For we do not wrestle

against flesh and blood,

but against the rulers,

against the authorities,

against the cosmic

powers over this present

darkness, against the

spiritual forces of evil in

the heavenly places.

– Ephesians 6:12 ESV 

Viewpoint: Over twenty years, and the events that occurred on September 11, 2001, still evoke strong emotions and memories. Feelings of loss, fear, and vulnerability remain, along with admiration for those who made great sacrifices. As we remember 9/11 and pray for the victims’ families, let’s also remember the people of Saudi Arabia, whose memories reflect a different perspective. Saudis have a national connection with 15 of the attackers. For many, this is a source of distaste or even shame. For some with extremist sympathies, it may be a source of pride. No matter how Saudis feel about that day, many of them remain enslaved by the deception of Islam, and they need Jesus. Can we look past anger, blame, and mistrust to pray for them? Photo from Virtual Officenters 

Prayer points: Pray that Saudis who feel shame in their connections to the 9/11 attackers will find unconditional love through Jesus. Pray that those who feel drawn to extremism will encounter the love of Christ in a way that will break through their hatred. Ask that God will break the power of Satan’s lies and lead many Saudis to hear and respond to the Gospel.