Skip to comments.Welcome to 40 Days for Life: September 26 - November 4, 2012
Posted on 09/25/2012 6:59:18 PM PDT by Salvation
40 Days for Life opens September 26 in 316 locations
It's official! This 40 Days for Life campaign will be a record-setter! The campaign, from September 26 - November 4, will be the largest and longest internationally coordinated pro-life mobilization in history ... and you can help save lives by getting involved TODAY!
Here's a quick rundown:
The full list of locations for the 40 Days for Life campaign has just been posted. Click on the site that is closest to where you live. You will be redirected to the web page for that local 40 Days for Life campaign. On that local web page, sign up with your name and e-mail address to get involved and help save lives!
Take the leap of faith and get involved with 40 Days for Life
Have you been to pray at a 40 Days for Life vigil yet? You may ask, What do I do? or What sign should I bring? The answer is simple; the only sign you really need to bring is yourself, for you represent Gods love.
Prayer and fasting:
Christ told us some demons can only be driven out by prayer and fasting. The two go hand in hand. Prayer keeps us rooted in the fact that it is our desire to carry out God's will. Fasting is a sacrifice that helps us reach beyond our own limitations with God's help.
Fasting is not a Christian diet; it is a form of physical prayer. You can fast from food, TV, alcohol ... anything that separates you from God.
The most visible component of 40 Days for Life is a constant prayer vigil outside a place where children are aborted. It is the hope that the vigil can be maintained 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
It is a prayerful witness to the clinic's patients and employees, and to the entire community, that evil is in our midst and that with God's help, it will be defeated.
During 40 Days for Life, the pro-life message is proactively taken to the community through focused, grassroots educational efforts. People are given the opportunity to visibly show their support for 40 Days for Life.
A door-to-door petition and education drive reaches out. Informational flyers can raise awareness about abortion. Church involvement, media contact and campus outreach also contribute.
What 40 Days for Life has witnessed (so far!)
There have now been ten coordinated 40 Days for Life campaigns since 2007, mobilizing people of faith and conscience in 440 cities across the United States and Canada, plus cities in Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Belize, Denmark, England, Georgia, Germany, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Poland, Puerto Rico and Spain.
During these unified efforts, participants witnessed countless blessings from God:
After so many years of legalized abortion, many people of faith are experiencing a renewed sense of HOPE!
24 abortion centers close following 40 Days for Life
On March 1, the Planned Parenthood abortion center in Storm Lake, Iowa shut its doors. Just last fall, this location was the site of a 40 Days for Life vigil, coordinated by Sue Thayer who once served as manager of that very facility ... until she was fired! Watch this video of the local celebration to learn more.
With the closure of the Storm Lake Planned Parenthood center and a second Planned Parenthood location in Knoxville, Iowa that closed the same day. An abortion facility in Allentown, Pennsylvania closed right after the campaign, followed by an abortion center in Knoxville, Tennessee this now makes 24 abortion centers that have shut down during or following 40 Days for Life campaigns outside their doors.
To God be the glory, and congratulations to all the pro-life groups and individuals in these cities whose years of fervent prayers and faithful efforts have been rewarded!
The 40 Days for Life campaign is firmly rooted on a foundation of prayer and fasting. To help maintain focus on the Lord and stay in tune with His guidance, we have prepared a series of daily devotionals one for each of the 40 days of the campaign plus two bonus devotionals.
We fervently believe that prayer and fasting will end abortion, and your prayers are very much needed and appreciated. Please follow the links below to read and meditate upon these brief reflections.
Printable versions are available; please click the link at the bottom of each devotional.
Day of Preparation - September 25
For God's blessing upon all participating in the coming 40 Days for Life campaign.
If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land.
-- 2 Chronicles 7:14
Not unlike God's chosen people of Israel, we must humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways, if we expect God to hear from heaven, forgive our sin, and heal our land. The need for repentance has not been greater since the Supreme Court decision of Roe vs. Wade in 1973. The number one cause of death in America is the needless sacrifice of our children at the altar of convenience called abortion. Conservative estimates put the number of deaths at nearly 48 million.
And lest we think this is an issue outside the church walls, 43 percent of women obtaining abortions identify themselves as Protestant, and 27 percent identify themselves as Catholic. One in four women has at least one abortion by the age of 45 -- both non-Christian and Christian alike. Where was the voice of Truth -- the church?
Mary Comm of In Our Midst Ministries, Inc. sums up the issue best as she writes, "We (the church) have been an unintentional accomplice to the millions of lives lost and to the multiplied millions of lives devastated by abortion. We didn't want them to abort. We didn't mean for them to abort. But, because of our lack of knowledge, because of our fear, we have continued to stand by and do nothing. We, God's hands and feet in this dark and hurting world, have been unintentional, unknowledgeable accomplice, but an accomplice nonetheless."
May today mark the beginning of change within the church, as God's people, in unity, seek His forgiveness.
Heavenly Father, we have turned our backs on you and your principles in your Word. We have allowed man to usurp Your role as God over life and the number of our days. But we come to you in brokenness and repentance over our sin. We cry out for Your mercy and ask you to remove the scourge of abortion from our land. Use us as your vessels, Lord, to bring the light of Your Truth to our nation once again. Because of Christ we pray, amen.
40 Days for Life board of directors
Ready to go here in Ohio. Thanks, Salvation.
It may have been me or my computer or forces who did not want this posted. But I had to post it three times before it finally made it.
Makes one wonder.
Thanks for bumping and signing in with your state.
Today’s email from Shawn Carney:
The largest 40 Days for Life campaign ever starts
tomorrow in 316 locations ... with more than 40
brand-new cities, including Kampala, Uganda!
Today I am in chilly Ohio, where I spoke at a kickoff
event for the Toledo 40 Days for Life campaign before
heading to St. Paul, Minnesota tomorrow.
Since returning from Australia, our national director,
David Bereit, has already helped to kick off local
campaigns in New Hampshire, Maryland, Washington, DC and
Virginia. Tomorrow he will be in Fort Worth, Texas,
launching their 40 Days for Life before heading on
to Kansas City.
Five years ago, when 40 Days for Life was first launched
as a national effort, David and I were hoping 20 cities
would take part. But God put that campaign in 89 cities.
In these five years, YOUR faith in God has been the
difference. Your faith is the reason this humble effort
has spread to an overall total of 440 cities ...
... from 1,000 volunteers in Texas to 525,000 worldwide ...
... from a few churches to 15,000 ...
... and from one country to 15 around the globe.
Over those five years, you’ve sacrificed and persevered
through rain, snow, heat ... and a shout or two from
those who did not agree with you.
But God has worked miracles ...
... miracles of babies joining the peaceful vigils
outside the places they were schedule to be aborted ...
... workers who joined and even led the very campaigns
they were trained to despise ...
... and with abortion facilities closing their doors.
As inspiring as these results are for us as we move
forward, they mean very little to the woman scheduled
for an abortion this week. Over these 40 days, we once
again have an opportunity to pray and fast — and to be
a witness to the hope and love of Christ.
And PRAYER does come first.
You’ll be getting messages from me each of the 40 days
with a quick campaign update and a daily devotional.
On this day before the campaign begins, I’d also like to
recommend an article about the 69 abortion workers who
have left their jobs after 40 Days for Life vigils were
held in the public right-of-way outside their buildings.
