If you have arrived here from a button on someone’s blog, this prayer team is being hosted during 2010 by Tammy at Not Mine But God’s Story. You can read all about it here, and I hope you’ll consider joining us! Thanks for stopping by!
There was a lot going on in 1973. OPEC doubled the price of oil. The Watergate tapes were released that year. To the great relief of the United States, the Vietnam war finally ended. But there was also a law decided by the Supreme Court in 1973, that has affected far more lives than even the Vietnam war – a mind-blowing 50,000,000+ U.S. lives to Vietnam’s 58,000. 36 years ago today, Roe v. Wade was passed into law, legalizing 1st and 2nd trimester abortions.
I realize that I just posted a few days ago about the Sanctity of Human Life week. Before I go any further, I want to make something perfectly clear: If you are reading this post, or read my earlier post, and you have an abortion in your past, please know that my words and heart hold NO CONDEMNATION toward you! I was just chatting with a friend who recently came forth with this “secret” and she told me that in years past, Sanctity of Life week has been terribly hard for her – not just because of the focus on abortion, but because she felt that the pro-lifers were judging those, like her, who had made this decision and still carried its pain and consequences. I speak for myself, and those that I know who are working on the pro-life front lines, when I say that we hold you and your heart in the highest esteem.
This 36th anniversary finds me thinking a lot about all those lives lost and the ones left permanently altered by the decision for abortion. With our current presidential administration, I don’t see things changing anytime soon, UNLESS God’s people band together in prayer toward positive change. With that thought in mind, I’d like to make a proposal to all bloggers of like mind:
I will post a current news piece and relevant scripture every Sunday that we can be praying together the next day.
To further the movement, you can post about it and link back to this post. You can also grab the button on my sidebar to post on your own blog.
We’ll revisit this in a year and see what God has done!
If you are just joining the team (be sure and comment on this post with your commitment), please go here for the most current prayer focus.
Yolanda 3 months, and I may change my mind if I’m able to make/keep this committment. GREAT IDEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wow – that is fantastic Melinda!
I will committ to pray for as long as God lays it on my heart 🙂
Can’t wait to see you
Melinda,count me in for six months. I will put a note on my kitchen cabinet to remind me. Thanks for getting this lined up. Great vidio!!!
What a great idea !! Prayer does change things/people!
I will join you in prayer. I don’t want to commit to a certain amount of time but I will pray for as long as God leads me to.
Whoa Melinda, what an incredible video! I have been such a blog slacker since being ill this winter, but knowing my near miss story and the passion I have for Pat’s ministry, I think I must post later today. I will come back once I do.
Thank you for your passionate and loving thoughts on this sensitive matter. What a blessing you have been to me and so many others.
Can hardly wait to see you this weekend.
love you girl!
Melinda I love this! I’ll commit to the year…I want to see what God does!!!
Thanks for leading this!
Thank you Melinda, so well spoken–gentle but sharp!
I will join you!! I am not certain about the 7am :), but I will commit to pray with you on Mondays during my Prayer Chair time!!
We need this constant reminder and call to prayer,
Have fun this weekend!
oh, I’m in for life girl!
Sheryl…3 months. This is a great idea!
One year…every Monday. Making a big note to put on my nightstand until it’s a habit.
Girl — I’m in! For a year! At least, I love to see God do His serious God stuff and I want Him to be Big on this one. These babies need my prayers!
I will pray. Think of God hearing our united voices crying out to Him. What a joyful sound it will be!
As always, thank you for sharing your journey Home with us.
Hey Melinda!! I posted it on my blog.
I am believing my comitment (I can never spell that word!!!) to be for a year. I love what you are doing here. May God bless you.
Cannot wait to see you this weekend!
Joining you in prayer for at least 3 months, probably longer. Powerful video!
I’m in too! For a year, or as long as it takes…4, 8….however long! (I posted yesterday too, and thought I’d left a comment, but guess I didn’t hit publish!)
So grieved tonight by the “behind closed doors” signature of President Obama’s pen. I don’t even know what to say.
Come Lord Jesus, quickly come~
I’m in. Will commit to pray as long as I’m feeling led to – 3 months, 6 months, whatever.
It has been AWESOME getting to know you today.
I’m burdened by this, too, Melinda. I’ll commit to pray for a year on Mondays. Thanks for issuing the challenge!
My email is acting very funky for the last week or so, but with your permission I an going to link you posts and button to Facebook. I know you are on FB Sabatical until otherwise instructed, but these post & and starting a 'Changing One Heart for Many' prayer group would be a welcome FB addition.
