OKWU President, Dr. Everett Piper was invited to deliver a prayer at the Oklahoma City National Day of Prayer event on behalf of educators. Below is the prayer he delivered:
This is a prayer of confession and repentance. I offer it with a sober spirit and contrite heart. My profession, education, has failed our culture and its children and I ask you to join me in seeking God’s forgiveness today as we pray:
Oh God, of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; Creator of heaven and earth; Triune God who walked among Peter, James and John; The Word made flesh and dwelling among us; omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent Lord; We come before you and plead for forgiveness for what we have taught our children.
Forgive us for teaching them that evil is good and good is evil, that darkness is light and light is darkness, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.
Forgive us, God, for teaching them that left is right and right is wrong.
Forgive us, Heavenly Father, for teaching our sons and daughters to celebrate the original sin rather than repent of it; to eat of the fruit seeking to become as God; defiantly rising up to define what is true and false, just and unjust, male and female; good and bad. Forgive us for believing that we are ones we’ve been waiting for and that we are the change we seek.
Forgive us, Jesus, for teaching our children that a career is more important than character, that money is more important than morality, and that information is more important than integrity.
Forgive us, Holy Spirit, for accommodating lies rather than pursuing truth.
Forgive us God for teaching young men to view young women as nothing but objects of recreation for the cover of Sports Illustrated. Forgive us for teaching our young women to accept this insult to their dignity.
Forgive us for teaching the generation that follows us that it has the authority to define life for the generation that follows it. Forgive us for teaching them that “choice” gives them the power to take away the right of the weak to choose.
Forgive us Holy God for teaching sexual promiscuity in our schools more effectively than we have taught sexual restraint to our students. Forgive us for teaching self-esteem better than we have science and civics. Forgive us for teaching values clarification more than virtue. Forgive us for diminishing the value of marital fidelity and leaving our culture clueless as to how to defend the definition of marriage.
Forgive us God for our self-refuting duplicity of teaching our children that the tolerant do not tolerate those they find intolerable and that it is not hateful to hate those they find guilty of hate.
Forgive us for dumbing down the definition of a human being to nothing but the sum total of his or her sexual inclinations; to nothing but appetites, proclivities and passions.
Forgive us for boasting of freedom while yet living in bondage to our own deception. Forgive us for championing civil liberties while yet ignoring the human rights promised to us by Scripture and our own Constitution. Forgive us for teaching that women should not be subjected to the power and the passions of men but then electing men who publically use women for their personal passions.
Forgive us for separating head from heart and fact from faith. Forgive us for severing belief from behavior and religion from reason. Forgive us for “removing the organ and yet demanding the function” – for creating “men without chests” – for the foolishness of “gelding the stallion and bidding him be fruitful.”
Forgive us for teaching our children to worship government more than God and to trust in Caesar more than Christ.
God, we ask you to forgive us for what we have taught our children. We ask that you rescue them from the ugly hell or our own making. We humbly petition you to grant a reprieve of your judgment. We ask that you give our sons and daughters liberty in Christ and rescue them from the bondage of our arrogance and pride.
Please save our kids, Oh Lord, from our lies and grant them freedom in your Truth.
In the name of Jesus Christ, The Way, The Truth and the Life, we pray:
God forgive us for what we have taught our children!