Again, God!

This Friday marks the 8th Anniversary of the events of 9/11.  Max Lucado a prayer following the tragic events 8 years ago; words that can still be prayed for our nation today.  Thanks to Jeff Leake of Allison Park Church here’s a portion of it:

DO IT AGAIN LORD!

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 (in September 2001), you saw there that Friday. Innocence slaughtered. Goodness murdered. Mothers weeping. Evil dancing. Just as the smoke eclipsed our morning, so 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, O 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 (new) Easter.

We thank you, dear Father, for these hours of unity. Christians are praying with Jews. 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.

3 thoughts on “Again, God!

  1. Pastor Dell,

    Thank you for your love for God’s people, You do show that you care for our growth in Christ. This “Do it again, Lord. Do it again” really touched my heart. This is a very good prayer to pray and this is showing me to pray this way in other situations. It is a very powerful prayer. Thank you Pastor.
    Every thing on this blog is very helpful. May our God continue to bless you with wisdom and understanding and use you to strengthen His people.

    God Bless you and your family abundantly!

  2. Dear Passtor Del,
    I want to thank you for the messages you are delivering on the new series. This mornings message on prospertity and poverty was very well prepared and brought to the church.

    I know your message is coming directly from God’s word and it is very unfortunate that some take it as though it is your words and a form of manupalition. I know this not to be true. I was very distraught when you read the comnnunication card as I know you come across as a man of God delivering his word, please do not change anything from the messages that God is giving you.

    May God continue blessing you and giving you words of encouragement to the church.

    May God Bless,

    Joe Crespo

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