In this new article, Abby Johnson, the former director
of the Planned Parenthood abortion center in College
Station, Texas (the very place that 40 Days for Life
began), comments on the love she received from vigil
“They had always told me, ‘If you ever want to leave,
we’ll be here for you.’” she said. “I decided to put
them to the test. I broke down and told them, ‘I know
what I’ve been doing is wrong, and I want out.’ They
just looked at me and said, ‘We’re here to help you.’”
To read the full article in the National Catholic
Register, please go to:
A prayerful foundation is the key for bringing a “what
would Jesus do” attitude to the vigil. This is the
attitude that has helped mothers choose life for their
babies — and helped clinic employees like Abby Johnson
change their hearts and leave the abortion business.
This is my personal invitation for you to get involved.
Here’s the link to all 316 locations — please find the
one nearest you and learn how you can help:
Lord Jesus bless your good works. God stands with the righteous.
Thanks. These are neat to have handy.
Thanks for stopping by to pray. If you can go to the abortion clinics, even sitting in your car across the street, and pray — a powerful message is being sent.
Bump for life!
This is a super list, Salvation. Thank you very much!
Another Ohio participant heard from. Unfortunately, the nearest 40 Days vigil site to me is in Huntington, WV (less than 1 hour away). I may be signing up to do some prayer time down there—I just signed up with their local chapter online this morning. I do belong to the Gallia County Right to Life and will be participating in the Life Chain on October 7th.
As we begin this 40-day journey of prayer and fasting,
peaceful vigil, and community outreach, imagine what
God can do through YOU ... in YOUR city.
In a NEW kickoff video, David Bereit — our national
director — shares a touching (and rarely told) story
that shows the powerful impact one person can make:
In the video, you’ll learn about one person — who was
personally affected by abortion — who helped to launch
the entire 40 Days for Life worldwide movement ... and
you’ll hear David share an inspiring account of the
baby he met this weekend whose life was spared through
one person participating in 40 Days for Life.
Make time to watch this video — you’ll be glad you did:
If we are willing to pray ... and ACT ... God can work
through us. I’m getting ready to visit the 40 Days for
Life in Minnesota’s Twin Cities, and the volunteers
here fully understand that.
Their campaign is focusing on a second abortion center
— because following the campaign a year ago, the FIRST
abortion location where they held their 40-day prayer
There had been SEVEN 40 Days for Life campaigns outside
a hospital that did abortions. But hospital managers
closed the abortion unit because business had declined
40 percent during that time and abortion was no longer
economically viable (or in plain English, they were
The quick point to take away from this is that God
answered prayers in the Twin Cities — and He is ready
to answer prayers in YOUR city!
The Reno-Tahoe area was among the 89 cities that took
part in the first 40 Days for Life campaign five years
ago. (Yes, it’s been FIVE YEARS!) Faithful volunteers
are back again for this campaign. Over the years,
they’ve seen changes at the abortion center.
This is one of the most challenging locations for a
40 Days for Life vigil. The abortionist is a rather
belligerent individual who taunts vigil participants
with signs on the side of the building. He also turns
a sprinkler system on the prayer volunteers and plays
vulgar music through a powerful sound system.
But even here, the quiet voice of prayer is having
People pray outside that abortion center year-round
now. In addition to praying at the sidewalk, they
observe the comings and goings at the building.
Operating hours have decreased. Instead of opening
early in the day, the doors aren’t opened til
mid-morning now. They also appear to be open fewer
days each week.
One day recently, the staff came and went. But there
were no customers. NO ONE had an abortion that day.
Said one of the volunteers, “all we can do is
re-double our prayer in the hopes that this means
lives and souls are being spared the pain of abortion.”
God is moving in a powerful way. Keep praying!
To find the 40 Days for Life location nearest you,
Click on the city name — and sign up to get involved!
Day 1 - September 26
That we may use these 40 Days for Life to plead for God's mercy and grace upon all those involved in the sin of abortion.
Blow the trumpet in Zion! Proclaim a fast, call an assembly. Gather the people, notify the congregation. Assemble the elders; gather the children and the infants at the breast Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep and say, "Spare, O Lord, your people."
-- Joel 2:15-17
The toll of abortion cannot be measured. We hear estimates of almost 50 million innocent victims, but that's only one aspect of the harm that has unfolded in abortion's wake. There are also the mothers and fathers of these millions, as well as the grandparents, brothers and sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins. Unborn lives destroyed. Lives of the living shattered.
It's overwhelming and depressing, but even in the midst of such unfathomable darkness, the church teaches us to have hope. Yes, it was indeed Calvary that followed Christ's 40 days in the desert, but without Calvary there would have been no Resurrection - His victory over death that opened the gates of heaven to those who believe in and follow Him.
The psalmist encourages us to go humbly before God as we seek His will: "A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me Give me back the joy of your salvation and a willing spirit sustain in me O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall proclaim your praise" (Psalm 51:12, 14, 17).
We are called to be God's messengers; or as the Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: "We are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ: be reconciled to God" (2 Corinthians 5:20). That is the true message to all we encounter at the abortion centers and in our communities who have been deceived by the Culture of Death. We don't bring condemnation; we bring God's good news.
Lord, we ask for the strength, courage, wisdom, determination and stamina to carry out this mission according to Your will. Guide us, we pray, as we go forth and proclaim Your truth, always doing so with a spirit of love and compassion, as was demonstrated to us by Your Son, Jesus Christ. In His name we pray, amen.
Communications Director, 40 Days for Life
We had about 30 people at the Dayton, OH abortion center today. There was singing and Bible reading as well as many prayers. May God rescue the babies and the mothers and fathers, in the Name of Jesus.
“God is moving in a powerful way. Keep praying!”
Day 2 - September 27
Pray for those who work in the abortion industry, and for those who have repented of committing abortions and have resolved to defend life.
Jesus called out with a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." When he had said this, he breathed his last. The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, "Surely this was a righteous man."
-- Luke 23:46-47
"Those of us who have participated in the killing of unborn children are the Centurions of today. We have dropped our swords against the unborn child. Now we must recognize the depth of our guilt and deal with the ramifications... To revitalize our humanity we need to forgive and be forgiven, to reconcile and be healed."
These words come from a brochure of the Society of Centurions, an organization for former abortion providers. These words convey in a beautiful and moving way what is happening across the nation as hundreds of abortionists and their staff members experience repentance, conversion, and healing.
How does this conversion begin? Dr. Philip Ney writes, "The factors that changed their opinion on performing abortions, in the following order of frequency, were: evidence of the infant's humanity, a spiritual experience, personal distress, evidence of the mother's distress, scientific articles, being accepted as a person, a personal relationship with a pro-lifer, pro-life pickets." (The Centurion's Pathway, p. 77).
The journey is not easy. But the Jesus who heals us calls us to face the truth of what we've done, make restitution where possible, and engage in the hard work of mending relationships. Let's pray for the Centurions; may their numbers increase!
Lord, we thank you for those who have repented of committing abortions and have resolved to defend life. We too repent and resolve. We repent of every instance in which fear has made us silent when we should have spoken. We repent of the ongoing bloodshed in our land, and for thinking that we can deprive the unborn of protection but keep it for ourselves. We resolve that we will advance the cause of righteous candidates for public office, and that we will be more afraid of offending you by our silence than of offending others by our speech. We resolve that we will proclaim your name to the nations, through Jesus Christ our Lord, amen.
Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life
Thank you so much for posting this daily, Salvation. Your devotion is a blessing to many. :-)
Here’s today’s update from Shawn Carney:
I’m fresh from a visit with a wonderful group of
volunteers at the 40 Days for Life vigil in St. Paul,
Minnesota — and Ive got great news today.
One of our main prayers during these 40 days is that
children scheduled for abortion will be spared through
prayer, fasting and God’s love being shown in the
public right-of-way outside the abortion centers.
On the very first day of the campaign, God has already
answered those prayers — and shown again that your
peaceful efforts are worth it.
I hope you’re encouraged by these early blessings
from a diverse group of locations — England, Texas
There are THREE 40 Days for Life locations in the
greater London area, and God has ALREADY provided a
huge blessing at the vigil site on Whitfield Street,
where volunteers are praying outside a Marie Stopes
Stuart got a call from the Good Counsel Network with
the news. One of the counselors at the vigil site had
spoken to a young woman, who became convinced that
abortion was the wrong answer.
The woman, he said, “is a foreign national, so as well
as offering her help, we will put her in contact with
other mothers from her country we have helped before.”
Stuart is asking volunteers to pray each of these
40 days that an abortion center in England will close
its doors forever.
He also sent a photo of the 40 Days for Life vigil,
taken around 12:15 am on Day 1. To see the picture,
Close to 250 faithful gathered at a city park across
the street from the Dallas late-term abortion facility
where the 40 Days for Life vigil is taking place.
Kickoff rally participants signed up for vigil hours
while visiting with local pro-life ministries at
tables set up throughout the park.
The rally began with praise and worship, followed by
remarks from area pastors. Dave Sterrett, who serves
on the 40 Days for Life board of directors, gave the
“A couple of special messages resounded throughout the
evening,” said Lauren Muzyka of the 40 Days for Life
national team. “Speakers highlighted the special role
that men play in defending the gift of life, as well
as the hope we have in God — that He is big enough to
conquer and end the evil of abortion in our land.”
To see a picture of the Dallas event, go to:
Diane said it was a beautiful day for the kickoff of
Klamath Falls’ first 40 Days for Life campaign — but
a tad windy, perhaps, as campaign literature “wanted
to take flight.”
The group gathered on the steps of the Government
Center, with a number of churches, a pro-life
pregnancy center and Oregon Right to Life represented.
“We started with music and speakers at the Government
Center, then walked around the building and across
the street to the vigil site for a brief talk,” she
said. “We closed with a group prayer for the vigil
and sang Amazing Grace.”
For a photo of the Klamath Falls event, go to:
Day 3 - September 28
We pray for God's gift of strength as we strive to protect human life during these 40 Days for Life.
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
-- Matthew 6:25-26
Billions of dollars are spent each year on diet plans. But Jesus tells us to stop worrying so much about our bodies, and instead to trust in God's care for our physical needs.
What would happen if the people who had started on a low-carb diet this year had instead gone on a diet of heavenly food? For non-believers that diet would include trusting in Christ for their salvation, and for believers it would include a renewed prayer life, a new Bible study, or even a spiritual fast. This diet doesn't include giving up on certain kinds of foods. What this diet includes is giving up on anxiety by resting in the loving arms of Christ, trusting that He will provide.
Such a spiritual diet also frees us from our worries, and allows us to freely praise Him and serve others. "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?"
This promised provision teaches us the inestimable worth of our lives. He will not allow us to go without. This intimate knowledge and care for human life on the part of our gracious God is what motivates us to seek for the preservation of human life in all its stages.
Loving heavenly Father, help us to see the worth of all human beings by the way in which you provide for us. We would ask that you provide also the faith, grace and courage to enable us to protect that which is so precious to you. Through Christ our Lord, amen.
Lutherans for Life
I’m just back from speaking to a HUGE crowd at the
40 Days for Life kickoff in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Their vigil moved to a new site for 2012 — a
Planned Parenthood location. That’s because last
year, the site where the volunteers had been praying
previously STOPPED DOING ABORTIONS!
In this short video report, local leader Brian Gibson
outlines 40 Days for Life’s focus on prayer for SEVEN
campaigns ... and Regions Hospital’s decision to get
out of the abortion business.
To watch this encouraging video, go to:
The kickoff events I attend may draw hundreds, but
the vigils themselves usually see just a few people
at a time. Passersby may shrug and say, “There’s not
much to it, is there?”
But as you know ... theres more going on than
meets the eye!
“Small but mighty” is the subject line on a picture
the Dover team e-mailed me. It shows a few people at
the peaceful vigil on public grounds outside Planned
Parenthood during Dover’s ninth 40 Days for Life
As Jesus told us in Matthew 18:20, “Where two or
three are gathered together in my name, there am I
in their midst.”
To see the picture from the Dover campaign, please
Even if by chance you are outside the abortion center
by yourself, you are certainly not alone. There are
others also standing vigil, at every hour of each of
these 40 days, at some place around the world
“Here in Finland, we dont have 40 Days for Life yet,”
wrote someone only identified as Foreigner, “but at
least one person is praying over the daily devotionals
with you and following your blog.”
Foreigner describes a country where any sort of
physical punishment for children is forbidden. “But
abortion (most before 12 weeks by drugs) is seen as
something so normal that there aren’t even done in
separate abortion facilities, but in every hospital,
even in maternity wards, in every health center, by
almost every doctor and nurse.”
Foreigner held her own one-person candlelight prayer
vigil outside a hospital on Day 1 as two women came
out. One was wearing a nightgown and robe. An abortion
patient, Foreigner wondered? If so, “I hope and pray
God will help them see what they have done, so they
can be saved and healed, and save others from making
the horrible ‘choice.’”
The abortion center in Fort Lauderdale was closed on
Wednesday — it may have been because of Yom Kippur,
the Jewish holy day known as the Day of Atonement. “But
we made an impact as we stood and prayed,” said John.
One driver saw their signs, stopped and called out
through her open window. She wanted to know if
abortion was okay in cases of incest. John’s wife
had a 20-minute conversation with her and made some
headway in explaining why abortion is always wrong.
“Standing and praying at the abortion center brings
the buried issue of abortion to the surface,” John
said, “and that can lead to changed minds — and
If you haven’t joined the vigil yet, he added, please
do so! Here’s the link to the list of locations:
To see a photo from the 40 Days for Life vigil in
Fort Lauderdale, please go to:
Two turn-aways today! Thank You, Merciful God!
See, I have already begun!: God doing great things through 40 Days for Life
by Natalie N. Farber
Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:14 EST
Tags: 40 days for life, abortion, planned parenthood
For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. Isaiah 43:19
September 28, 2012 (Bound4Life.com) - I stood there holding a candle and singing 1,000 Reasons with the voices of men and women whose faces I see every spring and every fall. It is always such an honor to stand alongside these faithful ones and many new voices that are joining in for the very first time. 40 Days for Life has begun in our city again and my heart is filled with a hope that God is about to do something new through our prayers. He always does.
Yesterday, as we stood together worshipping and praying, Isaiah 43:19 kept swimming through my mind. God is about to do something new in our midst. Jesus is about to reach out to hundreds of thousands across the world in His passionate love for the gift of Life. People will be healed, rescued, and loved through the prayers that will sweep through our country and beyond.
40 Days for Life began in 2007 and there have been ten synchronized campaigns since then. It has mobilized people of Faith in 440 cities across the United States and Canada, also cities in Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Belize, Denmark, England, Georgia, Germany, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Poland, Puerto Rico and Spain. But this fall, 40 Days for Life is much different than the other campaigns. This will be the largest 40 Days for Life campaign we have ever had in 316 locations with more than 40 brand-new cities, including Kampala, Uganda.