I [the Christ, the Son of the living God] will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Sign me up for a year.
This is something that has been heavy on my heart… It grieves me… I sometimes can’t sleep thinking about these lives… I have been praying and will commit to pray with you and others – may we lift our voice before the throne of the ONE who listens and who answers… May His will be done in all of this. Your sister in Christ – April (for the year and as long as God desires)
I will be praying. I have been praying.
I will pray every Monday for a year. I am serious about this! Through prayer, how awesome.
Wonderful idea. When the people of God prays…heaven moves. Count me in.
I will post the link on my blog.
I think this is a wonderful idea, I am in for 6 months at least. I can’t wait to see what God will do.
I’m behind but I’m in…Got the button installed just a bit ago..
Love your heart Melinda!
this is a great idea! Since June we have been setting aside Mondays to pray for our nation…abortion and praying for life is a huge part of our prayers. We are also praying for the hearts and minds of the American People to be turned toward God. While we do pray for Obama- we believe that if the hearts and minds of the people are not changed then they are likely to choose another leader who justifies their actions or non action. I am new to being an “activist” for life…I will be providing each of the women at our next women of the bible discussion series…with a 3 letters (2 senators, 1 rep) asking them to oppose FOCA and will also ask them to participate in some way for the 40 days for life…setting aside a time each day for prayer, fast if they can…prayerwalk the neighborhood schools praying that the youth will stand for life. Also am asking that they would pray that the Lord will open doors for a crises pregnancy center in our neighborhood…I will be praying along with you and add your site to my resource list to hand out to are group. The scripture for this week speaks loud and clear and I want to find a way to present it to our group(some of us are overly sensitive @ times) God Bless you and all the work you are doing to stand for life.
This is a wonderful thing to commit to. I want to commit for 3 months. It is so like the Lord to prepare my heart before I even knew about this prayer post. This morning in my prayer time, I was reading and praying Psalm 10. Verse 8 sort of jumped out at me, and the Holy Spirit used it in application to abortion. It says in the KJV, “He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor.” Thank you for your loving concern. Deidra
I am so glad I found your blog. I will commit to praying with all my sisters to see the Lord God do amazing things.
Thank you for your heart and your desire to see community in prayer (our powerful and equipping gift) bring about the Lords favor.
I just added your button to my page and will commit to pray for at least 3 months. I also have blogged about this topic, which I feel so strongly about. Thank you for starting this up. I plan to link a new post to your blog regarding this.
Thank you for doing this. I have been feeling so burdened but so helpless. This is GOOD STUFF.
I have blogged about abortion a few times too.
I’ll committ to pray every week for three months.
I think this is a wonderful idea. I will commit to one year.
Thank you for sharing this. I commit to pray for one year. One thing I always say to my kids is, Does our God part puddles or the Red Sea? He can change hearts.
I just found your blog and your challenge and I’m so glad you are doing this as it is something that has really been on my heart.
I would like to commit to pray for at least 3 months, probably longer.
I’ll be happy to commit to 3 months (for now). Fantastic idea!
I’m in for a year-thank you so much for facilitating such a concrete way to take action. Nothing is too big a task for God, and I am excited to see how He will change lives and hearts (including mine) through this.
I am committing to praying for the year. Thanks for challenging us in this way.
This is wonderful. I wish they’d run that ad. I’m adding your link and embedding the video in a post on my blog. I’m in for as long as it takes. I’m going to try and find the persuasive speech I wrote senior year of high school about partial birth abortions. If I find it, I’ll post it on my blog. Sickening. I don’t know how people can murder innocent babies.
Thanks for starting this challenge to pray for our president, focusing on such an important topic. I’m in!
What a wonderful idea. I will gladly join in on the weekly prayer.
Blessings to you!
This is so wonderful. I’ll commit to at least three months, probably longer.
I just ran across your blog and this prayer focus! The minute I read your words I knew that God had directed me to this spot. I will be praying for a year, longer if needed!
I’m with you. I’ll be praying each Monday for President Obama.
I pledge for the remainder of 2009.
My name is Cecelia, I blog under the name Quiet Spirit. I will pray about this especially on Monday for 6 months and then possibly for 6 more.
Prayer changes hearts!! May God change Obama’s heart – and many others!
