For some, 9/11 was a deeply personal trauma. People who were present at the crash sites still suffer physical and mental health effects twenty years later. Those who lost a parent, child, spouse, or other loved one experience the pain of 9/11 daily. We can pray for the well-being of these individuals, especially as we approach the tragedy’s twentieth anniversary. While 9/11 has marked their lives indelibly, we pray that God would safeguard their health and help them heal.
Moreover, let us also pray for peace more broadly. Acts of wanton violence, such as mass shootings in schools and synagogues or the recent terrorist attacks in Israel, continue to plague our world. Lasting peace will only come when Jesus returns and establishes His kingdom in Jerusalem. Nevertheless, we are to be agents of peace and reconciliation, praying for the welfare of our communities.