THE PRAYER THAT SHOCKED THE WORLD
(Editor’s Note: The editorial below is a forwarded material from an avid Madyaas Pen reader, Dr. Raphy A. Tayco. Madyaas Pen editorial board found it too valuable and deserving for others to read for their consideration. Therefore, it has decided to publish it for its New Year 2011 issue. It is our fervent wish that this piece will touch our people’s lives leading to economic prosperity, national peace, and contentment in our times.)
This Pastor has guts!
"Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask for your forgiveness and to seek for 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 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 abused power and called it politics.
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. Amen!"
The response was immediate. A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest.
In six (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 others he has ever aired.
With the Lord’s help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and whole-heartedly become our desire so that we again can be called: "one nation under God."
If possible, please pass this prayer on to your friends. "If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for everything."
Think about this: If you wish, you may share this prayer to your Friends and Love Ones and to everyone so it would be heard by the world. /MP