DAY 9: Sleep is overrated

Have you ever prayed outside an abortion facility at midnight? What about 2 am? Or 3 am?

Right now, there are many 40 Days for Life vigils that take place 24-hours every day. If you’ve never been to an overnight vigil … or just want to see what it’s like … watch this short video, featuring Steve Karlen, our North American campaign director, that was recorded at a 24-hour vigil in Wisconsin.

The natural question can be, “What possible good are you doing out there in the middle of the night? The place is closed … and nobody sees you!”

The abortion facility is closed … but God doesn’t hear or answer prayers based on their business hours. Abortion survives on distraction in our busy world … and there are no distractions in the still and silent hours of the night.

We saw the power of all-day, all-night prayer during the first 40 Days for Life campaign in Texas in 2004 … when the Knights of Columbus created the Knight Shift. They committed to pray on the sidewalks outside the abortion business – every night – from 11 pm to 7 am.

There’s something special about the non-stop prayer witness that’s hard to explain. I encourage you to watch this video … and if you’re able, pray at your closest vigil — night or day.