Today's Bible Readings
     II Samuel 6
     I Corinthians 16
     Ezekiel 14
     Psalms 55
      ''Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved ." (Psalms 55:22) ''Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong." (I Corinthians 16:13)
      September 11, 2001 will go down in history and live in infamy as perhaps the most tragic day in American history. It was on that day that the twin towers at the World Trade Center in New Your City and the Pentagon building in Washington, D.C. were attacked by terrorists taking the lives of almost 3,000 people representing over 25 nations of the world. Well-known author Max Lucado wrote the following.

Dear Lord,
      We’re still hoping we’ll wake up. We’re still hoping we’ll open a sleepy eye and think, What a horrible dream. But we won’t, will we, Father? What we saw was not a dream. Planes did gouge towers. Flames did consume our fortress. People did perish. It was no dream and, dear Father, we are sad.
      There is a ballet dancer who will no longer dance and a doctor who will no longer heal. A church has lost her priest, a classroom is minus a teacher. Cora ran a food pantry. Paige was a counselor and Dana, dearest Father, Dana was only three years old. (Who held her in those final moments?)
      We are sad, Father. For as the innocent are buried, our innocence is buried as well. We thought we were safe. Perhaps we should have known better. But we didn’t.
      And so we come to you. We don’t ask you for help; we beg you for it. We don’t request it; we implore it. We know what you can do. We’ve read the accounts. We’ve pondered the stories and now we plead, Do it again, Lord. Do it again.
      Remember Joseph? You rescued him from the pit. You can do the same for us. Do it again, Lord.
      Remember the Hebrews in Egypt? You protected their children from the angel of death. We have children, too, Lord. Do it again.
      And Sarah? Remember her prayers? You heard them. Joshua? Remember his fears? You inspired him. The women at the tomb? You resurrected their hope. The doubts of Thomas? You took them away. Do it again, Lord. Do it again.
      You changed Daniel from a captive into a king’s counselor. You took Peter the fisherman and made him Peter an apostle. Because of you, David went from leading sheep to leading armies. Do it again, Lord, for we need counselors today, Lord. We need apostles. We need leaders. Do it again, dear Lord.
      Most of all, do again what you did at Calvary. What we saw here on that Tuesday, you saw there on that Friday. Innocence slaughtered. Goodness murdered. Mothers weeping. Evil dancing. Just as the ash fell on our children, the darkness fell on your Son. Just as our towers were shattered, the very Tower of Eternity was pierced.
      And by dusk, heaven’s sweetest song was silent, buried behind a rock.
      But you did not waver, 0 Lord. You did not waver. After three days in a dark  hole, you rolled the rock and rumbled the earth and turned the darkest Friday into the brightest Sunday. Do it again, Lord. Grant us a September Easter.
      We thank you, dear Father, for these hours of unity. Disaster has done what  discussion could not. Doctrinal fences have fallen. Republicans are standing with Democrats. Skin colors have been covered by the ash of burning buildings. We thank you for these hours of unity.
      And we thank you for these hours of prayer. The Enemy sought to bring us to our knees and succeeded. He had no idea, however, that we would kneel before you. And he has no idea what you can do.
      Let your mercy be upon our President, Vice President, and their families.  Grant to those who lead us wisdom beyond their years and experience.  Have mercy upon the souls who have departed and the wounded who remain.  Give us grace that we might forgive and faith that we might believe.
      And look kindly upon your church.  For two thousand years you’ve used her to heal a hurting world.
      Do It again, Lord. Do it again.
      Through Christ, Amen.
                  As written by Max Lucado for “America Prays”, a national prayer vigil held Saturday, September 15, 2001.  (Permission to copy is granted and encouraged.)
      Nine Eleven seems like a long time ago . . . but our nation continues to suffer from it.  It was the symbolic beginning of a war on terrorism that today seems endless. Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and now the flames of war still are out of control in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and even on our own southern border. Most of God's people realize that the greatest enemy is within our borders as our nation continues to spiral downward in immorality, indifference and perversion. Our only hope in America is for an old fashioned, heaven sent, Spirit led, devil defeating, Christ exalting revival.  This will happen only when God's people are broken and turn from our sin. (II Chronicles 7:14) Please pray for spiritual awakening in the United States of America.
''Why, the very spelling of the Devil's name shows what he is - Devil, evil, vile, ill, hell!''
Charles Spurgeon