Devotional for Day 3 – 8 August 2013
David Bereit, 40 Days for Life
Intention: Pray that God will awaken in His people a full awareness of the abortion crisis, and that they will respond to His call to “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.”
Scripture: Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay each person according to what he has done?” (Proverbs 24:11-12 NIV).
Reflection: Abortion has become the leading cause of death worldwide, ending the lives of more than 42 million babies every year. More lives are lost annually to abortion than to war, hunger, cardiovascular disease, or AIDS. Every child that dies is precious in God’s sight – made in His image and likeness. In addition to the millions of babies who perish, millions of women are harmed each year by abortion. Some are killed by abortions, many are physically scarred, and millions more are wounded emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually.
No different than Christian persecution in China or genocide in Darfur, once we become aware of a grave abuse of human rights anywhere in the world, we can no longer say we didn’t know. Lives are at stake, and we are called to respond.
As we pray – and as we work to end the worldwide injustice of abortion – God will hear, and He will move mightily. I have witnessed this first hand. From just one hour of prayer around an old wooden table in Texas, God birthed the 40 Days for Life movement, which has since grown to more than half a million volunteers in 501 cities around the world over the last six years. 7,536 lives have been spared from abortion, 38 abortion facilities have gone out of business, and 83 workers have experienced conversions and quit their jobs in the abortion industry.
All because God’s people acknowledged the abortion crisis … and were willing to rescue those mother and babies at risk.
What can God do through YOU, as you pray – and work – to end abortion?
Prayer: Lord, help me to see your children as you see them – as precious, unique gifts made in your image and likeness. Break my heart over the loss of these babies through abortion.
Help me resolve today to never be silent when human life is at risk. Help me to do everything I can to rescue those at risk of abortion, and to work until that day when no more women cry, and no more children die from abortion.
I ask this in your most Holy Name. Amen.
[Blogger’s comment: These precious lives truly are close to God’s heart. Right now we are waiting for the news of our own grandson’s arrival, now four days overdue. Just as we were to post this blog our internet went down and is still not working. We have had to relocate to get this out to you. The powers of evil behind the culture of death are not happy that we take up the cause of the unborn. Pray for God’s protection upon all those participating in this Global Prayer Call. MR]
Continue in prayer using the 4 prayer points as the Lord leads you.
- Pray for a worldwide outpouring of the Holy Spirit for revival and transformation of the nations of the world.
- Pray for a billion people to find Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.
- Pray for an end to abortion and for God to turn back the tide of death and immorality that is sweeping the nations of the world.
- Pray for a multiplication of prayer, praise and worship to God across the world as never before, to bring great glory to God.