God of Heaven,
We bring to You today our sorrow and grief for the tragedy that took place 13 years ago on September 11th, 2001. We continue to grieve for the families that lost loved ones on that terrible day, and also all those who lost police officers and firefighters to the aftereffects of smoke and debris.
We thank You for your protection from many threats before and since. We praise You for being a God who brings good out of even the most horrific happenings. Out of the terrible tragedy of September 11th grew so many good things: unity, compassion, love and support. Even as we grieve, we are thankful for these blessings. We ask for your continued healing for our country.
We again face threats from a group of people who hate us and want to hurt us. We feel fear and we wonder whether we will be attacked again like we were on September 11th. Please, Lord, protect us from those who have declared themselves our enemies. We ask You, Lord, to guide our nation in its words and deeds, that we would show the world that our strength is in You.
We pray for our leaders to have wisdom in making decisions for our country. We pray that they will turn to You for wisdom, guidance and hope. Make it clear to them the path that leads to You. Thank you for this great nation of freedom and liberty.
We confess that we have sinned against You in many ways, both as individuals and as a nation. We turn from those ways and ask You to forgive us. Thank you for your mercy toward us that we could never deserve.
In Jesus’ name,