Five years ago, when 40 Days for Life was first born as a national effort, God placed this campaign in 89 cities. In these first five years, this prayer effort for Life has now reached an overall total of 440 cities. I am going to say it, again: God is in our midst and He is doing something new. Do you see it, yet? He is making a pathway through the hurt and the death-ridden. He is creating refreshment in the places of destruction.
God has marked this campaign with millions of miracles sung and unsung. Here is just one that will move your heart for praying for the abortion workers. The very first place where 40 Days for Life began was a Planned Parenthood in College Station, Texas where former director of this same abortion center, Abby Johnson, received new hope from 40 Days for Life participants. She received help when she decided what she was working for was wrong and wanted out. You can read her full article in the National Catholic Register here.
The most moving principle of 40 Days for Life for me is that it is established and sustained by the prayer of the people. The most vulnerable place to be for me is in the place of prayer. It is a display of submission and an effort of letting go of control and asking the God of Heaven to intercede and fight for us. It is one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen driving up day after day to the same sidewalk in front of our city abortion clinic and seeing Gods people gather to pray in love and in persistence for the mothers, the fathers, the babies, and the workers inside to all live abundantly. We are all praying for something so much bigger than ourselvesto set the captives free so that they may live.
You can be a voice of prayer, too. I encourage anyone who has never prayed outside of their home or church for the ending of abortion to join the others praying on the sidewalks. A witness makes a difference as I was taught last night as a post-abortive mother told her testimony reiterating that there was no one standing as a witness that day she went to have her abortion. She says she often wonders if she would have changed her mind had there been someone there standing on the sidewalk and praying for her. I want the Church to be standing as a witness outside of these places where our people need us the most. You can see this full list of locations for the 40 Days for Life campaign so you can be a voice of prayer and a witness in your city. Once you find your nearby city, you can get involved immediately.
Lastly, here are some statistics from 40 Days for Life website where you to see just what God has been doing through the prayers of 40 Days for Life. A black and white picture of what He has done can be seen and mildly measured but what is to come in this new season will be a new thing .much greater and much more powerful than the latter. I invite you to come alongside us.
During these 5 years, these are the countless blessings from God:
1,894 individual campaigns have taken place in 440 cities
More than 525,000 have joined together in an historic display of unity to pray and fast for an end to abortion
More than 15,000 church congregations have participated in the 40 Days for Life campaigns
Reports document 5,928 lives that have been spared from abortion and those are just the ones we know about
69 abortion workers have quit their jobs and walked away from the abortion industry
24 abortion facilities completely shut down following local 40 Days for Life campaigns
Hundreds of women and men have been spared from the tragic effects of abortion, including a lifetime of regrets
More than 2,100 news stories have been featured in newspapers, magazines, radio shows and TV programs from coast to coast and overseas
Many people with past abortion experiences have stepped forward to begin post-abortion healing and recovery
Reprinted with permission from Bound4Life.com
Good article, thanks.
Day 4 - September 29
We ask God that we may understand the concept of justice, as a gift he gives and as a responsibility that shapes our work.
Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!
-- Amos 5:24
Justice, a key theme of the Scriptures, is something God does and that we too must do.
When God intervenes to save his people when they are helpless and in slavery in Egypt, he "does justice." He manifested his justice in the plagues that were sent upon Egypt, whereby Pharaoh was convinced that he must let the people go. Justice is manifested as, in awe and wonder, God's people see the Red Sea open before them, allow them to pass without even getting their feet wet, and then close again to drown their powerful enemies.
God is a God of Justice; he rescues us when we cannot save ourselves. His justice, above all, is seen in Jesus Christ, who, when we could not save ourselves, rescued us from the kingdom of sin, Satan, death, and hell. The mighty work of Christ on the cross and in the resurrection is the perfect manifestation of God as the God of justice.
We, then, are to be the people of justice; we are to "do justice" by intervening to save the helpless in the name and by the power of the God who saves us who are helpless ourselves. That's why we have a pro-life movement; that's why we have a 40 Days for Life Campaign; that's why saving the unborn is our business.
God of Justice, you heard the cry of your people when they were being oppressed in Egypt, and you proved yourself to be the God of justice, who rescues the helpless. You likewise rescued us from the kingdom of darkness, and brought us into the Kingdom of your Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, who saves us from the power of Satan, sin, death, and hell. Make us people of justice, ready to intervene to save the helpless. Indeed, as your prophets have announced, let justice roll on like a mighty river, to save all who are in need, especially the unborn. We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life
Today’s email from Shawn Carney:
Yes, I know a lot of people shudder when they hear
those words. At the national level, there is often
disdain for Christianity and everything Christians
do. At the local level, however, its often a much
40 Days for Life campaigns are finding local news
organizations are willing to listen ... and our
local leaders have done a great job during this
first week of the campaign to take full advantage.
Even when the the media doesn’t agree with us,
they’re still providing a huge platform and enabling
local leaders to spread the word about 40 Days for
Life throughout the communities they serve.
See for yourself!
Green Bay was part of the first 40 Days for Life
campaign five years ago, and is now participating
for the ninth time. Among the local media covering
the opening day event was the Fox affiliate.
One of the local team members told the reporter, “We
decided the best thing to do is just surround the
buildings with prayer, with our prayer for those who
are involved with abortion, those who are considering
abortion, and hopefully to change their hearts and
minds through a peaceful prayer vigil.”
The reporter asked for comment from the abortion
facilitys staff, but no one wanted to talk.
For a link to the WLUK-TV coverage of the Green Bay
vigil, please go to:
Milton Keynes is about 45 miles northwest of London.
The city is taking part in its first 40 Days for Life
campaign, praying near a BPAS abortion facility. BPAS
is one of the main abortion providers in Great Britain.
Local director Andy Burton recently had an opportunity
to spread the word about the campaign on BBC Three
Counties Radio. While he was able to talk about the
vigil, the need for prayer and the nature of the BPAS
abortion business, the host was intent on interrupting
him and questioning him repeatedly about “hard case”
scenarios such as rape and incest.
It was not an especially friendly interview. But more
people in the area now know about 40 Days for Life.
To hear a 5-minute segment please go to:
This is the fourth 40 Days for Life effort in Saginaw.
The opening day of this campaign saw a number of people
come out to pray — including Bishop Joseph Cistone of
the local Catholic diocese.
A news team from the local CBS affiliate was there to
report on the vigil — and to interview Bishop Cistone.
“We believe in the power of God so we are interceding
that God will do His work among our people,” he said,
“that there would be an end to abortion and we would
have a deeper respect for life at all its stages from
conception to natural death.”
As for the “other side” of the story, here again, no
one from the abortion center would go on camera.
For a link to the report from WNEM-TV, please go to:
Day 5 - September 30
May the truth of the final judgment shape our thoughts, priorities, and choices here on earth.
The King will answer and say to them, "Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me."
-- Matthew 25:31-46
Caring for others is not optional.
Jesus' picture of the final judgment concludes with this sobering word: the wicked, who failed to care for others in their various needs (e.g., the hungry, the thirsty, the aliens, the naked, the sick, the imprisoned) will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous who did seek to meet those needs will end up with him, enjoying eternal life.
