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On the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attack on America, The Zwemer Center for Muslim Studies at Columbia International University is calling on churches across the United States to pray for the salvation of Muslims.
The 9/11 anniversary this year falls on a Sunday, making it an ideal time for Christians to unite in prayer.
“A Call to Prayer: Moving from Fear to Faith,” is supported by Christian leaders across the nation including Dr. Jerry Rankin, the director of the Zwemer Center; Robertson McQuilkin, the president emeritus of Columbia International University; author and pastor John Piper; Crawford Loritts, pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Atlanta; and Steve Richardson, president of the missions agency Pioneers.
A free video that introduces the event is being made available to churches. For more information on “A Call to Prayer: Moving from Fear to Faith,” and how to download the video, visit http://www.ciu.edu/muslimstudies/prayon9/11.
On the first anniversary of the 9/11 attack, CIU Professor Emeritus Dr. Terry Hulbert prayed the following prayer at a CIU Chapel service. Though a few references may be outdated, you may find it a helpful guide to your prayers on the 10th anniversary:
You saw it all, Lord, on that other bright, September morning. . . . when a few men in four planes changed our worlds. The rubble has been cleared away, but the pictures are forever seared in our memories. Memories of the nearly three thousand men and women and children who were dashed into eternity that day. Today we honor their memory. We grieve with their families, standing with them in the stillness of their loss.
We would also stand with Jeremiah, Lord, on that 9.11 day twenty-five hundred years ago as he watched his beloved city and its temple crumble into dust. “My eyes fail because of tears, My spirit is greatly troubled; my heart is poured out on the earth, because of the destruction of the daughter of my people.” With Jeremiah we would also call out to our world, “Is it nothing to all you who pass this way? Look and see if there is any pain like my pain.”
We know that You care, Lord, and that you understand our pain as we remember that day. But You have also told us that in everything we should give thanks, and this we joyfully do. We thank You Lord . . .
Lord, we pray that You will remind us to “to look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen, for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen, are eternal.”
Father, we would also stand with Jeremiah as he remembered that day of Jerusalem’s destruction: “This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Thy faithfulness.”
As we remember with sorrow this awful day in our past, we look forward with joy to that awesome day in the future, when Messiah will return to Jeremiah’s city to restore and to rule.On this day of remembering we remember Your love, and that all you do is for your glory and our good.
We have come to You in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
“Even so, Lord Jesus, Come quickly.”
Terry Hulbert, September 2002