Friday marks the eighth anniversary of the three terror attacks that devastated the United States, and Christians are using the day not only to remember lives lost, but to also pray for the nation.
America was brought to its knees after the devastating terror attacks of Sept. 11.
Across the country Americans joined together in prayer. It was a spiritual wake-up call that jolted a nation.
Now eight years later, many Christian leaders say the country has fallen back into its spiritual complacency.
Pastor Billy Wilson of the "Cry out America" campaign said it is time for Christians to stand up and cry out to God. The group has planned a day of prayer next week for the nation.
"America is in a spiritual crisis," he said. "Statistics bear that out. They tell us there isn't a whole lot of difference in the way church people live, Christian people live and the world live."
With the removal of "God" from schools, government buildings and even the public square Wilson said America needs God.
"We have a generation that is hungry," he added. "A generation that is inquiring, a generation that needs Jesus and we're sleeping through our moment."
But Wilson said it is not too late.
The "Cry out America" campaign is urging Christians of all denominations to converge at their local court houses on Sept. 11.
From noon to 1 p.m. Christians will unite in "extraordinary prayer" to reclaim the day and ask God for a new national awakening.
"We're not after just electing a new political candidate or overthrowing the political system that exists," Wilson said. "We're after something much deeper, much more. We're after the heart condition of the nation."
Wilson said that America's past great awakenings have taken place in times like these. He said when the national environment is seemingly hopeless, God acts on behalf of his people.
*Original Broadcast Date: September 4, 2009.