We know that this was no parable! Jesus has given us fair warning! Everything in God's Word points to the truth that compassionate concern and practical care for all people, especially for the poor, the destitute, the weak and needy is required of us, if indeed we hope to escape the punishment of the fire of hell.
And who are the poor and needy, if not helpless, unborn babies, as well as the aged and infirm at the other end of life? Surely the "least of these" embraces not only those at both ends of the continuum of life, but all others in between. Just how we, as Christ's true followers, respond to his admonition "inasmuch as you did it to the least of these, you did it to me" will determine whether we enjoy eternal bliss in his presence or the bleak and dreadful reality of eternal punishment in hell. Nothing in God's Word could be clearer!
Gracious and merciful Father, we gladly embrace your Word that counsels us to care for the least of your children, and we renew our dedication to defending the unborn and all whose right to life is compromised by our godless society's selfish lack of concern. Free us from our own failures and sins so that we will be truly pro-life in every area of our lives. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Rev. Ben Sheldon
President Emeritus, Presbyterians Pro-Life
Today’s email from Shawn Carney:
Abortions on a Sunday?
Even on the Lord’s Day, there are abortionists open
for business. As hard as that may seem to believe,
Your prayers are needed so women don’t make a mistake
that will cost their babies their lives — and will
perhaps affect them in ways they can’t even imagine
for years to come.
But even for those who have made that mistake, there
is eternal hope. Here are a couple of stories of hurt
... and healing.
I’m going to keep the location confidential for this
“I received a call from a woman telling me she had
gotten information about our campaign from a local
church,” a local leader said, “and she wanted to know
if she could help. Her voice was a little broken, as
she explained to me that people just don’t realize
how they might feel later.”
The caller went on to say that women who think
abortion is the answer just don’t realize that years
later, they’ll be wondering about the baby — what
they would have looked like, what they might have
gone on to do. They also don’t realize that God will
hold them accountable for what they’ve done.
“As she was saying these things, and trying to speak
clearly, she was sobbing between her words,” the
leader said. “I could hear the pain in her voice.”
Finally, the 40 Days for Life volunteer asked her,
“Ma’am, did you have an abortion?”
In tears, the caller answered, “No, but my daughter
did. She was 15 at the time and I was going through
a divorce. She was so young. We thought it was the
best thing.” She considered herself responsible.
The woman was quickly told that the Lord is always
ready to forgive and Rachels Vineyard, for instance,
offers retreats for healing after abortion. She was
also told about the pro-life pregnancy help center
and the services it offers.
The woman expressed relief and gratitude.
“40 Days for Life is about so much more than what we
may originally think,” the leader said. “I did not
expect that call. It was totally heart-wrenching. I
have been so blessed to be part of this — to see the
power of God working and to be part of helping
someone to heal in some small way. Please know ...
you are making a difference!”
The grandmother in the first story wanted to do
whatever she could to convince others to avoid the
path she took.
So did a woman Texas, who brought her message to the
sidewalk in front of an abortion center in south
Austin. She stood and prayed, holding a sign that
reads, “I regret my abortion.”
As she prayed, two women drove up to the building.
One of them appeared to be quite upset. The two looked
at the woman praying ... glanced at the sign ... and
But they weren’t inside long. After a very short stay,
they left the building, got into their car and drove
towards the exit, stopping at the sidewalk where one
of them took information about community resources.
She looked at the volunteer and said, I cant do it.
I just cant do it. Thank you very much!
One woman’s simple, prayerful presence was all it took.
Day 6 - October 1
That knowing the shortness of life, all may value it more deeply.
Remember your Creator before the silver cord is loosed, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher shattered at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the well. Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.
-- Ecclesiastes 12:6-7
God is giver of all life. Short lived or long lived, human lives are lived out in this world. The metaphors for death are many. But their meaning is clear and singular: all will die. Even so, death is not the absolute end. It is not the end of the story. For as certainly as God gave life, at death the life or spirit that God gave returns to God.
By God, we are created. For God, we live our given days. To God, we return at the end of our earthly days. And with God, we live through eternity. Clearly, all along the way, this gracious, loving God is with us. No human life is random or alone. No human life was created without purpose. Not one human life is without destiny.
All human lives, acknowledged or not, are related to God -- from beginning, to end, throughout eternity. Therefore, in this world, all human lives are to be respected and protected, for their lives are signs of God's sovereignty.
O God, we too often try to live in ways that ignore our coming death. We forget that our days are numbered by You, that at the end of our days your judgment awaits, that You are the Lord of our destiny.
Help us to repent daily, and then to live each day in joyful obedience. Lead us to live in the light and promise of eternity. Prepare us to live fully and sacrificially. Prepare us to die faithfully and hopefully, so that we might live forever with You. Through Jesus Christ, who has gone before us, we trust and hope and love and pray. Amen.
Rev. Paul Stallsworth
President, Lifewatch (United Methodist Church)
Day 7 - October 2
May we have a heart and a zeal to save the poor and release the oppressed.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.
-- Luke 4:18-19
This passage is a very familiar one. It has been preached on many occasions, even made popular in books and songs. Though the quote is about Jesus, all Christians take this commission seriously as a directive on how to reach the world with the gospel. We, like our Savior, are to bring the good news to the poor, the broken hearted, those in captivity, those who cannot see, and the oppressed.
The commission given to us in this passage is clearly a charge to care for those for whom God cares the most. I wonder though, whom do we look for to be touched by the Holy Spirit as we go out into the world?
Who are the poor, if not those unborn children who have been abandoned by their parents before they ever leave the womb? Who are the broken hearted, if not those unborn children whose only example of love is having their mother take them to an abortion clinic to be destroyed, or the mother of a child who has been deceived by everyone around her into believing that what she is doing is best for her and her child? Who are the captives, if not those unborn children who are bound over to death by the "choice" of abortion? Who is more blind than an unborn child in the darkness of a womb that has become a waiting room for their death? And who is more oppressed than those unborn children whose oppression has been legitimized by their government, their church and even their family and loved ones.
Lord, You empower us with Your Spirit to do your will in the earth. Send us to the poorest, the most broken, the most captive, the most blind and the most oppressed in the world, the innocent pre-born children in their mother's wombs that are scheduled for destruction. Help us to bring them healing, liberty, sight and justice through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Fr. Terry Gensemer
National Director, Charismatic Episcopal Church for Life
Can we do more?
Are you praying in front of a Planned Parenthood during this 40 Days for Life campaign?
Shawn Carney’s email for today.
As the first full week of this 40 Days for Life
campaign comes to an end, we’ve already seen many
blessings ... and we expect God to send more. The
one question local campaign leaders are asking is:
Can YOU do more?
The 40 Days for Life team in St. Louis is expanding
their efforts this campaign, including for the first
time some overnight coverage for their peaceful vigil.
“The power of prayer lives outside of time and space,”
said Brian Westbrook, the local coordinator. “When we
are standing on the sidewalk praying at night, the
woman who is about to go to the abortion facility the
next day is staying up all night worried because she
feels she has no other choice but to abort.”
He added that prayers often help to comfort and
empower these women to carry their children to term.
“Abortion is a serious matter,” Brian said, “and we
are showing our community that we are willing to step
out of our comfort zone to stand up for the truth and
change our local culture to END abortion, not just
To see a picture of some of the nighttime prayer
volunteers in St. Louis, please go to:
Wynette in Sacramento tells me that Thursdays, Fridays
and Saturdays have always been very busy abortion days
at the location where 40 Days for Life vigils are held.
