Amazing reports are flooding in from all across the nation about the start of 40 Days for Life.
Kickoff events drew crowds ranging from several dozen to several hundred people, and peaceful vigils commenced outside abortion facilities and Planned Parenthood offices in more than 80 cities today.
We’re also hearing reports from people in many other cities and towns that are experiencing dramatic new levels of pro-life involvement as people are joining in solidarity with 40 Days for Life.
I am with my amazing wife Margaret, my 9-year-old daughter Claire, and 5-year-old son Patrick in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where we are joining the local 40 Days for Life campaign shortly.
Earlier today, we stopped in Grand Chute, Wisconsin, to encourage the dedicated group that is holding down the vigil outside of a Planned Parenthood abortion facility that currently can’t find an abortionist. The believers there are praying fervently during these 40 days that an abortionist is never found for that office!
Between fielding radio and newspaper interviews all day today, I was deeply inspired by the thought of YOU… the faithful people across the country united together in one common purpose: ending the tragedy of abortion!
God bless you for your prayers and participation in this history-making endeavor!
Here’s your devotional for DAY 1, written by Carmen Pate:
“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
God was responding to Solomon’s prayer for the people of Israel, during the dedication of the newly built temple. The people of Israel had repeatedly turned from God and each time, God would turn them over to an enemy.
The people would cry out to the Lord and God would deliver them, only to see them turn away from Him once again. This cycle was repeated over and over, demonstrating the amazing mercy of Our Lord on each occasion. (See 2 Chronicles 6: 36-40)
Not unlike God’s chosen people of Israel, the body of Christ, which is His church, 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 47 million in America alone.
And lest we think this is an issue outside the church walls, 43% of women obtaining abortions identify themselves as Protestant, and 27% 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.
Heavenly Father, as our sovereign and powerful Creator, You have blessed this nation because of our Founding Fathers intentional plan to worship You alone.
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. You are justified in removing your hedge of protection and turning us over to our decadence.
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