PRAYER FOR LIFE: If you have a prayer request for our group, please let us know. I can be reached at any time for prayer. A text is best: Kathleen McCardel ( 804 484-0195)
PROVERBS 24: 10 - 12 If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. Rescue those who are taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.
If you say, “Behold we did not know this,” does not He who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not He who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will He not repay man according to His work?
PRAYER FOR LIFE:
Lord Jesus, your promises give us hope, courage, and compassion to live as faithful advocates for all human life. We long for the day when “death shall be no more.” We lift our voices to you for the lives of the unborn children who are in danger. We plead on behalf of women and men in all situations who are facing poverty, loneliness, and despair… for those who believe ending the life of the unborn will allow the parent(s) to have a “better life.” Help us to heed the call and walk with You daily, with love, compassion, and courage.
PRAY FOR FATHERS
Pray for changed hearts, receptive to the Gospel. Pray for the desire to put the mothers and child’s needs above their convenience and comfort. Pray for a desire to protect and meet the needs of the children’s lives as he is able to, and trust God for the rest. Pray for courage and determination for life. Pray for a willingness to seek help and accept help from Christian agencies and communities. Pray for healing of past hurts and regrets that may interfere with Godly parenting. Pray for healing for fathers affected by abortion. Pray for men of God to come alongside fathers to mentor and encourage them.
Psalm 103: 13
As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.
PRAY FOR MOTHERS
Pray for changed hearts, receptive to the Gospel. Pray for the desire to put the babies’ needs above their convenience and comfort. Pray for a desire to protect the child growing within her, the sanctity of life. Pray for those who are alone and afraid. Pray for mothers to be supported by people who love them and their baby. Pray for courage and wisdom to find the resources necessary to support them. Pray for Christians to reach out in love and generosity. Pray for someone to come alongside mothers to mentor and encourage them.
In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.
PRAYER FOR THE CHURCH:
Pray for pastors to be strong in the face of pressure to preach what is popular instead of what is Holy Spirit imbued. Pray for church leaders to be above reproach, not to yield to temptation, complacency, idols and worldliness. Pray that its people would grow in being distinct from the world in love, holiness, unity, even as it engages with outsiders. Pray for courage – as they speak for life. Pray for protection. Pray for compassion and generosity for those who face a crisis pregnancy and may be alone. Pray for compassion for those who have been affected by abortion. Pray for volunteers to be faithful in serving where God leads them in the struggle for life. Pray that the church would be a light in the midst of darkness, sharing the Gospel.
PHILIPPIANS 2: 1-2
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.
PRAYER FOR OUR GOVERNMENT
The upcoming election is a crucial one, particularly regarding the sanctity of life. As we all know, abortion is part of the Democrats’ platform. We are seeing more and more states permit abortion up until, and during delivery. New York has even passed a law forbidding churches, prolife organizations from NOT hiring “prochoice” people. We here in Virginia may be headed in the same direction this year. Pray the VA legislature will vote for life. Pray for legislators who are firmly for life: for courage, protection, and wisdom. Pray for those firmly for abortion: for a change of heart, courage, and wisdom.
- Pray for God to raise up elected officials with a passion for truth, empowered by the zeal of the Lord
- Pray for Godly men and women who walk in the fear of the Lord
- Pray for the electoral process to be fair, impartial, and free from corruption
- Pray that the schemes of the enemy will be dismantled and destroyed
- Pray for leaders with a servant’s heart, a clear conscience, and a walk of integrity
- Pray for citizens to discern what is good and right in the Lords’ eyes.
- Pray that the Kingdom of God will be firmly established in righteous government
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people- for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
PRAY FOR THE VA LEGISLATURE:
Pro abortion activists have launched a multi- million dollar battle to eliminate the common-sense, protective laws regarding abortion (VSHL)
- Passing Delegate Tran’s Bill would remove every last protective restriction on abortion-until-birth
- Passing the pro-abortion Equal Rights Amendment in VA which threatens all pro-life laws, in VA and the US. (“If I could choose an amendment to add to the Constitution, it would be the ERA – to keep abortion legal.” Ginsberg; 2014)
- Mandating funding of abortion-on-demand through Medicaid
- Eliminating the Partial-Birth-Abortion Ban
- Wipe out the Parental Consent Law
- Repealing Virginia’s Women’s Right-To-Know Law, including the sensible 24-hour waiting period and the ultrasound requirement.
- Continuing their lawsuit to have all our reasonable pro- life laws ruled unconstitutional
- Stopping passage of common-sense pro-life laws like the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, or the Dismemberment Abortion Act
PRAYER FOR THE MARCH FOR LIFE January 24, 2020 in DC:
This is an historic time in the pro- life movement. Virginia had its first March For Life in 2019 and over 6,500 people attended. Pray for an outstanding rate of participation in DC. Pray that those attending will be controlled and peaceful. Help them to demonstrate compassion and wisdom. Pray for protection. Pray that the media will allow honest coverage. Pray that the weather conditions will be favorable. Pray for the speakers to be Holy Spirit filled. Pray for hearts to be softened, to hear the message, for lives to be changed.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in heavenly realms.
PRAYER FOR PRO LIFE ADVOCATES:
Father, help us neither to despair nor to retreat in the face of this evil. Give us Holy Boldness, wisdom and perseverance. Give us compassion and love as we advocate for the unborn- in our communities and among nations. . .. as we seek to care for those whose lives have been marked by abortions, whether victims or agents. Only the Gospel can bring healing. Only the Gospel can cause an abortionist to become a warrior for justice and mercy. We petition you for Godly men and women to stand and pray as men and women enter these facilities. WE pray for safety for those standing up for life. We pray for Godly men and women to come alongside families facing poverty and difficult decisions. Give them Godly counsel to choose life. May they walk with men and women in crisis pregnancies to support and encourage them throughout the pregnancy and beyond. Raise up loving Godly families to adopt.
Virginia Society for Human Life: The only single-issue statewide organization actively standing up at every stage in the General Assembly. Olivia Gans Turner – President
Students For Life of America – 1,200 chapters in college/school campuses across America: Kristen Hawkins - President ; Stephanie Schmitt-Stone - Regional Director
Pregnancy Resource Center of Richmond ( 9/2019) : Kim Southerland - Executive Director (Pray for ministry partners, community partners, board members, volunteers and staff; Pray for every word they speak to be used by God to save lives and proclaim the Gospel)