It is 15 years since the 9/11 attacks when ‘a group of small and hateful minds conspired to threaten the very fiber’ of United State and the world in general, … ‘seeking to break the’ world spirit and destroy our common good. According to President Barack Obama, ‘from the Atlantic to the Pacific, Americans were struck with grief as devastation and senseless loss of innocent human life unfolded. In the empty shadow of the World Trade Center, the remains of the Pentagon, and a charred Pennsylvania field where courageous passengers saved countless lives, what emerged from the ashes of that day was not defeat — it was the heroism, compassion, and unity of the American people, which no act of terror or hate could ever take away.’ It was indeed the most devastating attack on American soil since the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor seventy-five years ago, December 7, 1941. President Obama has declared Friday 9th to 11th September , 2016 as National Days of Prayer and Remembrance.
A total of 2,996 people were killed in America on that day and more than 6,000 others were injured by the deadliest terrorist attack in world history.
As we pay tribute to the total loss of 2, 996 people and more than 6,000 others injured and reflect on the treasured memories of the victims and their families, let us pray for mercy upon the IS and the people sponsoring them. Let us pray for the 9/11 world generation for bravery and distinction as they seek for world peace and evangelisation.
September 11 also provides opportunity for the church to repent and pray for mercy as we call the world back to God. The truth is that the church cannot call the world to repent until the church repents. We need to repent of our prayerlessness and lack of passion to the ‘lost coins,’ and ‘sheep.’ We need to repent of our unbelief and compromise. We need to pray for ourselves to get right with God and right with one another.
O Lord, come quickly.