COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — In the wake of the tragedies of Sept. 11, the National Day of Prayer invites millions of Americans to join hands across denominational lines for a day of prayer on Thursday.
The Scripture verse adopted for the 2002 observance, "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble" (Psalm 46:1), is especially meaningful given the world's instability and the promise of an uncertain future, say Day of Prayer organizers.
"The American psyche was rocked by the horrific evil perpetrated on September 11 and many have sought meaning, security and spiritual comfort in its wake," said Shirley Dobson, chairwoman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force. "It's no surprise that Americans have drawn closer to God as our country's forefathers did when faced with unseen enemies and unrest. As citizens humbly petition our Creator, asking His blessing, guidance and healing on our land, we are confident they will receive grace and the power to defend our freedoms."