Pro~Life Prayers

 I received an email from a friend today about the 40 Days For Life Campaign in the United States, Canada, Australia, England, Northern Ireland and Denmark.
Two representatives from the campaign were interviewed on EWTN's Life on the Rock; you can view the interview by following the 40 Days For Life blog.
Also part of the e-mail was the following Scripture verse, reflection and prayer.
Please let's all join in prayer for the end of abortion as well as respect for all life from conception until natural death.

"If My people who are called by My name will humble
themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from
their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and
forgive their sin and heal their land."
~ 2 Chronicles 7:14

REFLECTION by Carmen Pate, 40 Days for Life 
Not unlike God's chosen people of Israel, we must
humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from
our wicked ways, if we expect God to hear from
heaven, forgive our sin, and heal our land. The need
for repentance has not been greater since the Supreme
Court decision of Roe vs. Wade in 1973.

The number one cause of death in America is the
needless sacrifice of our children at the altar of
convenience called abortion. Conservative estimates
put the number of deaths at nearly 48 million.

And lest we think this is an issue outside the church
walls, 43 percent of women obtaining abortions
identify themselves as Protestant, and 27 percent
identify themselves as Catholic. One in four women
has at least one abortion by the age of 45 -- both
non-Christian and Christian alike. Where was the
voice of Truth -- the church?

Mary Comm of In Our Midst Ministries, Inc. sums up
the issue best as she writes, "We (the church) have
been an unintentional accomplice to the millions of
lives lost and to the multiplied millions of lives
devastated by abortion. We didn't want them to abort.
We didn't mean for them to abort. But, because of our
lack of knowledge, because of our fear, we have
continued to stand by and do nothing. We, God's hands
and feet in this dark and hurting world, have been
unintentional, unknowledgeable accomplice, but an
accomplice nonetheless."

May today mark the beginning of change within the
church, as God's people, in unity, seek His
forgiveness.



PRAYER
Heavenly Father, we have turned our backs on you and
your principles in your Word. We have allowed man to
usurp Your role as God over life and the number of
our days. But we come to you in brokenness and
repentance over our sin.

We cry out for Your mercy and ask you to remove the
scourge of abortion from our land.

Use us as your vessels, Lord, to bring the light of
Your Truth to our nation once again. Because of
Christ we pray, Amen.

Comments

kam said…
The issue of abortion was basically void from my life for the first 50 years of it; until God turned my eyes from this world to the next. Three years ago in the middle of my conversion my wife and I went to Franciscan University to visit our son who was attending school there. Next to the replica of The Portiuncula they have a small Memorial to the Unborn. I didn't know why (but I realize now) but I was drawn to meditate and pray at the headstone there. After a few minutes the long buried memory of my first wifes' abortion came rushing back. I can't even find the words to describe the anguish that filled me. My mind had locked that memory away so long in a dark place for whatever reason. I'd completly forgotten about it. Twenty nine or so years is a long time to have something like that hidden away, never aknowledged. I more or less came to grips with the fact that it did happen, but I'll never get over it. The event (murder!) ripped a hole in me which can never be replaced, nor smoothed over. I'm sorry I took so long, but every once in a while, when I read something that triggers it (the memory, I guess.) I end up talking about it all over again. It's a darkness that never goes away. This Saturday Helen and I are manning an anti-abortion table at a Church function, I'm not sure what it is yet. I'm really looking forward to it. And thank you for all you do. Go with God! k
Mary333 said…
Thanks for the link, refection, and prayer, Karin. I definitely want to take part in this!

If you wouldn't mind, I'd like to practice a little blog thievery and post this link to my own blog. With thanks to you, of course :)
Karinann said…
kam- thank you for sharing your story. As a post abortive woman myself, I know the pain, shame and anguish of which you speak. I made a Rachel's Vineyard retreat about 8 years ago that provided the help and healing I so desperately needed.
Nothing can ever take away or change what I did, but God's mercy through this ministry has provided tremendous healing and support.
Their website is rachelsvineyard.org
I will keep you both in my prayers. God bless
Karinann said…
Mary,
By all means go right ahead and pass this on!
Carnival said…
I will definitely pray for life in the next 40 days. Thanks for the reminder =)
Colleen said…
Thanks for this beautiful post!