To The Editor:

Greetings fellow Washington area Christians.

Where were you on 9/11/2001? No doubt many of us have discussed that question more than once with family, friends and colleagues. It will remain a day of infamy in America’s history, and remembering where we were, how we felt, and what we experienced, saw, or heard — well, such emotions are forever etched in our minds.

Our nation had a wake-up call that captured the attention of the world. Sadly, it only briefly caught the attention of Americans. Church attendance spiked for a few weeks, and pastors urged congregations to turn back to God.

However, neither the broader church nor the American culture experienced any measurable, long-range spiritual advancement, and we see where we are today.

Recently, in the middle of our bickering about statues and political agendas, we had another wake-up call with Hurricane Harvey. We saw strangers helping strangers. The focus was not on things that divide us, but on our common humanity and we were inspired and said, “This is the America we love.”

Our president and the governor of Texas called for a day of prayer on Sept. 3, a day to pray for the victims, the first responders and for the recovery of a great city devastated by floodwaters.

Certainly Southeast Texas needs our prayers, but we need to be praying for our entire nation. We need to be on our knees calling out to God to heal our country. Sept. 11, Patriots Day, is a day devoted to prayer for our nation. We need to be in prayer for our political, business, educational, military and our religious leaders. We need to pray for families and first responders. We need to pray like we have never prayed before.

You had an opportunity to pray for our nation on Sept. 11, 2017. Praying for 11 minutes on 9/11…11 on 11… New Life Church in Washington held an 11-hour community prayer vigil.

Spending just 11 minutes in prayer for our nation is a small sacrifice, but prayer is the most powerful tool you have to change the culture.