Every once in a while, people show up at a 40 Days for Life prayer vigil who wish YOU would just go home.
In some cases, they themselves are suffering as the result of an abortion experience. Or they may simply want to get under your skin.
Persecution is not suggested by Jesus; it is PROMISED if we follow Him. While seeking persecution is not the goal of 40 Days for Life, it does go along with standing against the evil of abortion.
If that ever happens to you, just remain peaceful — and pray harder! The fruit is worth it.
On my recent visit to the 40 Days for Life vigil in Milwaukee, the abortion center put a sign in their window asking for contributions to “pledge to end harassment.”
This tired, ineffective tactic is attempted often, particularly by Planned Parenthood. But it doesn’t work. They do it because they don’t know how to react to peaceful opposition that speaks to their conscience and calls them to re-evaluate their work.
This childish reaction speaks to the effectiveness of the prayer that they view as “harassment.”
Here’s the sign in the window of the Milwaukee abortion center:
SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA
At their kickoff event recently, the 40 Days for Life team in Santa Cruz was “welcomed” by a local anarchist group that, to say the least, is rabidly pro-abortion.
Most of what they said and most of what they did at the prayer vigil … well, I’m just not going to repeat it. Suffice it to say, it was nasty.
One pastor advised the prayer volunteers to keep an air of serenity and ignore obnoxious behavior, but to not back down.
Please keep the Santa Cruz team in your prayers.
There is one picture I can show you from Santa Cruz, featuring a small group praying — along with a young man holding a sign that reads “Abort Jesus.”
Please keep Reno in your prayers as well.
When I was in there a few days ago, I witnessed what the volunteers there have to endure — an aggressive abortionist with a vulgar and confrontational attitude.
One sign that he had professionally made is so vulgar I cannot put it in an e-mail. But there are other signs, facing the street for all to see:
- No trespassing
- God is pro-choice
- These protesters are terrorists
The abortionist also has a sprinkler system — but not for landscaping. The sprinklers are intentionally pointed towards the sidewalk … where the prayer volunteers stand.
He also installed a sound system that he often uses to blast out obscene music — hoping that the Christians praying on the sidewalk would be offended and leave.
Well, it isn’t working. It hasn’t worked — ever. But still he persists. As do the prayer volunteers!
Here are some photos of the Reno vigil site:
If someone does give you a hard time, pray for them!
A woman drove into the parking lot near the 40 Days for Life vigil location in Lawrenceville and started yelling at one of the volunteers. She was described as very aggressive and angry, shouting things like, “Just WHAT are you people doing here?”
The volunteer quietly explained what the vigil was all about — and the angry woman started to calm down a bit. During the course of a 15-minute conversation, she shared some personal information (we’re not sure exactly what was discussed), and finally she had made a complete turnaround.
“She became very sweet and very supportive of what we were doing,” one of the volunteers reported.
Here’s a photo of 40 Days for Life participants in Lawrenceville:
The long and the short of it is PRAYER WORKS! So please keep it up!
Here’s today’s devotional from Day Gardner, president of the National Black Pro-life Union…
DAY 9 INTENTION
May we grow in joy, knowing we serve a living God.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
– John 1:14
REFLECTION by Day Gardner
The Word of God came to us in human form in Jesus Christ. Every time I contemplate this fact I get chills! And I think it is something that we, as Christians, tend to gloss over. I can only imagine how the first disciples felt when they were looking into the eyes of the one and only Almighty God who created them.
The first disciples developed a close relationship with Him as they daily walked and talked with Him. They ate with Him, prayed with Him and rested when He rested. As they listened to the Word of God, who was and is Jesus….they believed and “beheld His glory.”
Today, this is something we can still do because we serve a living God. Remember, Jesus died on the cross but rose from the dead in victory! Jesus is every bit as real and alive for all of us as He was to the first disciples. He wants us to develop a close relationship with Him in the very same way. Jesus wants us to know Him personally. He wants us to walk with Him and talk with Him on a daily basis.
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for your love and saving grace in Christ Jesus. Help us to realize every day the great blessing we have in our Savior.
I pray that we will rise every morning with excitement and zeal, looking forward to walking another day in your footsteps fully knowing that you continue to dwell among us. Amen.
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40 Days for Life
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