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National Prayer Service: A Cause for Hope

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AUTHOR: Jessica Schildt

Seldom do several denominations of Christians come together in such a unified and determined manner as at the Annual National Prayer Service, occurring this year on January 22, 2014. This event takes place specifically on the tragic anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, right before pro-life advocates take to the streets in the March for Life. Those hosting this event want to send a message that the fight for life is not over.

Indeed, while much work remains to finally end abortion, great strides were taken in the past year toward upholding the sanctity of life:

  • 88% of cases regarding the ObamaCare abortion pill mandate have been won in favor of religious freedom and the sanctity of life
  • Over 90 abortion clinics were closed in 2013
  • Globally, countries such as Spain are considering passing restrictive abortion laws
  • Investigations into the cleanliness of abortion clinics have raised valuable questions for the public—one example was found in an abortion clinic in Texas
  • 58% of Americans are in favor of making all, or almost all, abortions illegal, according to a Gallup Poll.

There is reason to hope, not only because of recent pro-life victories in the law, the media, and the political arena. Reasons to hope come from the very message of Christ, as Fr. Frank Pavone declared at last year’s Annual National Prayer Service. He spoke specifically about the attitude of forgiveness and healing that Christians ought to have toward everyone who has been involved in or affected by the tragedy of abortion.

“The pro-life movement arose, not primarily as a response to Roe vs. Wade, but as a response to Jesus Christ. Abortion is the greatest violation of human solidarity, justice, love, and peace,” said Fr. Pavone.

The interdenominational event views current issues regarding the sanctity of life comprehensively: calling for pro-life advocates to stand united with one another in the fight against abortion and the larger culture of death; advocating for both the preborn and their parents, and seeking to help women who have had abortions heal and recover; and challenging those who support abortion to recognize that they are not taking care of the poor and needy by encouraging abortion, but only paining them much further.

At last year’s prayer service, attendees stated together this vow:

“Today I commit myself never to be silent, never to be passive, never to be forgetful of the unborn. I commit myself to be active in the pro-life movement, and never to stop defending life until all my brothers and sisters are protected, and our nation once again becomes a nation with liberty and justice, not just for some, but for all.”

Events like this one prove that, however wide abortion has spread in the four decades since Roe v. Wade, the cause of life still pushes on. The victories can be measured, so to speak, by numbers: the number of lives saved from abortion, the number of new families supported in their decision to support life, the number of pro-life cases won. But perhaps the most profound evidence of victory is not in the numbers, but in the conviction that our lives have been given to us as a gift, and that we can use them to stand up for the lives of others.

At Alliance Defending Freedom our team of Life attorneys is using their God given gifts to protect life. In conjunction with our allies, we are actively working on virtually every legal front to ensure God’s plan for life prevails. Saving the lives of preborn children, protecting parental and informed consent laws, defending healthcare workers’ rights of conscience, and stopping the premeditated murder of the helpless is our relentless focus. We are grateful for the Annual National Prayer Service and the other many events taking place in January that remind us all what we’re fighting for and that by coming together as the Body of Christ we can truly make a difference.

Visit the website for specific details for the Annual National Prayer Service, and find out how you can get involved.

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