But she just found out last week that they are now
completely closed on Saturdays!
“Dozens of children have lost their lives each
Saturday at this location for years in our community,”
she said, “but due to reduced demand for abortion, an
attempt by the abortion business to cut costs, and the
loss of several key veteran abortion staff members,
the business is now closed on Saturdays, which is an
encouraging answer to prayer!”
Wynette also says she personally witnessed the answer
to other prayers. “I was present when a car pulled
over at the corner and the young woman said, ‘I
changed my mind and didn’t have my abortion!’
To see photos of the 40 Days for Life vigil in
Sacramento, please go to:
Finally, Id like to share a story without giving
names or locations.
One of our local teams tells the story of a couple
who pledged their lives together “in sickness and
in health.” Now one of them has cancer.
For the next seven weeks, virtually coinciding with
40 Days for Life prayer campaign, they will be
traveling past the vigil site en route to the hospital
for chemo. They’ve decided that every day after the
cancer treatment, they will stop by the vigil site
“They are not people who want adulations for what
they are doing,” said one local team member. “They
prefer anonymity. We are inspired by this couple —
and challenged to do more. Much more!”
Day 8 - October 3
May the spirit and example of the Good Samaritan fill the hearts and minds of all our citizens.
Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So, too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.'
"Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?" The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise."
-- Luke 10:30-37
Here Jesus commands us to show mercy to the victims of the culture of violence and death.
But why did the priest and Levite fail to show mercy? Perhaps they feared that the robbers were hiding just around the next corner to attack them. They asked themselves, "If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
The Samaritan, however, reversed the question, and asked, "If I don't stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
In working to save the unborn, let's not worry about what will happen to us if we act; let's worry about what will happen to the unborn if we don't.
Father, we are moved by the lesson of the Good Samaritan, who allowed compassion to influence him more than fear. Give us the same heart. Grant that we may never count the cost of standing up and speaking out for the unborn. We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life
Email for today:
Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion chain in the
United States, does a staggering 330,000 abortions
EVERY year. The abortion giant does this with more
than $480 million in YOUR tax money.
The first 40 Days for Life campaign was held in front
of a Planned Parenthood in College Station, Texas — a
campaign that led to 28% drop in local abortion numbers.
It’s no wonder that the president of Planned Parenthood
labeled College Station as “the most anti-choice place
During the current 40 Days for Life campaign, 150 of
the 316 locations are outside Planned Parenthood
facilities. Whether Planned Parenthood operates in
your community or not, keep praying! Those prayers
are making a difference.
Eileen in Spring Valley is encouraging prayer and
fasting for a Planned Parenthood-free community.
She’s already seeing signs that prayer is having a
direct impact. The local Planned Parenthood affiliate
has begun its “pledge-a-protester” program, asking
pro-abortion supporters to pledge money for each of
the “protesters” (that means the people like you
peacefully praying on the sidewalk).
The appeal is loaded with lies about vigil participants
and is nothing more than an attempt to keep the number
of prayer volunteers down. “Pledge-a-protester” is a
sure sign of desperation.
Eileen sent some photos of whats really going on in
Spring Valley. Theres one picture of Pastor Floyd
Nicholson of Grace Point Fellowship Church leading
prayer, as well as a photo of praying during the vigil.
For pictures from the Spring Valley campaign, please
Kathy in Columbia put it in very simple terms for
40 Days for Life prayer volunteers: “All of you are
invited! Babies and moms are saved when people pray
on the sidewalk!”
The Planned Parenthood facility in Columbia has had a
couple of “escorts” on duty most of the time, but they
spend more time just chatting than anything else.
During the last campaign, there was even a lone
pro-abortion protester showed up almost every day.
But this time, she’s only put in one appearance.
Kathy was encouraged by a new volunteer, a man who
lives about a block and a half from the vigil site.
He prayed for three hours a day and has promised to
be there as much as he can.
“God continues to bless us on the sidewalk and we
thank all of those who have been able to pray,”
For a photo of the vigil in Columbia, please go to:
The 40 Days for Life vigil in Fort Myers is also
taking place in the public right-of-way outside a
Planned Parenthood abortion center.
The campaign began with a procession from a nearby
church to the vigil location. About 250 people took
part, including Bishop Frank Dewayne of the local
Catholic diocese. The event got media coverage from
two TV stations — but as has been the case in other
cities, Planned Parenthood declined to be interviewed.
The procession passed the Community Pregnancy Clinic,
a pro-life outreach that moved to this location within
the past year to address the many abortions taking
place at Planned Parenthood.
“This is our second campaign,” said Paula in Fort
Myers, “and we are so blessed by more and more hands,
feet and hearts to help us along the way.”
For a picture from the Fort Myers campaign, please
FR was so slow last night — didn’t get this posted. My apologies. (I also had dental surgery yesterday and just decided to go to bed!)
Day 9 - October 4
May we grow in joy, knowing we serve a living God.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
-- John 1:14
The Word of God came to us in human form in Jesus Christ. Every time I contemplate this fact I get chills! And I think it is something that we, as Christians, tend to gloss over. I can only imagine how the first disciples felt when they were looking into the eyes of the one and only Almighty God who created them.
The first disciples developed a close relationship with Him as they daily walked and talked with Him. They ate with Him, prayed with Him and rested when He rested. As they listened to the Word of God, who was and is Jesus .they believed and "beheld His glory."
Today, this is something we can still do because we serve a living God. Remember, Jesus died on the cross but rose from the dead in victory! Jesus is every bit as real and alive for all of us as He was to the first disciples. He wants us to develop a close relationship with Him in the very same way. Jesus wants us to know Him personally. He wants us to walk with Him and talk with Him on a daily basis.
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for your love and saving grace in Christ Jesus. Help us to realize every day the great blessing we have in our Savior. I pray that we will rise every morning with excitement and zeal, looking forward to walking another day in your footsteps fully knowing that you continue to dwell among us. Amen.
President, National Black Pro-life Union
Read this great idea in Shawn’s email for today and make similar signs for your area!
Nothing is more powerful in saving lives than prayer
and fasting. But in addition to that, 40 Days for Life
campaigns are adding something else — texting!
Of the thousands of moms that have chosen life during
these campaigns, some have actually sent text messages
to the volunteers outside the abortion center, telling
them of their last-minute decisions to keep their
babies — and thanking them for being there.
I just got a note about how at least one 40 Days for
Life location is using text messaging BEFORE women
even enter the abortion facility to help save lives
... and frustrate Planned Parenthood.
Many Planned Parenthood abortion centers force clients
to turn off their phones because the phones supposedly
interfere with their equipment. Eileen in Indianapolis
says it’s more likely that the phones interfere with
“Perhaps it’s because they might communicate with
someone,” Eileen said, “who might persuade them to
leave and not have an abortion.”
Prayer volunteers are now holding a sign next to
Planned Parenthood’s driveway that says, “Pregnant?
Confused? Txt choice” — and it shows a text number.
A woman who texts to that number will be put in touch
with a counselor.
There’s also a code on the sign that a smart phone
can read. The code leads to a web page that gives
information on contacting a counselor.
“Thank God for wonderful volunteers and creative ways
to continue our ministry,” Eileen said. “We are trying
to be as wise as a serpent and as gentle as a dove.”
Bobbie is helping to coordinate Eastons first 40 Days
for Life campaign. Her efforts must be working. A
Planned Parenthood staffer came out to the sidewalk
to tell her to go home.
