A Prayer for Lamenting the Death of Unborn Children
SINCE 1973 there have been over 60 million babies aborted in our country. This number is staggering and I can’t help but wonder how much this grieves the heart of God. It is God who intimately forms the unborn child in the womb. It was Jesus who gave us a glimpse of the heart of God for children. It is Jesus who was indignant over the prospect of leading a little one astray and he chided the disciples for viewing the children as a nuisance. And it is Jesus who calls us to demonstrate a heart of faith…like that of a child.
What can we do when the problem seems so big?
We can get involved with groups like ABC Women’s Center.
We can support fostering or adopting children.
We can become aware of the conversation that is happening in our culture. Interestingly, here is a secular article indicating how scientific advances are advancing the argument that supports the pro-life cause.
AND WE CAN PRAY! Don’t underestimate the power of prayer in standing up for the unborn.
So, take some time today to pause and do just that. Here is a prayer by Scotty Smith to help guide you in your prayers.
I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also, he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:1-3
"Dear Lord Jesus, these words of hope bring the power of encouragement into a world of death. We long for the Day when “death shall be no more”- death in all of its expressions, including the death of unborn children.
Because your promises are “trustworthy and true,” we won’t give up or give in. “Legal abortion” - those two words simply don’t belong together. Because you are making “all things new,” we renew our commitment to contend for children still being knit together in their mother’s wombs. Give us mercy and fire, strength and wisdom.
And grant us enormous compassion, Jesus, and perseverance. Show us how to care for women and men whose stories have been marked by abortion - either as victims or agents. May our love be more notorious than our rhetoric, and a non-anxious presence mark our undaunted protest.
Jesus, we don’t just long for the Day of no more abortions. We also long for the Day of no more miscarriages and stillbirths. Our hearts break for families who must endure the pain of giving up their children before birth.
How long, O Lord, before the last abortion and the last miscarriage? Until that Day, help us to open our hearts and homes for adopting the millions of orphaned children who have safely made it into this world. May our zeal against abortion be matched by our zeal for adoption. Surely the gospel is big enough for this calling too. So very Amen we pray, in your triumphant and tender name."
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