Battle Ready with the Armor of God Prayer & Psalm 91
As we come into Day 2 of this fall campaign it’s important to equip ourselves with the proper things needed to endure the 40 days. The Armor of God Prayer & Psalm 91 can be read and prayed daily as we are in the greatest spiritual battle; the battle for life. God’s Word, the Sword of the Spirit, is what we will wield to combat the lies, propaganda and censorship that we are plagued with at this time. These are some verses from God’s infallible, inerrant Word that will help us as we STAND for life on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood.
With God all things are possible! Matthew 19:26
No weapon formed against us will prosper. Isaiah 54:17
Greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:4
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. John 16:33
I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
Believe it, speak it, declare it and decree it. God’s Word and promises help us in any situation we find ourselves in. We need not fear. God has called us to this ministry and it truly is a blessing.
Father, you are worthy of all our honor, praise and glory. Lord, may all we say and do be pleasing to you. Help us to remember we only have an audience of one. Let your Holy Spirit empower us, fill us, and flow through us to those in need. Lord, we thank you for all the wonderful Pregnancy Resource Centers in our city and surrounding areas. They are shining a bright light and are a beacon of hope to women, men and children. Lord, we are believing that our city of Pittsburgh will be transformed from a culture of death to a culture of life. Pittsburgh will be a Sanctuary City for Life. We reclaim this city, state, and nation for Jesus. We thank you, Father, that you are going to stop the abortion pill just like You overturned Roe v. Wade. You will right every wrong and make all things new in your time and your way. We praise you for all you are going to do in all 681 cities this fall campaign. May your name be glorified and lifted up. We ask all this in the most precious name of Jesus. Amen
Stories from the Sidewalk
I was feeling very exhausted and not at all spiritually prepared for my first shift of the 40 days. Thursday mornings are my usual year-round time to go act as a Sidewalk Advocate with my wonderful partners, Barbara and Richard, but today was different, knowing that we are beginning the intensity of a 40 Day prayer vigil. I was just praying that God would get me through this day but it’s amazing that once I arrived on the sidewalk and set up the materials and I saw our beautiful brother in Christ, Anthony, praying from his wheelchair right in front of the doors to Planned Parenthood in the street, I was moved to pray instead of advocate. Luckily, clients had not started entering those doors yet. It was so refreshing and energizing to spend the time on my knees next to Anthony and pray for an end to abortion and for that place to close permanently. I feel so much better after my shift! God is so good! It was wonderful to see Judy and Pastor Joe as they arrived with their faithful group from Lincoln Place Church of the Nazarene. May God bless us on this second day of our campaign!Nikki
Today Carol, Chuck, Pastor Joe, and Judy came from Lincoln Place Church of the Nazarene.
There were just a a few people going in on our shift. They refused any resource material. I was able to engage a couple of them but they said they were going in for a “regular gyne.” But they wouldn’t take any free resource info.
One young lady stopped by to look at the models. She picked up one and said, “Oh, this is the size of my baby!” She was so surprised and blessed. I was able to pray with her and bless the baby in her womb. God is so good!!
There was a group of 1 woman and 2 guys digging through the trash can beside us for about 10 minutes and then they came over to our displays and started rummaging through things and started adding things to their collection. They were the friendly sort so I walked over to engage them. They had already taken a few miniatures, a kneeling pad, and a rosary. One of the guys asked me to go on a date with him LOL. The other 2 started bickering. It was an interesting dog and pony show. They didn’t seem to be in the mood to move on. So I asked them if I could pray for them and they all just bowed their heads lol. So I prayed over them and told them to have a wonderful day. And then they left.
Towards the end of the shift a couple guys were walking by and slowed down in front of me and spit right in front of my feet. Lord, we lift them to you in prayer.
We praise God for the pleasant weather.Judy
Sue, Gary, Lauren, Ed, and Mike
It was a busy day on the sidewalk….both on the streets and women going into Planned Parenthood. We prayed and gave out information and resources. A pro-life woman was happy to get some literature to share with her pro-abortion daughter. We all agreed the kickoff was a most beautiful event. It was nice to pray together today and stand for Life amid the chaos of the city and violence of Planned Parenthood.Sue D
Carolyn with Fr. Jim from St. Francis & St. Clare Parishes
I am thankful for Carolyn’s presence with us on the sidewalk. She carries her prolife work back to her Parish (St. Thomas More, Resurrection Parish) too. When someone, like today, tells us to get a job, they obviously don’t understand and appreciate the effort it takes to be present on the street and to continue with our volunteer work back in our local churches. Not all “jobs” are paying jobs. Many have both. But this volunteer work can be so much more rewarding. So many good things are happening in Carolyn’s Parish for which she gives credit to her priests.
My Parish, St. Francis of Assisi, is also active thanks to the support of our priests. We completed our Walking with Moms in Need year of service (see our ever-evolving resource list here: https://saintfrancisparish.net/community-resources) and are presently planning an Aging Gracefully Resource Fair to which you all are invited (https://saintfrancisparish.net/). We are so blessed to have had Fr. Jim with us, once again, at the kickoff rally and to also have him as a weekly vigil participant. Because of my vision issue, Fr. Jim has been the designated driver for the last four campaigns. We are so thankful for that and for his witness on the streets. He and Carolyn prayed a Hail Mary and Divine Mercy today.
PP was busy. We stopped a couple, she was pregnant, gave them resources, offered encouragement, but they still went in…we prayed for them. Many Uber and Lyft drivers. So sad that is how they must arrive at this place of death…leaving alone to deal with the aftermath. We were able to get material into the hands of many passing by. The weather was beautiful and it was so encouraging to see the many mothers and fathers on the street with their babies and children. We talked with several. Also got material into the hands of a social worker who is here from the Philly area on business to try and connect people to resources and assist with their holistic health. He was so glad to accept our resources. Other interactions…but don’t remember.
Thanks to Pete and buddy for arriving early for their shift. It was a blessing to serve our Lord in this way…Cil