Sunday, April 15, 2012

A Day by Day Prayer Response to PP's 40 Days of Prayer

Thanks to Kate Cann, who posted the link to the entire sickening thing at the RealChoice Facebook group.

Here is it -- but get some soul bleach -- the Planned Parenthood / Humbolt County Clergy for Choice "40 Days of Prayer Supporting Women Everywhere."

I'm not going to post their prayers again, but ill instead provide 40 prayers to take what they are perverting and place it on a sound spiritual footing that truly recognizes God as the Author of Life, and all of us as precious, made in His image and likeness.

Day 1: Today we pray for women who are dismayed and distraught at the news that they are pregnant. May they be guided by love and grace. May the people in their lives provide them with the care they need to bring their troubled lives into harmony with the plans You have for their lives. May they find joy in the children whose impending births are now filling them with doubts and fears.

Day 2: Today we pray for compassionate religious voices to reach out to post-abortive women, abortion-vulnerable women, and those who are in those women's lives. May the post-abortive women find forgiveness and grace, may the abortion-vulnerable women find joy in their new children, and may everybody who comes into contact with any of these women reach out to them in grace and love guided by Your Holy Spirit.

Day 3: Today we pray for our daughters and granddaughters, that they might be kept safe from the spirits of this age that seek to demean them, degrade them, and reduce them to the status of sex objects. May they recognize themselves as precious, made in Your image and likeness. May they trust in You for guidance in all their choices.

Day 4: Today we pray for doctors and others that are participating in abortion. May their eyes be opened to the harm that they are doing. May they, like Abby Johnson, Carol Everett, Anthony Levatino, and so many other former abortion workers, come to know Your love and grace and forgiveness. May they turn their talents and passion to providing life-affirming care to vulnerable women and families.

Day 5: Today we pray for medical students who are thinking of practicing abortion. May they have their minds and hearts opened up to the harm abortion does, and may they instead devote their skills and passion to healing and hope.

Day 6: Today we ask for blessings on the women about to walk past the prolife presence outside abortion clinics. May each prolifer be guided by the Holy Spirit in each word and gesture. May the women reach out in trust and be reached by Your sustaining love.

Day 7: Today we pray for the millions of American women who have already experienced the tragedy of child loss through abortion. May those who already recognize the wrong in what they did reach out to You and find grace and forgiveness. May those currently blinded to the evil have their eyes opened, in a way that leads them to grace and forgiveness, not to despair and hatred.

Day 8: Today we pray for elected officials, that they may use the positions of power and influence in which You have placed them to protect the vulnerable among us, including abortion-vulnerable woman and their families.

Day 9: Today we pray for women who are afraid of the men they are with. May they find the confidence to turn away from abuse. May they recognize their own worth, and the worth of their children, as precious in Your sight, made in Your image and likeness. Guide the people in their lives to help them to safely escape abuse and find the relationships that foster love.

Day 10: Today we pray for women who were joyfully expecting a child but have learned that they or their unborn children face health challenges. May they feel Your very real presence. May they find hope and joy even in the darkest of circumstances.

Day 11: Today we pray for an awareness of the power of human sexuality, and a humble spirit toward that power, granted to us by Your wisdom and grace. May all of us exercise that gift in ways that glorify You and recognize the inherent dignity and worth of ourselves and those we are attracted to.

Day 12: Today we pray that women know the power of Jesus Christ, that they may see their actions and lives in the light of His redemption.

Day 13: Today we pray for the men in our lives, that they may offer loving kindness and wise counsel under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Day 14: Today we pray for Christians everywhere to allow the love of Jesus Christ to shine through them in their encounters with others, particularly abortion-vulnerable women and those currently trapped in the world of abortion.

Day 15: Today we pray for parents whose teen daughters are pregnant. May your Holy Spirit guide them as they walk their daughters through the challenges ahead.

Day 16: Today we pray for the counselors in abortion clinics, that they might awaken to the pain around them, and the reality that killing unborn children only brings its own pain. May their desire to help troubled women be guided by the Holy Spirit into life-affirming work.

Day 17: Today we pray for the financial needs of abortion-vulnerable women. May the men in their lives step into their roles as providers. May those women who are not in secure relationships find people to nurture and support them as they strive to be loving mothers to their children. May these women see Your sustaining hand as their every need is met.

Day 18: Today we pray for the staff at abortion clinics around the nation. May their eyes and hearts be opened, and may they turn away from the works of evil, but instead expose them for what they are.

Day 19: Today we pray for all pregnant women. May they be surrounded by loving voices guided by the Holy Spirit, that they may feel your sustaining care.

