This interesting prayer was given in Kansas, USA, at the opening session of their Senate.
It seems prayer still upsets some people.
When 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 reversed our values.
* We have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it Pluralism.
* We have worshipped other gods and called it multiculturalism.
* We have endorsed perversion and called it alternative lifestyle.
* 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 abortionists and called it justifiable.
* We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem.
* We have abused power and called it politics.
* We have embezzled public funds and called it essential expenses.
* We have insitutionalised bribery and called it sweets of office.
* We have coveted our neighbor’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-honored 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.
The response was immediate. A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest.
In 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.
There are many reasons why God’s plan for man is not being realised, but the main one is very easy to see.
Many Christians simply do not believe in the Bible! And even if they do believe in the Word of God via the Bible how many Christians actually read the Bible in their daily lives?
For many Christians the only connection that they have with the Bible is when a passage or passages is read from the Bible during the Sunday Service in their church!
But like Israel who could not enter the Promised Land because of unbelief, we suffer from tremendous unbelief today. We say we believe in the Bible but one look at the Church shows that we do not.
And another problem equally as bad is that the Church is not being led by the Holy Spirit it’s being led by religious spirits, mostly in human form.
And in some churches that I have visited, the congregations appear to give greater worship and reverence to the people leading the Service than to God and the Holy Spirit.
Often it is all about personalities. And ego. When in a prayerful mode we need to ask that the Holy Spirit work in us and through us. We need to decrease and allow the Holy Spirit to increase within us.
Yet, sadly, many Church officials, including some Ministers, do not give all the glory and honour to our Father God, which is due to Him. But, instead, they feel that they are in a high place of authority within their church and that those worshipping in their church should pay homage and respect to them, rather than to God.
The Holy Spirit wants to work with Ministers and Lay Preachers so that they can speak His words to the Church congregation when giving their sermons.
He does not want them to read out their sermons in parrot-fashion; the Holy Spirit wants to inspire them so that they can speak, without notes, to give His message to all those eager to hear what He has to say.
But very few Ministers and Lay Preachers have the confidence – or ability – to do so. Some Ministers of my acquaintance even prepare their prayers in advance of the Service and read them!!
Many years ago one truly inspirational evangelist – Kathryn Kuhlman – preached at meetings in America where many many thousands of people would attend. People would queue for several hours before the doors of the auditorium were opened and the meetings themselves often lasted for more than three hours.
Although Kathryn passed away in 1976 I have watched numerous videos of her meetings on YouTube – and, to us in the 21st century, what she did is absolutely amazing and almost beyond belief.
Kathryn – through the Holy Spirit – was able to heal virtually any disease or illness, however minor or serious.
Those in need of healing would come up to the stage and Kathryn would say a few words to them, and ask them from what they were suffering. And, almost instantaneously, so it seemed anyway, they would fall backwards and on to the floor.
There were always several men behind the person receiving healing to catch them so that they did not hurt themselves when they fell backwards.
It was very dramatic but also very effective.
People who had long medical histories of ill health were cured and their cures were testified by their own physician!
Kathryn always said that it was not her that did the healing – but the Holy Spirit.
Please take a look at this video:-
I found it very interesting – and I am sure you will too.
Being the founder/administrator of the Holy Spirit group on Facebook I am in the fortunate position of receiving wonderful information about how the Holy Spirit is empowering certain Ministers/Preachers throughout the world.
Some of what I am told – both publicly and privately – are almost beyond belief and certainly beyond most people’s understanding.
With many peaceful blessings
The time of Pentecost represents a very important revelation of the Holy Spirit!
Fifty days following Passover and the death of Jesus on the cross at Calvary, the feast of Pentecost was celebrated; when the Jews celebrated how God had given their religious laws to Moses.
The Disciples were waiting in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit to come and baptize them as Jesus had told them previously.
Whilst they were waiting they all agreed to replace Judas Iscariot, who had betrayed Jesus, with a new disciple.
The disciples prayed for guidance and – after taking a vote – they decided to choose Matthias. Now they were again twelve in number as Jesus had originally intended.
The twelve disciples then became known as the Apostles. The word Apostle means someone who has many spiritual gifts, including the speaking in tongues.
The apostles were in the middle of their Pentecostal feast when suddenly a loud sound, like a fierce wind, filled their ears.
All the apostles felt alive and full of energy, totally revitalized, and as they looked at each other in amazement and wonderment, they saw that every apostle had a tiny flame hovering over their head.
“The Holy Spirit has arrived”, they exclaimed and they were even more astonished to discover that they were all speaking in different languages.
They all felt as though they had unlimited energy, courtesy of the Holy Spirit, and they ran excitedly out into the nearby streets giving thanks to God in many different languages.
