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當喬爾 · 衞特牧師(Joe Wright)被邀請為堪薩斯州參議院新一屆會議開幕禱告時,每個人都以為他只會作一個例行禱告,然而這一次他們聽到的是:「天父,我們今天來到您面前懇求您的寬恕,並尋求您的方向和指引。我們知道您的話語:『那些稱惡為善的有禍了』,但這正是我們所做的。我們失去了我們屬靈的平衡和價值觀。」



當時的反應是即時的,一些上議院議員在衞特牧師還在禱告時離開會場表示抗議。在短短六週之內,衞特牧師牧會的中央基督教教會,收到超過 5,000 通電話,只有 47 通是負面的回應。該教會收到包括從印度、非洲、韓國等世界各地教會索取此禱告副本的要求。

評論員保羅 · 哈威在他的名為「故事的發展」電台節目中播放這個禱告。他收到的迴響比他其他任何曾播出過的節目更大。


When Pastor Minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but this is what they heard:

"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 values.

We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.

We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare..

We have killed our unborn and called it choice.

We have shot anti-abortionists and called it justifiable.

We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem.

We have terrorised the world and called the victims terrorists.

We have abused power and called it politics.

We have coveted our neighbour'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-honoured values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.

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

The response was immediate. A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest.

n 6 short weeks, Central Christian Church, where Rev. Wright is pastor, logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those calls responding negatively.

The church is now receiving international requests for copies of this prayer from India, Africa and Korea.

Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his radio program, "The Rest of the Story," and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired.



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