Two volunteers stood in the rain and prayed at a 40 Days for Life vigil last week as a young man drove up, got out of his car with the engine still running, and walked over to talk to them
“I just wanted to thank you for being here,” he said. “I know you know what kind of a place this is,” he said, pointing towards the abortion facility. “Can I tell you a story about it?”
The prayer volunteers nodded yes, and the young man began to pour out his heart.
He said a couple of weeks ago, his wife was not at home and he had no idea where she was — until he got a phone call from the hospital. “My wife had been admitted because she was having seizures,” he said.
At the hospital, he found out his wife was pregnant. It would be a struggle with two young children already, he said, but they’d work it out.
As he spent more time at the hospital, it began to dawn on this young man that no one was telling him the whole truth. He realized something was seriously amiss when his wife told him she’d left her car at an abortion facility.
He thinks she went there for a chemical abortion — the abortion pill. She began to have seizures and was taken to the hospital.
His wife insisted she was still pregnant, but he simply didn’t know for sure.
“I haven’t stopped crying in over two weeks,” he said. “What kind of place is this that would do this to a married woman without telling her husband, the fatherof the baby?”
“We asked if we could pray for him,” said one of the prayer team members. “As we prayed, the young man began to cry again. Just imagine how he felt — betrayed, helpless. We assured him that he will get through this trial and that God loves him.”
Vigil participants hugged him, and he thanked them for being there on this rainy day. “Please keep being here,” he said, and then returned to his car and drove away. “While we did not save a baby from an abortion,” said the volunteer, “we brought Christ to a hurting father.”
Please pray for this young man, who fears he may have lost his child to abortion. Please pray as well for his wife and for his family. Please pray that those who are deceived by the abortion industry will be awakened to the truth of God’s love — and the awareness that all things are possible with God.
“And, if you are willing,” the vigil participant said, “please consider joining us as we keep vigil for these 40 Days for Life.”
Today’s devotional is from Carmen Pate, a member of the 40 Days for Life board of directors.
DAY 12 INTENTION
Pray to God who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, to end abortion in America.
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
– Ephesians 3:20-21
REFLECTION by Carmen Pate, 40 Days for Life
God’s power working in and through His people is unlimited and far beyond our comprehension when we submit to God’s Word and Spirit. He receives glory when we are obedient to His calling and faithfully serve Him in His strength.
Consider God’s hand of providence on this nation because of the faithfulness of a few who were totally committed to God and His truths.
It is interesting to note the words of Mother Teresa of Calcutta: “Yours is the one great nation in all history which was founded on the precept of equal rights and respect for all humankind, for the poorest and weakest of us as well as the richest and strongest.”
Mother Teresa, in addressing the Supreme Court of the United States said, “Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being’s entitlement by virtue of his humanity. I have no new teaching for America. I seek only to recall you to faithfulness to what you once taught the world.
She continued, “Your nation was founded on the proposition very old as a moral precept, but startling and innovative as a political insight that human life is a gift of immeasurable worth, and that it deserves, always and everywhere, to be treated with the utmost dignity and respect.”
It is time to restore that dignity and respect. Our God is able. Are we willing to remain faithful until His work through us is done?
God Almighty, Who is powerful and willing to supply, our hearts cry in unison for You to restore dignity and respect to human life, not only in America, but around the world.
Lord, may our hearts remain faithful to your calling, and may You begin Your transforming work with me.
Keep me ever mindful that with You Lord, nothing is impossible; without You, I can do nothing. To You be glory forever and ever, Amen.
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On this, the Lord’s day, let’s also pray for healing for all those touched by the pain of abortion.
Yours for Life,
40 Days for Life
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