Some were preaching about God in Greek; whilst others were preaching about Jesus in Latin. And some were praising the Holy Spirit in Arabic.
It was the tradition that many people from the surrounding countries visited Jerusalem at the time of Pentecost.
And when these people from foreign lands heard the apostles preaching with the mighty power of the Holy Spirit, they marvelled, one to another:
“These men are only from the area of Galilee. So how is it that they can speak our language fluently?”
But some people just laughed and made fun out of the apostles by saying that they were only drunk!
But when they heard Peter preaching everyone felt an emotional stirring because of his vibrant passion.
“Most certainly we are not drunk, far from it”, Peter joked. “We are followers of Jesus of Nazareth. He has come back from being dead. We have seen him with our own eyes! And today the Holy Spirit has descended upon us, which is why you are able to understand what we are saying in your own language.”
And Peter continued, “Those of you who are truly sorry for all the sins that you have committed may receive God’s blessing today. Will you join us?”
And that very day, following Peter’s preaching and teaching more than 3,000 people were baptized and became followers of Jesus.
This was the foundation of the Christian Church.
The Pentecostal account is to be found within the first and second book of Acts in the Bible.
Acts 1: 15-16 tells us:
In those days Peter stood up among the brothers (the company of persons was in all about 120) and said, “Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus.”
And Acts 1: 14 says:-
All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary, the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.
The description of the Holy Spirit’s powerful presence in the Upper Room is recounted in Acts 2:1–6:-
|And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other languages, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.
Acts 2: 17-18 it says:-
And in the last days it shall be, God declares
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophecy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams,
even on my male servants and female servants
in those days I will pour out my spirit, and they
Peter also mentions (Acts 2:15) that all this was taking place on the third hour of the day (6am).
Acts 2:41-43 reports:
So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
And they devoted themselves to the Apostles teachings and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.
Peter stated that this event (Pentecost) was the beginning of a continuous outpouring that would be available to all believers from that point on, Jews and Gentiles alike.
It is believed that this Descent of the Holy Spirit occurred in the Upper Room.
The Upper Room is also known as the Cenacle and is situated in Jerusalem.
The Upper Room was first referred to in Luke 22: 12-13:-
And he will show you a large upper room furnished; prepare it there. And they went and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover.
The Upper Room next makes an appearance in Acts 1: 13-14:-
And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying. Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James.
All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus and his brothers.
The Upper Room – or Cenacle – is the place in Jerusalem where, it is believed, many of the significant events described in the New Testament actually took place. These include:-
- the preparation for the celebration of Jesus’ final Passover Meal
- the washing of the feet of his disciples
- some of the resurrection appearances of Jesus
- the gathering of the disciples following the Ascension of Jesus
- the election of Saint Matthias as an Apostle
- the descent of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost
It was a calm, windless day. Despite the weather, the members of the sailing club were hopeful they would soon be launching their boats.
Their sails were ready, but … with no wind and only calm waters, no-one was going anywhere!
Some sailors tried to manoeuvre their crafts by paddling into the open water and propelling with their hands, but they soon realised that their efforts were being wasted.
They decided to join the people in the club house and wait for the wind. It was only after several hours that a gentle breeze began to blow and soon people were in their boats. Now, with full sails, they skimmed out towards the open sea.
This scenario is a reminder of how God and the Holy Spirit can work in our lives.
The Bible sometimes describes the Holy Spirit as a rushing wind and sometimes, like the sailors, we may have to wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit.
There are occasions, from a spiritual standpoint, when nothing seems to be happening for weeks and months on end. During these waiting times we may wonder what purpose God has for us.
The impatient sailors are a reminder to us that we can do nothing without the Holy Spirit. Those sailors soon discovered that without the directing power of the wind, they were wasting their time and energy. It can be tempting for us to think we can go it alone, and not be guided by the Holy Spirit.
The people in the sailing club might have left their boats to do other things, but they were also watching for signs around them of the coming wind. No one was packing up and going home! They were waiting with a purpose.
In our times of stillness and waiting, we can watch for the signs of the Holy Spirit as He works in the Church, within the community and within the global world.
We pray and worship together, and enjoy social times with each other, in readiness for God and the Holy Spirit to move us into the pathway that they have planned for our future.
Our waiting times may have come on us due to various circumstances. The outlook seem to us to not be very encouraging. But God is always with us and He knows what we need now, and how He can use us in the future.
Those sailors on the shore anticipated their time when they could be afloat. Similarly, in our waiting times we anticipate to do the things that God and the Holy Spirit wish us to accomplish!
And the time will soon come when we are guided, prompted, incited and directed by the wind of God and the Holy Spirit and they will always move us in the right direction.
Let’s put up the sails to let God and the Holy Spirit blow afresh into our lives!
With many peaceful blessings