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“I thought I SHOULD go and pray,” Pamela wrote, “but I always an excuse not to do it.” Then she listened to the 40 Days for Life countdown webcast before the current campaign.
“What struck me was that they said they were actually blessed by praying,” she said. “Any resistance I had was overcome.”
So she went — and got hooked. “Every single experience I had — whether praying alone, with my daughter, with others … was really inspiring. I think if you can at least go one time … you will also get hooked.”
Theresa is a first-time 40 Days for Life prayer vigil participant this fall.
“I felt nervous energy all morning,” she said, but “once I was there and began to pray, I immediately felt the grace of the Holy Spirit. At times I would be alone physically, but I always felt safe and empowered.”
At first, Mary didn’t want to go pray because she didn’t want to offend anyone. Eventually, she got over it and went to the vigil.
“I may be saving the life of a child — a child like any other child,” she said, “deserving a chance at life. I pray for courage and boldness, and it is granted.”
“I was very hesitant to pray at our local abortion provider, and declined for several years out of fear,” said Pia. “I have three children, and felt extremely nervous about praying outside this facility, which is not in the best part of town.”
When she explained her fear to the local 40 Days for Life coordinator, he said he understood — but he also reminded her to “be not afraid.”
It was the encouragement of her 14-year-old daughter and her daughter’s friend that convinced Pia to go pray at the vigil. “Locally we have had several saves, and there is no doubt in my mind of the power of prayer,” she said, “especially that of our youth.”
“I, too, was one who was scared to go to the clinic to pray,” wrote Kris. “But God spoke to me and told me ‘Go, I will give you the words and protection.’ Thank God I listened!”
This particular prayer vigil was being held at an abortion center that was under construction. It wasn’t yet open, but the vigil helped draw public attention to what would soon be happening at this building.
“One morning when I was feeling very anxious, I went and a young girl — about 17 — stopped and wondered if the clinic was open yet,” Kris said. Her boyfriend was pressuring her to have an abortion.
“My blessing — that still keeps me going today — was her deciding not to have the abortion,” said Kris. “Have courage and don’t fear, because God is with each one of us.”
Here’s the link to the list of cities where 40 Days for Life vigils are taking place:
If you’re waiting for an invitation … this is it! Today’s the day. Won’t you join us?
Here’s today’s devotional from Carmen Pate, a member of the 40 Days for Life board of directors.
DAY 32 INTENTION
Pray that we display an attitude of humility as we stand in peaceful vigil, as we fast, as we knock on doors in our communities. Though we proudly proclaim Christ’s truth, may our boasting be only in His grace.
These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren.
– Proverbs 6:16-19
REFLECTION by Carmen Pate, 40 Days for Life
The Lord who made us knows us well. I can’t help but think that perhaps as He inspired these words, He knew that our tendency might be to make the judgment call on which sins should be labeled as detestable.
He wants us to be absolutely clear, however, that the sinfulness of man encompasses much more than the external sins that we easily identify.
Lest we assign a particular sin as that of an abortionist, or a worker in an abortion facility, or an abortion activist, the Holy Spirit insured that our sin of pride would be listed first.
In this passage that speaks of eyes, tongue, hands, heart, and feet we realize than every part of our being is subject to the curse of sin.
We all need Jesus Christ who saved us from the penalty of sin, saves us from the practice of sin as we abide in Him, and will one day remove us from the presence of sin. Praise His Holy name!
Proper self-esteem in a follower of Christ is a matter of recognizing and confronting yourself in your humanity, including the tendency to sin. It is also a matter of embracing Jesus’ work on the cross — His grace that covers a multitude of sins.
The Apostle Paul sums it up best in 2 Corinthians 10:17-18: “But he who glories let him glory in the Lord. For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends.”
Dear Father, guard my heart. Prick my conscience and may I be receptive to your rebuke at any moment I drift towards pride. May I remember in fear and trembling that You cause the proud to fall, but the humble You raise up.
Lord, may I never forget my true identity is in Christ and that apart from Him I am nothing. By His grace, I pray, Amen.
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