Devotional for Day 23 – September 23, 2013
David Bereit, 40 Days for Life
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.” (Proverbs 31:8-9)
“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)
Abortion has become the leading cause of death worldwide, ending the lives of more than 42 million babies around the world 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 all of the millions having abortions 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?
Pray this prayer today:
Lord, help me to see all 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.
Continue in prayer using the 4 prayer points as the Lord leads you.