Tuesday, February 24, 2015

From 40 Days For Life: DAY 7: Can't I just pray at home?

40 Days for Life
Dear Deacon John,
One of the most common questions we get is:
                    Why do I have to go out to the abortion facility to pray
for an end to abortion? Can’t I pray at home? The Lord
hears us wherever we pray.

That’s true! We do need to pray as much as possible – wherever we are – for an end to abortion. But there are specific reasons why your prayers ... and the visible sign of your witness when you pray at the place where the love of God is so desperately needed ... are vitally important.

Showing up matters! That’s why feeding the poor and conducting medical missions cannot be done from home. Where we take our prayers makes a difference ... especially for the unborn, who have no voice but yours.
Robert Colquhoun, our international outreach director, addresses this question in a brand-new video.
To watch it, just click on the image below ...
... or go to:
It’s just over a minute long … and it definitely gives a great answer to the question!
Las Cruces, New Mexico
“Our prayers and presence are working,” said one of the 40 Days for Life volunteers in Las Cruces.
Vigil participants were holding a sign that says “Pregnant? Help is available” when a young man walked up. At first, he seemed a bit confrontational. But after a while, he warmed up and started telling his story.
His girlfriend was pregnant and they had been to Whole Woman’s Health for an initial consultation. They were thinking about abortion, but had no one to talk to and didn’t know what to do.
“He told me he’s never liked abortion and has appreciated our 40 Days for Life campaigns,” the volunteer said. But the young man explained that he just doesn’t feel ready for children.
“I congratulated him and told him that just the fact that he is worried about being a good dad already makes him a better father than half of the guys out there,” the 40 Days for Life team member told him.
They kept talking, but the young man’s bus pulled up and he quickly had to leave. But he took information about local pregnancy help resources, which he said was exactly what he and his girlfriend needed.
“By this point he was beaming and said we were getting him excited about being a dad,” said the volunteer. “Please pray for this young man, his girlfriend and their beautiful child.”
In Memoriam
We need to acknowledge the passing of two men who did so much for this movement, Dr. John Willke and Brother Paul O’Donnell. Their contributions were many ... and they will most certainly be missed.

Dr. Willke was the president of the Life Issues Institute and had once led the National Right to Life Committee. He had set aside his medical practice to devote all of his time and energy to the pro-life cause. He died at his home in Cincinnati Friday at the age of 89.

Brother Paul, the superior of the Franciscan Brothers of Peace, was a founder of Pro-Life Action Ministries and, among other things, served as board chairman of the Terri Schiavo Life and Hope Network. He died in his sleep Friday in St. Paul, Minnesota at the age of 55.

We are thankful to God for the service both of these good men offered to the least of their brothers and sisters. We pray for their families and all who will miss them ... and most especially that the Lord will welcome them to their eternal home.

Today’s devotional is from Carmen Pate of Alliance Ministries.
Day 7 intention

Pray that the abortionists and all workers in abortion facilities would be troubled in their souls regarding their work and would seek truth.


Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake has forgiven you.

— Ephesians 4:31-32

Reflection by Carmen Pate

We see the evil and oppression in the world, the arrogance of those who mock God, the millions of innocent lives destroyed because of the greed of a few.

Our flesh tells us that we should take justice in our own hands, but instead of vengeance, the Lord calls us to love our enemy, to forgive others as we have been forgiven.

God loves the abortionist and the Planned Parenthood advocate just as much as He loves you.

It breaks His heart to see them in bondage to sin and He is giving you this opportunity to introduce them to the Savior who sets the captive free.

Though you may not experience direct interaction with these souls, your presence will not go unnoticed. Your non-verbal communications speak volumes about the God you serve.

Forgiveness is an act of obedience to God (Colossians 3:13). Forgiveness is not condoning or overlooking the wrong behavior of others, but rather it is freeing ourselves so that God can work mightily through us to touch their hearts for Him.

Let's join our hearts with His in recognizing that those in the abortion industry are not the enemy, but rather they are blinded by the enemy.

God desires that we bring them the message of truth and hope found in Christ, but the messengers He will use are those willing to forgive.


Dearest God, You tell us in Proverbs that the foolish and the wicked lack wisdom and understanding. I pray you will trouble the souls of those in the abortion industry so that they hunger for truth and cry out for freedom.

I pray that my life would reflect my redemption so others may see it and trust in You. In obedience to You, and by your grace, I choose to forgive others as you have forgiven me. In the name of Christ my Redeemer I pray, Amen.

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 Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life