Things to Remember in Our Prayers
For firefighters, police, and emergency medical personnel on site:
physical and emotional stamina.
- for physical safety in the dangerous
- for additional relief workers
to give the rescue teams the break they need from their efforts.
- for the ability to focus courageously on the task at hand, in
spite of the loss of many colleagues, including several fire chiefs
and deputies. For good direction of the rescue efforts as other
officials step up to give leadership.
For surviving workers in World
Trade Center companies:
- for healing from personal trauma and/or injury
suffered on Tuesday.
- for those not on site at the time of the attack
to recognize God's hand in keeping them safe.
- for people to seek the counseling they need (guilt,
grief over lost colleagues and friends, vengeful thoughts, fears).
families and friends of those missing or dead, both on the planes
and in the World Trade Center:
- that families and friends will have strength and
peace to deal with today, as they wait for news.
- for families to receive the strong immediate support
of friends and relatives - emotionally, spiritually, and practically
(childcare, meals, answering the phone).
- for special comfort for children who've lost a
- for the ability to sleep.
- for comfort for parents and other family members who live far
away and cannot yet fly to New York to be present. (Many of the
WTC workers are young single professionals who live alone.)
- that the Christians who've lost loved ones will
demonstrate a shining and steady peace amidst their grief which
will speak loudly of the hope found in Christ.
For the response
of NYC Christians, personally and corporately:
- for creative ideas of how to quickly meet needs,
comfort, and lift up the Savior.
- for Christians to take the initiative to speak
of Christ to those hurting around them.
- for churches to have open doors and counselors
readily available this week.
- for God's hope to be proclaimed in the many funerals
and memorial services all over the city.
- for the stamina and wisdom of pastors and counselors
who are being deluged with people's needs.
- for Christians to reach out to help those from
Middle Eastern descent who may be fearful or shunned.
For our national
the president and his advisors will make reasoned decisions about
America's first response which stem from God's wisdom, instead
of from human reactions to this tragedy.
- for President Bush's strength
and alertness in the midst of the crisis.
For New York
- that Arab and Middle Eastern New Yorkers will not
be attacked or ostracized.
- for the safety of other buildings in the vicinity
of the destruction, which may have been damaged.
- that the indomitable spirit of New Yorkers will
rebound from this ultimate test and their energy be directed in
positive ways to rebuild, to help others, etc.
- for the city's economy to remain stable.
and friends of those missing or dead, both on the planes or in the
World Trade Center:
- that families and friends of victims will seek
out the counseling they need to replace the poison of bitterness
with the ability to forgive.
- for grieving adults and children to be able to
sleep without nightmares.
- for financial needs of the families to be met.
- for teachers of the children who've lost a loved
one, as they counsel and deal with the long-term affects of the
For surviving workers from World
Trade Center companies:
- for direction for those whose companies or offices
have disappeared, that they would be able to pick up the pieces
of their lives and careers and start afresh.
- for financial needs to be met during time out of
- for re-connection with co-workers, and continuation of projects
they have lost.
- that any of their Christian friends and acquaintances
would serve them generously and make a godly impact on their lives.
For our nation:
- that an unhealthy
"isolationist" mentality will not permeate our nation.
- that Americans
will not place blame for these actions on all people from Arab
and Middle Eastern ethnicity.
For the response
of Christians, personally and corporately:
- that Christians
would continue to see cities as places of prime ministry opportunity,
rather than places to avoid for personal safety.
this tragedy will result in the largest outpouring of the Gospel
in word and deed in many years.
by: Here's Life Inner City