HOW SHOULD WE PRAY?
Well, how should we pray? What does it look like? You have to pray with faith. Have you noticed how Jesus says before working a miracle, “Do you believe I can do this?” Can you hear the simple faith in this astonishing line of Jesus: “I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours.”
And Jesus says, “Ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Bishop Robert Barron)
Heaven hears our prayers on the sidewalk. We pray that hearts and minds are changed. And we pray for an end to abortion. Hearts and minds are changed. Some we know about, some we don’t. Abortion will end, sooner or later.
Patience and persistence are the keys to our success. Don’t lose hope when it seems our prayers aren’t being answered. They will be in God’s way and in God’s time. Mary, the sister of Lazarus, prayed and asked Jesus to save her brother but Jesus let him die. Rather than cure his illness, he had him raised from the dead.
We need to be persistent. When 40 Days for Life ends next Sunday, some of us keep going down to the abortion center every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday as part of 40 Days for Life 365 along with Sidewalk Advocates. Come join us. Pray with us and heaven will hear us.
Here are reports from today at the vigil starting with Tim 7-9 am:
It was a quiet, dark and the perfect time to begin again our witness and efforts. Joe and I began with peaceful prayer and our hopes they would be answered sooner rather than later. In our time not HIS. 🙂 We were joined by Bill and Max.
Dan and Joanne came to take the 9-11 shift and were joined by Randy just arriving on his bike.
Here’s Dean 11-1:
There was a lot happening at the vigil today. The people who choose to shout at women were there when I arrived today. A woman, dressed head to toe in pink, kept shouting at SA Judy to stay outside of the yellow semi-circle. She said that we needed to be praying more and accusing less.
A young man approached Judy and myself and asked if he could set up a visual display of an actual abortion. He said that more people needed to see what happens in an abortion. I persuaded him otherwise. I didn’t think that it fell within the boundaries of the 40 Days pledge that we are all committed to.
A man passing by offered $50 to buy coffee for today’s volunteers. We accepted his generous donation and will be using it to further the 40 DFL cause.
Here’s the shift report from Dean:
Making the drive from Berlin, PA, were these folks, praying against abortion.
An impressive group of young folks representing Frassati Pgh., praying at Planned Parenthood today.
Here is from Billy 3-5:
Jeff came to be my shift buddy today and from the sidewalk we had a thumbs up from a passerby. We had someone drive by screaming out Planned Parenthood doesn’t do abortions and some good news–a couple walked in in the beginning of the shift and the boyfriend of the girl inside had taken our information from the previous shift. He still had it. We also had a couple go in and they walked right out at 4 and upset at Planned Parenthood for not allowing them do something. I didn’t hear the whole statement. I wanted to say thanks again to Jeff for coming earlier . Billy