Tuesday, February 23, 2016

DAY 14: Praying in 2016 - 40 Days for Life

Shawn Carney, Campaign Director, 40 Days for Life: Prayer saves lives. That is why prayer is at the center of a 40 Days for Life campaign.

From the very beginning of 40 Days for Life, one man who saw the importance of praying outside abortion facilities was Fr. Frank Pavone, the national director of Priests for Life.

In our latest 40 Days for Life podcast, Fr. Pavone and I discuss the impact of prayer ... and the need to pray for the nation in 2016.

Fr. Pavone also discusses the importance of elections and the role prayer can play as you consider candidates … and vote.

Prayer is powerful for the moms ... and for the abortion workers. The staff’s reaction to the peaceful vigil can be anything from conversion to rudeness ... to simply strange. Here’s an example

Sterling Heights, Michigan
 
 
Abortion center staffs often try to intimidate prayer volunteers by making up imaginary rules and regulations governing the sidewalk.
 
The 40 Days for Life team in Sterling Heights saw this recently – on two separate occasions. Two men whose girlfriends were inside the facility came over to chat with vigil participants.
 
In both cases, the security guard came over to tell the men they were forbidden to speak to the people praying outside. The men were also told if they continued to talk to the volunteers, they would have to move their cars from the abortion center’s property.
 
“You’d think people would wonder about what kind of place this is if they won’t let you talk to someone,” said one of the 40 Days for Life team members.
 
“Taking away your right to speak must be a prerequisite to taking away your right to life. We were able to give one of the men information about free resources … please pray for them.”
 
On another occasion, the security guard spoke to a woman who’d come to talk to the vigil participants. When she finally made her way over to the group that was praying, she told them she’d had a baby after 25 weeks of pregnancy.
 
Her doctor had recommended an abortion – but she chose life, and both she and her baby were fine.
 
Newburgh, New York
 
 
The prayer team in Newburgh was approached by a young woman who thanked them for being there. She said she’d had an abortion five years ago.
 
She was in an abusive relationship and was pressured to abort. Feeling scared, desperate and alone, she went through with it … and has been suffering ever since.
 
Thankfully, she was open to hearing about forgiveness … and was willing to take the hope and healing literature published by the Sisters of Life. She said whenever she has an opportunity, she lets people know how the abortion wounded her.
 
Please keep her in prayer. 

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