The 9/11 Anniversary: A Call to Prayer

September 08, 2011

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


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  Though a few references may be outdated, you may find it a helpful guide to your prayers on the 10th anniversary: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 . . .

  • for the many who survived and for the brave men and women who risked, and sometimes lost their lives, in their rescue. We pray that this experience at the door of death will bring many to yourself.
  • for Todd Beamer and his reverberating witness to his resurrected Lord. Like Abel, “though being dead, he yet speaks.”
  • for Lisa Beamer, and the opportunities you have given her to show thousands the way to eternal safety. Continue to encourage her Lord, and bring many to yourself as they reflect on her witness that has cost her so much.
  • for the CIU team that you pre-prepared and sent on their unique mission to the streets of New York. May the seed they sowed bear much fruit.
  • for your church in America and around the world. Purify us, Lord and energize us to “make the most of the time, for the days are evil.”
  • for those who have gone among the millions who are blinded by Satan’s lies, to shine the light of truth. Encourage them and give them much fruit in their ministries. Bring many out of their darkness.
  • for those who are asking, “Where was God?” May they come to know that God was there in New York, and that He was also on a cross in Jerusalem on that other dark day, dying for them.
  • for showing us that there are limits to our control in this world. Continue to humble us, Lord, that we may know that it is “not by might or by power, but by My Spirt, says the Lord.”
  • for reminding us of the preciousness of life and the certainty of death and the ultimate importance of knowing You.
  • for our president George W. Bush and his wife Laura. We ask you to give to him and the leaders of our country, wisdom to know and to act rightly in these volatile hours of our history. We pray especially for our president as he speaks to the United Nations tomorrow. You alone know the historic potential of his words. You alone can determine their impact.

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