Prayer During National Turmoil

Thursday is for Prayer

I was cleaning out some files and found this prayer for a community prayer service I took part of at the town center in Bolingbrook, IL four days after 9-11. It was a public service, but I have made a decision that whenever I participate in these types of services, I will only do so in the name of Jesus. Let’s not ever forget that the people of God need to act like the people of God no matter what is going on around us. 

Prayer in Time of National Crisis
September 15, 2001
Tuesday plus four days

Father, we come to You today because we are desperately in need of your comfort and direction.  We come to You because we have no where else to turn. We wish we had come sooner Father, but we are coming now.

            Addressing You, King David of Israel once prayed these words and we use them this day to wrap our prayers up in this day of mourning.

“Praise be to you, O LORD,
God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.
11 Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom;
you are exalted as head over all.
12 Wealth and honor come from you;
you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
to exalt and give strength to all.
13 Now, our God, we give you thanks,
and praise your glorious name. [1]

Because of Your greatness and because You are with us in our tears, we thank You for this day to gather and pray. We need You. We desperately need You. Many of us have spent too long counting years instead of making our years count for You.

We ask Father, that You would change that.  That You would work powerfully in our hearts, that You would move powerfully in our nation to make it a nation that truly is One Nation Under God, Indivisable, With Liberty and Justice for All.

We have spoken these words, many of us since childhood, and yet we have failed to invest energy and passion in pursuit of the truths to which they point us.

Father, we repent of that. We ask that in our time of mourning as a nation, that you would enable us live lives that reflect the noblest words of our heritage and of Your holy word. Would you fill our churches with men and women who desire to know You, not so our churches will be big, but that You will receive great praise. Not so our egos would be soothed but that the nations of the earth would know that we love and honor You.

Strengthen the men and woman risking their lives attempting to save those that still may be alive in wreckage of such evil.  Protect their spirits from despair as their eyes witness carnage that no human eye should see.  Give, we beseech you Father, give us leaders who will lead us not only militarily and politically and economically, but who will model a dependence and trust in You as they serve the nation. Give us leaders who will lead us spiritually.

Comfort the afflicted we pray.  Especially those who have lost loved ones.  Draw all of those who survived the attacks in New York and Washington to Yourself and cause them to live with a new found purpose for Your glory and the good of their fellow man. Do the same things in our hearts.

We pray Father, that out of this great wickedness and evil, You who are mighty and powerful, would bring about powerful change in our nation.  We do not love You as we ought. We do not serve You as we ought.  We do not desire You as we ought. But Father, would you use this time to draw us and help us to live passionately for and like Christ.

We ask all these things not on our own merit O God, but by the merit of precious blood shed by our Savior on our behalf and in the holy and precious name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

[1]The New International Version, (Grand Rapids,MI: Zondervan Publishing House) 1984.

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