Prayer for PATRIOT DAY ~ September 11, 2011

LORD, on September 11th we will pray! To You alone we pledge our allegiance. Our hope is in You. Comfort all who mourn, protect those who fight for us, give us the work of our hands and restore our land. We desire to be one nation under God. In Jesus' name, Amen

from Elizabeth~

We approach the date delicately and perhaps with some trepidation and yet, there is no avoiding the memories and the passage of yet one more year since the 2001 terrorist attacks on the USA.  God has always been the refuge and strength of those who sought Him.  And so, we remember, honor, pay tribute – NEVER FORGET – and we pray:

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, how majestic is Your name in all the earth.  You are sovereign and superior and Your ways are beyond our understanding.  We can grasp the concept of heaven and the beautiful future You have for us there united with the angels and all those who have gone before in Your intimate presence, but we grapple with why there must be evil here while we live in the body.

You are the Creator.  You could have caused it to be differently than it is, but You did not.  Perhaps it is less that we don’t understand (because logically it is to be understood that You wanted us to have a clear choice between You as Lord and an anti-thesis), but on the other hand, why does evil have to seemingly win so many times? Even Your Son was murdered on the cross.  Why did You make it so this was the way it had to be?

Our hearts ache for all the murders, killings, evil thoughts and evil words which are uttered one human being against another.  Yet for all our good intentions, each of us is imperfect both in our understanding of Your mysterious, superior Way and our inability to love.  You are perfect love.  How much more must the evil which continues to rear its head cause You sorrow?

Because You are God, we lay down our inability to have it the way we want, and choose to trust that as God, You do have a plan, especially during times like now when we consciously choose to remember the atrocities which were perpetrated against people in our country on September 11, 2001.

God, we need Your love.  God, we need Your strength.  God, we need You hovering over us that we might never be attacked in such a way again.  God, we need Your plan for our nation.  We understand we can do nothing without You.  Lead us; guide us; comfort us.  Visit each person in our government and help them to udnerstand You reign and that dependence upon You is blessing.

Be with every person in our military – those who serve and have served – and their families.  Give them supernatural strategy, strength, wisdom and ability to execute Your plans on the battlefields.  Protect their minds as well as their bodies with Your supernatural strength and healing power.  Where therealready has been injury – we ask for healing.  They sacrifice and pay the price daily that we might live in freedom.  We appreciate them so much, yet we cannot protect them – only You can. So we are asking You to fulfill Your promises and do the work.  You are also Comforter. Continue to wrap Your loving arms around and sustain all the families and friends of those who were murdered on September 11th, those who died trying to save others, and those who have given their lives in the War on Terror since.

Give us Your strategy, healing and love moving forward.  We are nothing without You, but with You all things are possible.  In the pain of our memories, we also remember and rely on Your promises – that in light of eternity, You will use ALL things for good.  And what the enemy meant for evil in Your supreme way You will ultimately use for good.

We are so thankful that You are.  We are so thankful that in all things You will show Yourself victorious.  We are so thankful for Your love, concern and care in all our circumstances.    We can be at rest in our souls because we know You are!

God, please bless America again.  We know who You are and we bow to You!

In Jesus’ name, Amen

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2011

PLEASE remember to view the new song, “ONE NATION UNDER GOD” on youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d593RguxQI8&feature=share  SHARE the link!  Let’s let everyone know that the USA is and remains one nation under God and be encouraged in how God values every individual.

Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist.  She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way. 

For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org  Worship music audio clips can be found at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro For information on her work for the military and their families please visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org   Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible.


Author: Elizabeth Fulgaro

I am a God-seeker--a Jesus-worshipper--a Holy Spirit follower. I create songs, devotions, prayers, books and Bible studies to give words with which to get to know God more. For you. Its for one-on-One encounter unto transformed, transcendent living. This is not my vocation. I am not professional. I am a real, ordinary person just looking to do what God put me here to do. (You have a unique purpose too.) So I am called to the work. It is not my income source, but my gift to those who find it blessing. Eagles Nest Foundation sponsors all projects for you. The result: pure, clean spiritual nutrition to feed that deep insatiable spiritual hunger which eventually overtakes each of us and galvanizes you to the life God has for you. This life is purposeful. Exceptional. You--yes, you--are called to something greater and more satisfying in His service. So it is hoped you'll try this spiritually dense nutrition and find it to be a personal blessing. However, the goodness of God-following doesn't stop there. He uses those who seek Him to be His love and care (justice, mercy, advocate, kindness) very tangibly in the lives of those around you. Not by your power but by His. His ideas. God ideas. Not just good ideas. To be part of changing the world, if you will let Him. You learn to just follow where He leads. That if you listen, He will teach you to hear His voice and then when you obey His inner promptings you will become His incredible hands and feet in this hard world. These materials will help! They will help you aim your life towards God in a way you never look back. You will not be the same. He will become the River in your desert spaces and you will become a conduit of this same River of refreshing, replenishing Water of Life to others. Find a prayer. Pick a blog post. Read a book. Be led deeper into the Bible. Select a song which resonates and use it and use it again to go close and ever closer to the God who longs to draw you near. Oh, and don't be tempted to think I'm a crazy over-spiritualized loony...My background is financial planning and counseling. Almost 40 years of it. To choose to believe in God is not to leave practicality and reason behind, but to learn that there is that which goes beyond it and includes it, unto true life fulfillment beyond all your dreams for the one who keeps seeking Him. I am a third generation Californian. I am a person to whom family means everything. The only priority higher is God. The foothills of the Sierra Nevada are my home. It is here the 1849-1856 Gold Rush is still glorified. Easy money? Actually only for the few. Even though I was raised in the Church, it took me ten years of doubting God even existed to realize that without Him, no matter how much of this life's "stuff" is accumulated, I actually have nothing. To come to know that all those who chased after gold are dead and all those who still chase stuff will be dead. That's when I became a God-seeker. Looking for that more. And Eureka! (This is California's state slogan and means I found it.) I found God...or rather, I discovered He was there and had been there waiting for me to look for Him the whole time. May you discover more of Him for you, greater flourishing life and greater flourishing for all in the world as well. God bless you! ~Elizabeth

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