A Prayer for Courage on an Anniversary of Evil

A prayer I offered in 2012 front of an assembly from several nations in Kabul for Patriot Day (September 11):

O God, Creator of all, Sustainer of life, our Refuge from disaster, we commemorate today an event that awakened a nation and that forced awareness of vulnerability upon a world. As a nation, the United States of America sank to its knees in prayer as we reeled with disbelief. Even so, hundreds of citizens immediately responded, many dying themselves as they struggled to save those trapped within the targets of the terrorists.

Today we pray that you will restore our hope, that you will renew our faith, that you will energize us to defend liberty to speak, to worship and to assemble.

May we have the courage, when faced with evil, to stand firm in freedom, resisting the urge to retreat into authoritarianism and oppression.

Thousands have given their lives striving to counteract the violent destruction of September 11, 2001. Many more have grieved their losses but celebrated their achievement. We thank you, God, for our international friends who stood beside us in our darkest hours and who continue to fight beside us. Bless and protect them. Sustain the people of this land (Afghanistan) as they recover from decades of fighting. Give them a vision of freedom and grant us all the wisdom to help them walk the paths that will lead to its realization.

About Michael Summers

Michael Waymon Summers has preached in twenty-seven of the United States as well as seven other countries. Michael earned a Master of Theology degree. He also has done graduate work in international studies. Michael likes to run, loves to sing, and reads voraciously.
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1 Response to A Prayer for Courage on an Anniversary of Evil

  1. Reblogged this on Call for Fire Seminar and commented:

    In this year where the unexpected seems to occur daily, we remember today a day when we were shocked by destruction. Wars followed that day of disaster; nineteen years later, peace talks will begin between the Afghan government and the Taliban that hope to end the first of those wars. We battle a virus now, but still we battle our fear. Let us resolve anew to pray for courage and wisdom as we seek spiritual and physical health as we decide each day whether we will follow God or surrender to evil.

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