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DAY 21: Last chance, and signs of hope

October 14th, 2008 by admin

Before anything, I just wanted to let you know that this is your LAST CHANCE to join tonight’s 40 Days for Life “Midpoint Tele-Rally and Web Simulcast” if you haven’t already registered.

As I write this, 1,436 people are already signed up for what promises to be one of the most exciting pro-life events of the year — and there are still a few spaces available!

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Hope to talk with you tonight — Tuesday, October 14, at 9 PM Eastern (8 PM Central, 7 PM Mountain, 6 PM Pacific.)

Now on to today’s message…

Does God still offer signs and wonders in our present day? Some people say He doesn’t do that sort of thing any more. Or does He?

Back in January, I posted a short video on YouTube that I had taken during the March for Life in Washington, DC:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsD5Jv_mmL0  

It was a cloudy day… until the very end of the march when the sun came out and a rainbow appeared over the Supreme Court building. I — and many others in attendance — saw this rainbow as a sign of hope that God was watching over and blessing our efforts.

Earlier during this fall’s 40 Days for Life campaign, I shared with you the story of John and his family, who were driving through a pouring rain to pray at an abortion facility in Methuen, Massachusetts. When they got to the abortion center, the rain stopped — and a rainbow appeared.

Would you believe we now have two more rainbow reports from 40 Days for Life vigils?

In Southfield, Michigan, Bishop John Quinn was going to join the 40 Days for Life team for a rally. When the bishop arrived about 15 minutes before the start of the event, it was pouring.

“We brought an umbrella over to him but he said that the Lord would stop the rain for us,” said one member of the local team. “Sure enough, five minutes prior to start time the rain cleared up and a huge rainbow came out — a sure sign from God.”

Sue reports the 40 Days for Life team in Birmingham, Alabama had a particularly rough day recently. “We were present at Planned Parenthood while so many children were being aborted,” she said, “while the Planned Parenthood employees laughed and mocked our people.” She said the team really struggled under a very oppressive weight all day.

The next day, however, Ed — another member of the local 40 Days for Life team — saw something that restored his hope. “It was a beautiful rainbow. After feeling so overwhelmed the previous day and praying almost constantly for hope and an increase of peace, this beautiful rainbow showed me the way home.”

God can show us what is beautiful — and He can also show us what is ugly.

Janet notes that while she was praying in front of a Planned Parenthood location during 40 Days for Life last fall, landscapers planted some tall shrubs in front of the building. One of the people she was praying with took note — “How ironic. Those plants are arborvitae, which means tree of life.”

“One of the first things I noticed this fall when I first prayed at Planned Parenthood was that all of those evergreen trees were dead — brown as brown can be,” Janet said.

She added, “I marvel at God’s sense of humor. All the other landscaping looks just as it did last year. But arborvitae can’t thrive at Planned Parenthood!” A few days later, a man with an ax came and chopped down the dead trees and hauled them away. “What a metaphor for all that Planned Parenthood stands for!”

Here’s today’s devotional from Carmen Pate, co-host of the “Point of View” radio talk show…

DAY 21 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.

SCRIPTURE:

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

REFLECTION by Carmen Pate, “Point of View”:

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 if we are to be prepared to face the spiritual enemy on the issue of abortion, 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)

PRAYER:

Dear Lord, as you lead us into the spiritual battle of abortion may we be reminded that the battle is truly Yours. We thank you for equipping us with Your armor. Lead us daily to put it on!

Thank you for allowing us to serve under your command, and for hearing our requests for direction and protection. Thank you for the victory that is ours because of Your Son, Jesus, Amen.

Today’s 40 Days for Life devotional can also be downloaded at: http://40daysforlife.com/docs/fall2008day21print.pdf

Yours for Life,

David Bereit
National Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

P.S.- Hope to talk with you later tonight on the “Midpoint Tele-Rally and Web Simulcast.” Please encourage others to join this important discussion by registering at: http://www.40daysforlife.com/midpoint

2 Responses to “DAY 21: Last chance, and signs of hope”

  1. Monika Says:

    I haven’t seen any rainbows but yesterday my brother and I were praying outside of a local abortion center with a few others (two older women, a young single woman, a young mother and her baby), just as the last workers were leaving for the day. At the mystery of the Nativity, a beautiful monarch butterfly flew toward us and over our heads. Then at the mystery of the proclamation of the kingdom, we saw a flock of swallows pour across the sky.

    Today I’m feeling called to pray more for the clinic workers I am coming to know by sight. One of them sat in her car a long time before leaving work yesterday.

    My brother and I will both be at the Tele-Rally tonight (my husband will be working). I hope to tell my mother (in another state) about it too.

    In our family, my husband, toddler daughter, brother and I are all taking part in the Dallas 40 Days for Life. My mother and sister (a religious Sister) are participating in New Hampshire, as are my father and teenage sister.

    God bless all the efforts of 40 Days for Life across the country, around the world.

  2. Theresa Dearie Says:

    IN DEFENSE OF OUR RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH

    I am encouraging many pro-lifers to attend the Tele-rally and get involved in these public prayer vigils at abortuaries.

    We had our midpoint rally today in Dayton, OH. I am ever more
    heartened and encouraged to keep going with our protest for the rest of the 40 days and beyond!

    In attendance were a youth group from the local Catholic high school and a whole busload from from one of the private Catholic grade schools! We received inspiration and encouragement from Fr. Peter West, and former abortionist Carol Everett gave us insight into how the abortion industry sells abortions to our young girls.

    I knew we were having an impact when several employees parked their cars between us and the center entrance, and then set off their car alarms and panic buttons while the rally speakers were trying to talk. A good sign that they do not like our message! If they are trying to silence us, we must be having an impact.

    The car alarms struck me as symbolic of the silent screams of the babies and the hurting women inside the clinic. We will continue to be there to speak on their behalf with our presence and our prayers.

    Theresa Dearie
    Lebanon, OH

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