I have been an OB nurse for almost ten years. My heart has always been broken for those unborn babies who are aborted but even more so after hearing so many fetal heart beats at some very early weeks of gestation. My heart also breaks for the many moms and dads who are victems to abortion. I am committed to 1 year of prayer to change Obama’s heart. God Bless!
I stumbled across this blog and while I feel exactly the way you do in regards to abortion, I feel there is an even bigger population to pray for rather than to change a politician’s mind: pray for those women who are making this choice. Whether or not abortion is “legal” will not halt the number of abortions occuring in our country; it will continue to take place in underground clinics or foreign territories. Drugs are illegal, and yet SO many are still dealing and doing drugs- dying and shooting and fighting over it still today. Underage drinking is ILLEGAL, yet millions of High School and college students partake in hazing and social drinking situation regularly- causing drunk driving accidents and early deaths by the thousand. People, as always, will continue to do what they want to do, disregarding the laws placed before them. Please, everyone who pledges to pray- please pray for women to make the RIGHT and moral decision in this matter…and to choose life.
Cathy – 3 months (start with that and go from there!)
I had clicked the linky at Facebook but hadn’t read as much as I should have and I hadn’t made the committment. So, here I am!
*hugs to you*
It just occurred to me that I never left a comment even though I have been praying along with you since January. Put me down for a year please! And God bless you!
I have been praying and will keep praying for as long as is needed. I posted a letter that was written and sent to the editor of the Wall Street Journal. I wish everyone could read it–it so elegantly expressed the feelings of my heart. If you would like to read it, the link is:
I do feel that great things can be brought about by prayer, especially if many of us are united in that prayer.
I LOVE THIS!!! What a wonderful idea. Thank you for dreaming this and for motivating and inspiring others to do what they can as well! Blessings!
As one who first hand knows the horror, guilt and shame of abortion and the healing and forgiveness that SOLELY comes in Christ; I already pray often and at time daily for others as my heart is tremendously burdened in this area. I will join with you in Mondays. I will add it to my normal a.m. prayer time somewhere between 7am and 8am.
God bless you.
Bless you for helping to unite us in praying for this urgent need in our nation and our world.
I will join you in praying on Mondays. My usual Bible study & prayer time is in the mornings. I will commit to this for one year.
Thanks for your words of Truth Melinda!
Committing to pray for at least the year! I am praying also for the CHURCH…..that Churches begin being the safest place for women who know first hand the painful regret of a past abortion and presently find the church the most frightening place to admit this truth. I am committed to offering the Word of God as healing for these women. (I am a leader of the Surrendering the Secret Bible study). As more and more of us step outside that stronghold of shame…the power of secrecy is being diminished and the POWER of God's love and Truth is being released! I am praying for the changed heart of our President and the freed and healed heart of the woman with abortion in her past.
I am one freed and healed! 🙂
I will commit to pray for 6 months for God to work to change the minds of all the government leaders, not just President B. H. Obama, who believe that any type of murder is justified, even though it is renamed something else , like abortion. Please know that the president did not write the bills or made the court decisions to kill all these millions of babies, but the member of Congress and the judges of the various courts. My hope and prayer is that each member of Congress, all the judges and all the President's staff, including the President himself, would get saved and live by the Word of God.
Joining late is better than never. I commit to at least the last three months of the year. Thank you for this reminder.
Thank you and thank you. I counseled teens girls and young woman facing crisis pregnancies for two years when my family was stationed at Langley AFB. I remember a young girl coming in for a pregnancy test. She was not pregnant, but she did open up about the abortion her dad convinced her to get less than a year before. It broke my heart listening to her as she opened her heart before me, a choice I'm sure that was not easy. I cried with her, held her, loved her. I commit to prayer the remainder of 2009 every Monday.
This issue has been a burden on my heart also. My son is a "survivor" of the 70's, when I found myself a pregnant teen with the new "right" to choose and the newly formed Planned Parenthood telling me he wasn't really a baby yet. Praise God He intervened and I chose life! This is a battle we can win on our knees…for the battle is the Lords!
Forgot to add my time commitment. I will pray until God changes hearts and abortion is outlawed…how ever long that may be.
I have a heart to help those that have had a abortion. I never want to see anyone go through it. It hurts not only the mother but those that we live with (families)
I am starting to volunteer at our local CPC.
I will be committing to pray one day a week for the next 3mo.
gud day… im james, from the Phil… I was so touch seeing those video clips about how sacred live is… Im happy to know that you are working for Pro-live movement, giving more value about the sanctity of human life… I salute you ma'am!!!…. are u a catholic ma'am???