Day 30 of Prayer and Scripture to #EndAbortion (10/21/21)

Matthew 25:31-46

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.”

Let Us Pray

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 

Day 29 of Prayer and Scripture to #EndAbortion (10/20/21)

Isaiah 1:16, 17

“Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow.”

Let Us Pray

O God, our heavenly Father, give us courage and wisdom as we seek to eradicate the evil in our society.  Help us to realize that your divine Spirit alone can change hearts and minds so that all your human creatures may enjoy the fullness of life you intended for them.  I pray this prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. Amen

Rev. Ben Sheldon

Day 28 of Prayer and Scripture to #EndAbortion (10/19/21)

Job 31:13-15

“If I have despised the cause of my male or female servant When they complained against me, What then shall I do when God rises up? When He punishes, how shall I answer Him? Did not He who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same One fashion us in the womb?”

Let us Pray

God, forgive us when we try to explain away the obligation we have to help others who need help. Enable us to not devalue them because they are in the circumstance that they are in, but to see them for what they are, those, who like us, were formed by your hand in their mother’s womb. Amen.

Rev. Rob Schenck

Day 27 of Prayer and Scripture to #EndAbortion (10/18/21)

Luke 17: 1

He said to his disciples, “Things that cause sin will inevitably occur, but woe to the person through whom they occur.”

Let Us Pray

There are many people who may be complicit in an abortion; the parents, grandparents, family members, friends, government officials. And then there are the abortionists themselves and the clinic staff.  They are performing not just one abortion procedure, but have chosen it as a career.  Day in and day out they are taking lives, lives they know nothing about.  Let us say a prayer to Saint Luke, the patron saint of doctors, on today his feast day (10/18) that he will touch their hands, hearts and minds from ever performing another abortion.  Dear St. Luke, please continue to work through these doctors so that the thought of taking a child’s life in the womb is abhorrent to them. Direct their hands for life, not death.  Amen.

Anita Flynn

Day 26 of Prayer and Scripture to #EndAbortion (10/17/21)

Acts 6:1

Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution.

Let Us Pray

Father, in the Church’s desire to engage our communities with the gospel let her not disengage from those who need their care and company the most. Let us gain wisdom from those who have gone before us and cherish their experiences and perspectives. Help us to appreciate every soul in the body of Christ and minister properly to everybody. Amen. 

Rev. Clenard Childress 

Day 25 of Prayer and Scripture to #EndAbortion (10/16/21)

Exodus 20:12

Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.

Let Us Pray

Father, we thank you for the priceless contribution our parents have made into our lives. Now, in the season when we can reciprocate their faithfulness and love, let us not be found negligent.  May we show our thanks not in word only but with deeds that will make them to feel honored and loved continually. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Rev. Clenard Childress

Day 24 of Prayer and Scripture to #EndAbortion (10/15/21)

Proverbs 17:6

Children’s children are the crown of old men, and the glory of children is their father.

Let Us Pray

Heavenly Father, you have given us the gift of children and grandchildren. They are truly a joy and a crown. Cause our hearts to shine with delight as we see your hand upon the coming generations. Help us to focus our lives and labor on sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with each child that comes within the reach of our embrace and as they are raised for such a time as this. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Archbishop Randolph Sly 

Day 23 of Prayer and Scripture to #EndAbortion (10/14/21)

Psalm 127:3-5

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth.  Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with their enemies in the gate.

Let Us Pray

Heavenly Father, please keep me from taking for granted the gift of children, mine and those of other families. Help us to remember this heritage that you have given us. Make us faithful stewards of these precious lives, that each generation might be raised in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Archbishop Randolph Sly

Day 22 of Prayer and Scripture to #EndAbortion (10/13/21)

Genesis 1:27-28

God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him, male and female He created them.  And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”

Let Us Pray

Father of mercy and grace, we thank you for the gift of our children.  Grant that every fiber of our being may rejoice when a new baby, our own or anyone else’s, is born into the world. Help us to welcome them as we would welcome you, for whenever a new baby is conceived, another life to bear your image and another voice to praise and worship you, is beginning.  In Christ’s name we pray.  Amen. 

Rev. Ben Sheldon 

Day 21 of Prayer and Scripture to #EndAbortion (10/12/21)

Genesis 25:21-23

Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife because she was barren; and the Lord granted his prayer and Rebekah his wife conceived.  The children struggled together within her, and she said,” If it is thus, why do I live?”  So she went to inquire of the Lord.  And the Lord said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples, born of you, shall be divided; the one shall be stronger than the other, the elder shall serve the younger.

Let Us Pray

O, God, you formed us in our mother’s womb and planned a unique and special life and purpose for each of us, and we do thank you.  Grant that we may pray and work for an end to abortion so that no unborn baby you have made may fail to achieve your divine intention for him or her because of intentional abortion.  We pray this for the sake of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen. 

Rev. Ben Sheldon