As a veteran of five 40 Days for Life campaigns in my hometown of Bryan/College Station, Texas and now four nationally coordinated campaigns, I never cease to be amazed at some of the heartbreaking stories women tell the people praying outside the abortion centers.
At an abortion facility in Florida, a woman and her daughter got out of their truck. It was a chilly morning, and not many people were present outside.
But one man saw that these two were headed for the door, and he feared the daughter was arriving for an abortion.
He identified himself as the pastor of a Baptist church in town, offered to put them in touch with a pro-life pregnancy center, and tried to hand them some literature. The older woman looked at the pastor and said, “I don’t want your information. We’re Catholic.” The women then walked past him and into the clinic.
Others standing vigil were stunned that Catholics would think abortion was okay, and felt a sense of failure. But in time, they realized that by faithfully answering God’s call to stand and pray, they may have provided the only display of love that this child ever knew here on earth.
I’m encouraged by the prayer team in Iowa, who spoke to a troubled woman outside a Planned Parenthood abortion center. The young woman was pregnant with twins, and she had arrived for her abortion.
But apparently, she only had enough to pay for aborting one baby but not two. Planned Parenthood wanted more money.
After she spoke with counselors outside the clinic, this mother of twins decided to keep her babies. Praise God!
From time to time, however, I hear from other people who wonder why “nothing ever happens” when they go to the abortion centers to pray.
Believe me, I know how you feel. But remember that just isn’t true — something IS happening!
For whatever reason, God does not always permit us to see the results right away.
Keep in mind that things happen in God’s time — not ours. The fruits of 40 Days for Life are often not seen during the actual 40 days, but only become known some time afterward.
God is at work; He’s just taking His time.
Pensacola, Florida held a 40 Days for Life vigil last fall. Almost two months after the campaign ended, the team there received word that a woman who worked for the abortion clinic had quit her job. One of the woman’s relatives confirmed the news.
All during the 40 days, people prayed for the conversion of clinic employees. Their prayers were heard; they just didn’t know it at the time.
A Michigan team got word before Christmas that the clinic where their fall vigil was held had closed for remodeling. They were told there was no firm date for re-opening, and no abortions were being scheduled at that time.
All during the 40 days, people prayed that abortions would stop. Their prayers were heard; they just didn’t know it at the time.
Abortion will end; we just don’t know at what time.
And so we continue to pray.
Today’s devotional was prepared by Carmen Pate, a 40 Days for Life board member and co-host of the nationally syndicated Point of View radio talk show…
DAY 4 INTENTION
Pray that we each will daily put on the full armor of God, so that we are strong in the Lord and the power of His might.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
– Ephesians 6:12-13
I am confounded to see how the battle over the issue of life is perceived more often in churches today as political rather than spiritual.
Ironically, the enemy has used this twisted perception to silence many in the body of Christ.
We must see the battle for what it is and we must daily “put on” the armor God has given us:
- Gird your waist with Truth (vs. 14) — Commit your emotions to believe truth and to speak truth,
regardless of the repercussions.
- Put on the breastplate of Righteousness (vs. 14) — It will protect our hearts — the innermost springs of our beings — from all unrighteousness so evident in this fallen world.
- Shod your feet with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace. (vs. 15) — Preparation is vital if we are to be effective in God’s work.
- Taking the shield of faith (vs.16) — The Accuser will instill doubt, fear, and guilt. Faith acts as an invisible shield that deflects such false accusations.
- Taking the Helmet of salvation (vs.17) — A helmet protects the head, the brain and in turn our mind and thoughts. Satan hopes we will set aside divine revelation for human reasoning.
- Taking the sword of the Spirit (vs.17) — The Word of God, the only offensive weapon in this armor, was used by the Lord Jesus against Satan. The living Word is powerful and effective.
Our armor is complete. We are ready to wage war, and the next verse tells us how, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the spirit.” (vs.18)
Dear Lord, as you lead us into the spiritual battle of abortion may we be reminded that the battle is truly Yours. Thank you for hearing our requests for direction and protection. Thank you for the victory that is ours because of Your Son Jesus, Amen.
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Let’s press on with the full armor of God!
Yours In Christ,
Spring Campaign Director
40 Days for Life