“I calmly explained what we were doing and that we
had permission to assemble through November 4,”
Bobbie said. The staff member insisted that they
don’t do abortions at that location.
“But, you do refer [for abortion] and we are praying
for you and the staff, the clients and babies,”
Bobbie responded. The woman said she needed no prayer
and marched off. “So I quietly prayed for her!”
The campaign hasn’t been easy. “We are struggling,”
she said, “but the benefits and results of the vigil
It was a rainy day in Houston, but the sidewalk
outside Planned Parenthood was filled with people
praying. The inconvenient weather did not deter them.
But it did seem to have a big impact on Planned
Around 8:30 that rainy morning, the escorts got in
their cars and left — and did not return. In fact,
the escorts just havent been around much — “the
first time in the twelve campaigns we have organized
in Houston that they have not opposed us with escorts,”
said a 40 Days for Life team member.
The Houston team also tells of a woman who talked to
volunteers after her Planned Parenthood appointment.
Her pregnancy test was positive. But after she told
the Planned Parenthood staff she wasn’t interested
in an abortion, she was told they couldn’t help her.
“That surprised her,” said a 40 Days for Life leader,
“but not us.”
One of the volunteers in Houston has posted a video
showing some of the people standing vigil outside the
Planned Parenthood building, which is one of the
largest abortion centers in North America.
To see the video, please go to:
Day 10 - October 5
Pray for your local pregnancy help center: for those who answer calls from women considering abortion, those who provide ultrasounds, and those who personally help mothers prepare to parent or place for adoption.
Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
When a woman arrives at her local pregnancy help center, the hard work of "rescuing the weak" begins. They listen to her. What desperate circumstance is driving her? They act. A professional ultrasound and medical care is provided. They pray, "God use us." Then, they take up her burdens and work towards life. It is cross-bearing for the child-bearing.
Recently, I prayed for one volunteer who was working with one mother in her struggle. Here is what "rescue the weak" looked like in this one case:
Please keep praying against attack by the enemy. We are overwhelmed by seeing God's hand move in this situation and are so very thankful for the prayers lifted up by each one of you. God is good!
Father, we praise you for this one sister who gave herself, heart and soul, to rescue this one mother and baby. O may you empower the hundreds more today who are serving in our pregnancy help centers. Grant those answering calls, providing ultrasound and following up with a bold spirit of truth, love and perseverance.
Rev. John Ensor
Vice President, Heartbeat International
I’m boarding a plane to visit the 40 Days for Life
campaign in Rockland County, New York — and later
tonight, I’m speaking at a pregnancy center event.
This location is a great example of collaboration
because the pregnancy resource center is across the
street from the Planned Parenthood abortion facility
and they work closely with the 40 Days for Life
volunteers to help women find loving alternatives.
This is the second location for 40 Days for Life
in Rockland County — the first abortion facility
CLOSED after a 40 Days for Life campaign a few
Praying in front of an abortion center makes a
difference — in New York or anywhere else. Like most
people, I was a bit fearful the first time I did it.
But that fear is no match for the peace and hope that
prayer brings to what seems like a hopeless situation.
If you have never done it, now is the time! But don’t
take my word for it — here are some personal prayer
experiences that vigil participants shared on the
40 Days for Life blog.
One volunteer wrote about his first time as a 40 Days
for Life participant at the Raleigh vigil. During his
90 minutes of prayer, he watched people come and go.
“The thing that struck me the most was how everyone
who went in and came out was trying very hard not to
look at me,” he said.
He watched as a worker came out with letters to put
in the mail. “She had to walk by me to get to the
mailbox. The whole time to the mailbox and back ...
she walked with her head down and turned away.”
He said that the workers and clients alike didn’t
look angry, and didn’t look like they were trying
to ignore him. No, he said, “they looked ashamed.”
He prayed that all these people would come to know
Jesus, that they would “turn from the very thought”
of aborting babies and become advocates for life. “I
didn’t want to leave,” he said. “I hope to get back
to pray ... during this 40 Days for Life campaign.”
Another writer said that as she prayed during the
vigil at a Long Beach Planned Parenthood location,
she also handed out information about pro-life
pregnancy resources in the area.
“Most took the info from me because I wore a smile,”
she said, “and couldn’t look mean if I tried to!”
One woman in particular left a strong impression.
“She got out of her car right in front of the front
door, and she looked as if she had been crying, she
was so distraught,” the volunteer said.
“She wouldn’t talk to me or take my info — but
went into the building.”
The woman was still inside two hours later when
this vigil participant left. “The hopelessness
and devastation on her face I will never forget.
I prayed for her and her baby, that she would
change her mind as God spoke to her heart.”
Two women were praying outside the abortion facility
in Melbourne when a young couple drove up. They got
out of their car quickly — and walked hurriedly
towards the building.
As they reached the door, “the young woman looked
back at us,” one of the volunteers said. “We lifted
the intensity of our prayer. About 15-20 minutes later,
they came out again.”
She said the man was very angry and spoke to the woman
rather aggressively. They got into their car and drove
off. It appeared the man was all in favor of abortion,
but the woman was not.
“We have been praying for them ever since,” she said.
“Please continue to pray for this young couple. May
40 Days for Life be successful in ending abortion
around the world!”
The 40 Days for Life team in Melbourne has put together
a short but powerful video about the local campaign.
It’s sure to be impressive wherever you’re watching!
You can check it out at:
Day 11 - October 6
Pray that when those representing Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups see volunteers for 40 Days for Life, they see ambassadors of Christ, and may each volunteer be consciously aware at all times we represent Him.
I...beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness, and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love.
-- Ephesians 4:1-2
When a former abortionist and post-abortive woman, Carol Everett, was asked what turned her heart from death to life in Christ, she replied, "It was unconditional love" shown by a man who prayed daily for her in front of the facility where she worked.
He told Carol that "God had sent him" because there was someone in there that God wanted out. She left 27 days later and now serves as Christ's ambassador to help others. We too have been sent by Christ as an ambassador to love unconditionally those God seeks to "get out" of their bondage and sin.
In his book, "Fishers of Men," Dr. Sumner Wemp describes what it means to be an ambassador of Christ, the King of Kings:
Dear Heavenly Father, we are humbled that you have called us and appointed us to be ambassadors of Christ in a world that is not our home. It is a calling much higher and grander than our finite minds can imagine.
We pray that your Holy Spirit will empower us to walk worthy of the calling. We pray that Your unconditional love will flow through us onto those who desperately need Your saving grace. In the name of Christ who is worthy, amen.
40 Days for Life board of directors
There is no other way to say it — abortion is an
That’s why abortion advocates attempt to justify it
by dehumanizing the baby or giving vague arguments
about “choice.” This makes abortion less personal.
The abortion industry wants you to think that the
termination of a human beings life is a “simple
They can’t let you know the truth — that abortion
is always deadly for the baby (in fact, if the
abortion doesn’t end the baby’s life, it is
considered unsuccessful), and risky for the mother.
One thing you come to understand if you spend time
in prayer outside of an abortion facility is that
these are simply places of death.
This is a grim reality — but one that points us to
recognize the need for prayer and God’s mercy.
As people prayed at the 40 Days for Life vigil outside
the abortion center in Charlotte, an ambulance drove
up. There were no sirens, giving the impression there
wasn’t an actual emergency. Abortion facilities usually
instruct ambulance drivers to keep the sirens off.
But there was in fact an emergency — a woman was
brought out of the building on a stretcher and taken
to the hospital.
