On this day in 2001, the devil incited fear, chaos and tragedy by prompting 19 men associated with a terrorist organization known as Al-Qaeda to undertake a plot against the citizens of the United States. In all, three planes were used as guided missiles, killing innocent civilians within the borders of out country. A fourth plane was also hijacked to be flown to Washington DC to inflict more damage. Several brave souls on board overtook their captors and this fourth plan crashed in a field in Pennsylvania, killing all on board but likely saving many others.
As our nation remembers, the Christian church upholds her duty and responsibility to pray for our leaders and those in authority and also to pray for our communities, fellow citizens and even our enemies.
A CHRISTIAN PRAYER ON A DAY OF NATIONAL TRAGEDY
God, the Father of all, on this day we remember our helplessness and great need for your love, care and mercy as we remember the images of chaos and destruction brought about by sin and evil and we humbly look to you to hear our prayer and grant us peace and comfort.
Place your protecting hand over us as a nation and individually. Send Your Spirit so that we would not succumb to the temptation to repay evil with evil, but give us resolve to overcome evil with good.
Guide the leaders of our country and all nations. Work in them a desire to pursue peace and stability in our world. Remove from them weakness of will and mind that would compromise and participate with evil but give them the resolve to uphold their office and punish evildoers and uphold and encourage good and so protect the lives of those that you have given into their care.
Give strength, hope and comfort to the men, women, and children who mourn and grieve remembering the loved ones that were ripped away through this senseless act of violence. Give to the victims’ families hope and healing so that the deeds of these evil men would not harden their hearts with a desire to repay evil with vengeance. Remind them of how our Lord Jesus suffered unjustly at the hands of sinful men and yet with loving compassion prayed, “forgive them, for they know not what they do,” knowing that sin and evil had deluded His murderers into acting as they did.
Turn the hearts of all people throughout the world to recognize and acknowledge your mercy and grace lavished upon us through Jesus Christ who by His death on the cross worked forgiveness for the evil of our own hearts and the wickedness worked by our own hands. Cause us to look to Him, and Him alone, for deliverance from evil and strengthen us by Your mercy and grace to believe that because He is risen from the dead and lives and reigns to all eternity, we have the promise of everlasting life in His Kingdom which has no end.
By Your Spirit, give us new hearts and minds that turn away from selfish feelings of hatred and retribution, and lead us to even love the loveless as you do so that we may reflect your light and mercy in this dark world.
All this we ask in the Name that is above all names – the Name at which every knee will bow and every tongue will one day confess that He is Lord of All – the Name of Jesus Christ your Son our Lord who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, ever One God, world without end. AMEN.