Day 20: Today we pray for families who grieve the loss of mothers, sisters, daughters, friends and other loved ones to abortion. May they feel Your sustaining presence, and may their turn their grief and pain to holy ends.

Day 21: Today we pray for women in developing nations, that they may come to knowledge of Your sustaining love. May their material needs be met, and may the leaders of their nations be guided by Your hand, that evil be addressed and the people may live in peace and prosperity.

Day 22: Today we pray for an end to the violence surrounding abortion. We pray that as we fight to end the violence against the unborn, our hands and voices may be guided also to fight the violence perpetrated by abortion workers against their patients, each other, their families, and the prolifers standing vigil outside these places of death.

Day 23: Today we give thanks for the strong women in our lives who have given us examples of living in Your ways. May their example encourage others to face life bravely and with trust in Your love.

Day 24: Today we pray for an end to hateful language. May all of us guard out tongues, and speak out in love guided by the Holy Spirit.

Day 25: Today we pray for women whose spirits have been crushed by false religion. May they find freedom and joy in Your light and love through the birth, life, death, burial and resurrection of Your precious Son, Jesus Christ.

Day 26: Today we give thanks for the intelligence, talent, wit, and wisdom of the women and girls in our lives. May we recognize these blessings as gifts from Your loving hand, and may all of us use these blessings in ways that honor You.

Day 27: Today we give thanks for health care providers all around the nation and around the world that provide for the real physical needs of women and children, particularly abortion-vulnerable women and their unborn children. May all health care providers learn to seek Your wisdom as they care for their patients.

Day 28: Today we pray that abortion-vulnerable women see obstacles to abortion as signs to turn instead of loving and nurturing their unborn children. May any obstacle to abortion be accompanied by an opportunity to see Your loving provision.

Day 29: Today we pray that all women will know that they are created in Your image and likeness. May they live lives that recognize this inherent dignity and worth. May they not cheapen themselves by allowing themselves to be used and degraded by anybody, especially not the men in their lives.

Day 30: Today we pray for women to confess their sins to You and to their brothers and sisters in Christ, that they may know grace and forgiveness.

Day 31: Today we pray for discrimination against the weak and vulnerable to cease. May every man, woman, and child recognize the dignity and worth of each and every other human being. We pray especially for the unborn, those with disabilities or sickness, the elderly, and the poor. May we reach out with Your loving hands toward our more vulnerable brothers and sisters.

Day 32: Today we pray for an awareness of the shame of sin, especially the sin of abortion. May we all awaken to an awareness of our own sinfulness, and may we all turn to Your Son Jesus for His love, cleansing, and forgiveness.

Day 33: Today we offer a prayer of remembrance for those who died while still in slavery to sin. May they have experienced a last-minute awareness of their helpless state, and have turned to You and been welcomed, repentant, into Your kingdom. May we as well be aware of our own slavery to sin and turn to Your son Jesus in our dying moments.

Day 34: Today we pray for abortion escorts and other front line activists, that they may see Your love for the women entering abortion facilities. May they recognize the inherent dignity and worth of those women and their unborn children. May they come to grips with the sin in their own lives, so that they no longer feel the need to help others to sin.

Day 35: Today we pray for girls everywhere, that they may be nurtured and given the opportunity to fully exercise the gifts and blessings that You have given them. May they be kept safe from the influence of those who would lead them to lives of degradation and sin.

Day 36: Today we pray for families, that they will embrace all of their children, not just the ones that they have planned, or that meet society's standards of health and beauty. May every child be seen as a blessing made in Your image and likeness.

Day 37: Today we pray for women to recognize that their dignity and worth, both as human beings and as citizens, is not incumbent on current fashionable ideas, but on the worth You bestow upon them. May they fully live out Your plans for their lives.

Day 38: Today we pray that Your love and power will surround all abortion facilities, that Satan will not find a foothold in the lives of those passing by, gathered outside, or about to walk in. May the scales fall from the eyes of those working inside or volunteering outside, that they might turn away from being agents of death and despair, and instead work toward embracing every human life as a gift from Your loving hand.

Day 39: Today we pray for a contagious love to overflow from our spirits, guided by Your Spirit.

Day 40: Today we give thanks and celebrate that Your power is made perfect in our weakness, and that we know that in the end, Your will will be done.

2 comments:

Creativepowerhouse said...

Amen!

sarakoons said...

I love your responses! I really feel like their silly little 40 days of prayer is just a mock at the real 40 days for life and it's quite outraging. I think you might like my latest blog post. I mostly post about girly things but I will post about random things especially abortion. So check it out if you're interested http://sarakoons-sarasworld.blogspot.com/