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A Kentucky pastor shocked lawmakers when he opened a recent session of the state legislature. Hershael York, pastor of Buck Run Baptist Church in Frankfort and a professor at Southern In the session, the Governor was scheduled to speak to lawmakers explaining why he wanted them to expand gambling in the state. In his prayer, Pastor York prayed specifically against the expansion, asking lawmakers and the governor “never resort to leverage vice and avarice to pay our bills.”

Some of those present accused the pastor of trying to use prayer to encourage lawmakers to make decision consistent with God’s “eternal character and will.” York told reporters that if he is invited back, he will pray what is on his mind. He said, “It strikes me that they really want (in the legislature) is a meaningless prayer. If you pray a meaningless prayer, no one objects, But if you pray something meaningful, something that really is the desire of your heart, or if you even pray in the name of Jesus, there are some members who object.”

--Pastor not inclined to ‘meaningless prayer’, http://www.onenewsnow.com/Culture/Default.aspx?id=1522860 ; January 26, 2012, Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell.

Matthew 6:7-8 (GW) “When you pray, don't ramble like heathens who think they'll be heard if they talk a lot. (8) Don't be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

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