After Kurt Gerhard's prayer ceremony, members of Congress worked for about three minutes, and then went home. Gerhard's prayer proved to be profoundly impotent.
Proof that prayer has no power to make concrete changes came from Episcopal priest Kurt Gerhard, who stood before the U.S. House of Representatives to hold an unconstitutional official government prayer worship ceremony. As part of this congressional worship, Gerhard called upon the powers of his deity to manipulate the minds of the members of Congress.
His mystical incantation:
“O Lord our God, creator and sustainer of all nations and people,
On this day, bless the Members of this House with anger at the injustice, oppression and exploitation of people so that they can work for justice, freedom and peace.
Bless them with enough foolishness to believe that they can make a difference in the world so that they can do what others claim is impossible.
Bless them with the humility to know that they can be wrong so that they can respect the perspectives of others.
Bless them with frustration with the way things are so that they will be motivated to create new solutions.
Send Your Spirit of courage and understanding upon each Member of this 111th Congress so that they will hold fast that which is true and serve these United States of America with glory and honor.
We ask this all in Your Holy Name.
So, what happened? Were the members of Congress infused with new supernatural dedication toward doing their jobs?
No. After Kurt Gerhard’s prayer ceremony, members of Congress worked for about three minutes, and then went home. Gerhard’s prayer proved to be profoundly impotent.