knows how to direct us and deliver fruitfulness, fullness and meaning in life found only in the blessings freedom offers.

The Prayer

 Here is the invocation Wright delivered to the Kansas legislature. Please read and pray about every aspect shared by Pastor Wright.

“Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says: ‘Woe to those who call evil good,’ but that is 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 moral pluralism.

We have worshipped other gods and called it multi-culturalism.

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 esteem.

We have abused power and called it political savvy.

We have coveted our neighbors’ 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 fore-fathers and called it enlightenment.

Search us, Oh GOD, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free.


The Response Was Immediate

The response was immediate. A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest. In six short weeks, Central Christian Church in Wichita, where Wright served as pastor, logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those calls responding negatively. The church received international requests for copies of this prayer.

The legendary Paul Harvey reported on it and recited the prayer. (You can listen to that broadcast here.)

I just spoke with Pastor Wright, now 78 years old. He told me he is still fired up — and after a short retirement in Florida, he returned to Wichita, where he preaches every Sunday at a small church.

May a similar fire burn from all our pulpits.

Repenting From the Wickedness

Friends, let’s remember God’s promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14: “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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (emphasis added).

Pastor Wright’s prayer is a clear reference to much of the wickedness we must repent of. How can anyone push back against the wisdom offered here — the clarity of the problem and sin — and not want to be set free from such practices?

Every believer should be praying and participating to keep out of leadership those who would walk out on the truth like those deceived legislators in 1996. Work to keep from office those who are committed to or controlled by the concerns addressed in this prayer.

Because of the freedoms we have enjoyed and must be preserved, we can replace leaders in every area of American life who do not understand the danger and damage that come from the practices exposed in Pastor Wright’s prayer.

God, forgive us, set us free from the grasp of evil and heal our land. I pray not only for You, Almighty God, to bless America, but for America to bless You and all those You love and gave Your Son to redeem.

James Robison is The Stream’s founder and publisher. He is co-founder of LIFE Outreach International and co-host of LIFE Today. He’s the author of many books, including Indivisible (with Jay Richards) and Living Amazed.

2 thoughts on “Pastor Joe Wright’s Powerful Prayer: 25 Years Later, It’s More Timely Than Ever

  1. I don’t exactly see what “We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable” has to do with the rest. As something explicitly lawful, whereas there is no need to commend it there is certainly no need to disparage it and defnitely no right for a smug person to mock another for executing the moral law messily when he in his obsessive cleanness has not done one iota to rid the land of its pollution. Just think about it. It’s not like there’s a question of getting the facts wrong. “Vengence is mine saith the Lord…” so the strong don’t do anything impulsively. But criticizing the weak for doing the right thing? I have no idea how that made it in with the rest of the prayer.

    Recently, Kyle Rittenhouse killed/injured (self defense or not I don’t care) three totally depraved men who were supposed to be long lawfully put to death for their extremely wicked crimes. God will see that His justice is done, in His timing, whether the church that claims his position approves of it or not. It strikes me as arrogance to have the moral pretense of needing to ‘forgive God of his Old-Testament tendencies that come through every now and then’. Maybe I’m just misreading the line.

    I doubt that line was the reason those politicians walked out. But I wonder whether he could have gotten also half his congregation to walk out if he reversed this one line to “We have self-righteously despised those who in bitter despair took the law into their own hands.”


    1. I appreciate that you gave this blog a careful reading. You are probably right. I did give serious thought to editing out “We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable” as it did seem to be a bit too much of an effort to appear to be “fair and balanced” which is hard to do when the other side (i.e., the Libs, the Leftists, the commies, the godless, the democrats) are so completely guilty, out-of-balance, unfair and down right anarchists. The rule of law is the foundation of Western democracies and, in our case, Republics and flows from the Reformation’s attempt at establishing a true and just society. To a democrat-commie-Leftist insurrection and destruction and violence are normal ways of life and his (not the grammatically incorrect “their” attempt at being inclusive) only concern is what he can get away with before he is arrested and jailed. To a Republican-Christian-Constitutionalist his main concern is preserving the nation as founded, upholding the rule of law, waiting upon the system for justice and waiting upon God to execute His vengeance when and where He will. Consequently we, on the (and in the) right must exercise caution in administering justice and retribution outside of a lawful setting.


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