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Reflection:

A riot took place in Kansas a few years ago; it wasn't in a back alley or a city park—it was in the House of Representatives!

The elected officials started their session as they always did—with prayer—but the man who was asked to pray was Pastor Joe Wright. The provocative words of his prayer caused an uproar in the House.

He prayed: Heavenly Father, we come before You today to ask Your forgiveness and seek Your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, "Woe to those who call evil good," but that's exactly what we've done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and we have inverted our values. We confess that we have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it moral pluralism, and worshiped other gods and called it multiculturalism. We have endorsed perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery, and neglected the needy and called it self-preservation.

We have killed our unborn and called it choice, and shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem, and abused power and called it political savvy. We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition, and polluted the airwaves 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, O God, and know our hearts today; try us and see if there be some wicked way in us. Cleanse us from every sin and set us free.

Guide 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 it in the name of Your Son, the living Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Wow! What a prayer! Joe reminded every Representative—and us— that our culture has been deceived, and stands in need of repentance. He may as well have been pointing a gun at them by the way they responded to his prayer.

Before he had even finished, representatives were flooding the microphones to begin their angry tirades against this pastor. His prayer for pardon and wisdom quickly made its way into national headlines that read something like this: JOE WRIGHT—YOU HAVE UPSET OUR WORLD!

Telling the world that they've given sin respectable names and are in need of a Savior doesn't go over very well. That means they are sinners!

God says in 1 John 2:15-16 (KJV) says

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”

Are you willing to upset your world today? Now go out . . . and disturb the peace!

Prayer:

Father, please forgive our national leaders for corrupting our nation and rubbing it of blessings You had given to the people. Forgive us too, for supporting it because we enjoy its fruits of freedom totally opposite to Your command written in the Bible. Renew our Ives by turning us back to You, and obey Your command to proclaim the gospel to our lost nation and adulterous and wicked society before You judge this world of its inequity. Use me Lord to proclaim the gospel. I pray to You, in Jesus Name. Amen.

“Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.”

Matthew 10:34 (KJV)

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DISTURBING THE PEACE

TODAY'S DEVOTION:    MARCH 11, 2020

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