A similar scenario played out at Charlotte’s other
40 Days for Life location during the last campaign.
In that situation, “An ambulance took a woman to the
hospital after being wheeled out of the back door of
the abortion clinic curled up in a fetal position on
a stretcher,” said one of the prayer volunteers.
The abortion centers try to keep these things quiet,
but the 40 Days for Life team in Charlotte says it’s
important to spread the word.
“We do this so more people can be aware that abortion
is not safe,” said Gretchen in Charlotte. “Making
abortion legal does not make abortion safe.”
Mary Anne prayed at the 40 Days for Life vigil and
watched as a truck arrived. A man got out and made
two trips inside the abortion center. He returned
to his truck with five boxes.
The truck belongs to a hazardous waste disposal firm
that serves medical facilities. I don’t know how else
to put this. The boxes the man brought to his truck
most likely contained the remains of aborted babies.
“I could not shake that image of babies made in the
image of God being hauled away like that off my mind,”
Mary Anne said. “It gives me all the more reason to
be out here praying and asking God to have mercy on
us all. It was a serene day of prayer.”
There are, of course, signs of hope.
Two pastors helped lead prayer outside the abortion
center on a Thursday — a day when normally, about
25 abortions are done. “However,” said Julie, “on
this day the number was much closer to 15 or 16.”
The day before, Julie and another volunteer were
just ending their prayer time when a young woman
approached the building. She said she had come for
a pregnancy test.
“She came out soon after and told us they wouldn’t
give her one,” Julie said. “She said she would never
have an abortion, although her boyfriend was abortion-
minded.” The young woman was given information about
pro-life pregnancy help centers.
She told the two volunteers, “Im so glad you were
here!” and gave them a hug. It made Julie realize
how important it is for Christians to be outside the
abortion center every day of the week, not just on
“We must persevere in prayer,” she said, “and trust
Thanks for posting these devotions, Salvation.
Many of the 316 cities participating in 40 Days for
Life this fall are holding 24-hour vigils. That’s
960 total hours!
It is a very powerful witness to know that before
any couples show up for an abortion and long after
the last abortion worker leaves, there is someone
there praying and bearing witness to the community.
For me, praying at the abortion facility in the middle
of the night is very moving. It may sound a bit
different at first, but it has been a time of peace,
silence and solidarity for the thousands of volunteers
who do it.
And as one of these 24-hour communities has found,
you’re guaranteed to see a little bit of everything.
“It’s been an interesting week at Whitfield Street
40 Days for Life!” So said Claire, who’s leading one
of three London-area campaigns.
Volunteers are praying outside a Marie Stopes abortion
facility, which is directly across the street from a
residence building for University College London
students. “This leads to a variety of colourful
meetings and incidents with the students,” she said.
[Note to US readers: Yes, there are some words that
our British cousins spell differently. I’ve made no
changes to the original text.]
One of the students has been putting up posters in
residence hall windows. One sign simply announces,
“Pro-choice.” This student was also moved to add a
second sign telling vigil participants, “You can’t
You can take a look at those hand-drawn signs at:
Clare said one of the other signs wasn’t nearly as
complimentary, so she chose not to post a photo of
As this is a 24-hour vigil, there are many interesting
discussions with students on Friday evenings who’ve
been out for a night on the town. There have also been
students who asked for prayer, that they might be able
to keep their faith strong in the university environment.
“Saturday morning is a different matter,” Clare said.
“It’s so quiet you would think no-one lived on
Whitfield Street.” It was cool but sunny, and the
peace and quiet continued until the students started
to wake up and prepare breakfast — around midday.
There’s a picture of the Saturday morning vigil at:
“Early Tuesday morning, about 7:15 am, we were
suddenly joined by a peaceful presence of about
200 students who had obviously been inspired to join
the vigil,” Clare noted. “So keen were they that they
had all come in their pyjamas.”
They all remained well-behaved, even as one of the
vigil participants read aloud a prayer for purity.
“It didn’t take us long to realise that their
presence had been inspired by the fire alarm going
off and their good behaviour encouraged by the
presence of the managers of the residence,” she
said, but noted that she “didn’t have the heart to
take a picture.”
Wednesday brought great encouragement — a turnaround
on Whitfield Street, and word of another possible
turnaround at the vigil at London’s Bedford Square.
“Both need your prayers,” she said.
Daytime hours are busy but hassle-free, although
there is the occasional critic who will shout things
such as, “You idiots are putting the womens rights
movement back 25 years” ... with a bit of cursing
So, Clare said, “whether you like to pray in the
quiet, in the dead of night, in the sunshine or
the rain, in the face of abuse, or just in season
or out of season, we have a time slot for you!”
She called 40 Days for Life a great opportunity.
“It takes commitment and sacrifice though, so let’s
give some commitment and get going on the prayer and
fasting. Don’t let us waste this opportunity.”
Have you had a chance to take part in a peaceful
40 Days for Life prayer vigil yet? If not, here’s
the link to the list of campaign locations:
Day 13 - October 8
For all fathers who are terrified of being fathers.
A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy habitation.
-- Psalm 68:5
I had a friend many years ago who confided in me that he was terrified of being a father. He and his wife already had two children when this revelation came forth. "I never knew my father," he explained, "and I have no idea what a father is supposed to do." We continued to share about this, as well as pray together. He began to see he had a father's heart for his children. His biggest problem was not a limitation on love but not knowing how to act out this love.
One day we talked about the verse quoted at the top of this page. I shared that he did know his Father not his biological father but his Heavenly Father, who had rescued him from a life of destruction not many years before. "How did your Heavenly Father guide you?" I asked. He talked about the ways he had seen God's love offered to him and the way the Lord had used circumstances and the Scriptures to mold him and mature him. "Well, the Lord wants to do the same thing through you for your children. Be available to His love and available to your kids. You'll do fine."
How wonderful it is to know that God takes a personal interest in each of us, many times using His faithful people - the Church - as channels of this love. No one is fatherless who lives in the Lord. His fatherly care begins at the moment of our conception, as it is written, "you knit me together in my mother's womb" (Psalm 139:12), and continues to be poured upon us throughout our lives.
Heavenly Father, we thank you for caring about each of us so deeply. Help us to see and know you as our Father in heaven each and every day of our lives. Your loving hand also rests on every child today carried in its mother's womb. May they be born into this world and come to know fully and personally your endless love. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
National Pro-life Religious Council
Day 14 - October 9
Abortion is the great "no." May all of God's people have the freedom and grace to say "yes" to His marvelous plans.
For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed and in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.
-- Psalm 139:13-16
Unlike the rest of creation, we are capable of a personal relationship with God. Not only did God create us, but created us according to a plan devised from all eternity. No matter how far back we go in our imagination, there was never a time when God did not know each of us, in every detail of our being.
There was not a particular time when God decided to make us. The decision to make us has been in the mind of God from all eternity. All our days were written in His book.
To dare to say that a human being, developing in the womb, should not be born is as wrong as to say that a born person should not continue to grow and live. In each case, an attack on human life is an attack on the God who formed and made us. Jesus Christ is the great "yes" to the promises of God; abortion is the great "no."
Lord, I pray today for every unborn child. The beauty of the bodies and souls of these children flows from your hands and your eternal plan. Awaken in every human conscience a profound reverence for human life, and grant us grace to defend our smallest and most defenseless brothers and sisters, those still being formed in the secret places of their mothers' womb. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life