Q: Does Prayer and Fasting really work?

A: Yes it does!

40 Days for Life does indeed work through the intercession of our Lord, Christ Jesus!
Just take a look at these numbers:

We are so thankful to report that both Thursday and Friday (abortion days this week), once again the numbers of abortions taking place were dramatically decreased!

On top of this wonderful news two lives were saved from abortion Friday, October 17 and one life was saved Friday, October 24! We praise our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for these miracles for life and thank you for fasting and praying!

A special note of thanks to the Knights of Columbus from St. Sylvester Church in Gulf Breeze for their peaceful, prayerful presence in front of the American Family Planning abortion facility yesterday!

St, Sylvester Knights Oct 24

Devotional for Day 32, October 25, 2014 Rev. John Ensor, PassionLife

Intention:
As we pray for the end of abortion, let us pray for the expansion of the pregnancy help center movement world-wide.

Scripture:
The dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it. She gave birth to a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne. — Revelation 12:4-5

Reflection:
You don’t need to be a theological scholar to get the essential point of Revelation 12. Something BIG is afoot. It has something to do with the birth of Christ and the children of God. It involves a war in heaven, with powers and principalities beyond our expertise. But the battles are fought here on earth. The crux of the matter centers around the babe of Bethlehem and the cross of Calvary. It continues to unfold down through the ages, through us, the children of God, who put their faith in Christ and take up their cross and follow him. We are waging a war of love against all things that destroy body and soul. The intensity waxes and wanes, but like labor pains, they grow and culminate in new life. The unleashing of legal abortion nearly 40 years ago stirred up prayer (lamentation really). Many were then led to start pregnancy help centers and maternity homes. Today there are over 3,000 such ministries that did not exist 40 years ago. They reflect a movement of God on our watch: Christians driven to give their time and charity to end abortion one woman at a time. Let’s pray this movement expands worldwide. Let’s pray for thousands more Christians to start, serve and support pregnancy help centers.

Prayer:
O God, from generation to generation, you have called your people to be the very aroma of life amidst a culture of death. Now it is our turn.
Prepare me. Send me. Use me. I am eager to do my part. Stir your people every where to take up this great work.

Thank you to St. Peter’s Church for twelve hours of prayer in front of the American Family Planning abortion facility on Friday!

Devotional for Day 27, October 20, 2014 Ernest Ohlhoff, Outreach Director, National Right to Life

Intention:
We pray for humility in our work for God’s Kingdom.

Scripture:
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who being in the form of God did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bond-servant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. — Philippians 2:5-8

Reflection:
There is no limit to what we can accomplish when we don’t care who gets the credit. Jesus Christ’s life on earth exemplifies a total submission to the will of the Father. His humility, compassion, gentleness and thoughtfulness are reflected over and over again in the New Testament. He was God incarnate, yet He chose to be born to a humble, working class home. How absurd it must have seemed to the rich and powerful that the Son of God,
the Messiah, the one foretold by the prophets, the ‘King of the Jews’ was born and raised as a simple peasant. During His thirty-three years on earth, He sought no riches, claimed no secular power and gathered no possessions. His short time on earth changed more lives, softened more hearts, and gave hope to more people, than all the rich and powerful human ‘kings’ combined. And, at the end of His life on earth, by dying on the cross, He opened the door to eternal life for those who heed his words and follow in his footsteps.

Prayer:
O Lord, help us follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Let us humbly and diligently work to restore legal protection for the unborn, the disabled, the medically dependent and all innocent children of God whose lives are threatened. Let us remember the old adage that “He can never lead who has not first learned to obey.” And, Lord, grant us a peaceful heart as we labor in your name. Amen.

Devotional for Day 26, October 19, 2014 Vera Faith Lord, Director, Alpha/Omega Life Ministry

Intention:
Pray that those who have forgotten their purpose may discover it in God and therefore have the courage to choose life.

Scripture:
These all wait for you, that you may give them their food in due season, what you give them they gather in; you open your hand they are filled with good. You hide your face, they are troubled; you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust. You send forth your Spirit, they are created; and you renew the face of the earth. — Psalm 104:27-30

Reflection:
“I am a feather on the breath of God.” As the quote above portrays, we are upheld by the power and purpose of God. Our very existence on earth, from our body’s first breath to its last, when we leave it to return home, is our Father’s choice and happens only by His willing to do so. He who created the universe also created that which is “me.” I do not “have” a soul – I AM a soul, as well as a body. My entire purpose in this life is to find my way back to my Creator.

Prayer:
Beloved Father, remind us today that there is no truth but you. Do not let us fall prey to the evil one’s lie that we may choose death. Remind us right now that you, who created all life, are in control of all life, and let us know right now that you who created all life, are in control of all life, and let us choose life always. Father, please let us hear your voice more today than yesterday. Keep lighting the pathway home, for us and for all who participate in this 40 Days for Life campaign. Father, we’re on our way. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, amen.

Devotional for Day 25, October 18, 2014 Rev. J. Kirk van der Swaagh, Conservative Congregational Christian Conference

Intention:
We pray for the conversion of all those who refuse to acknowledge that human life belongs only to God.

Scripture:
Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” — Jeremiah 1:4-5

Reflection:
To be or not to be? There is no question! The question of “being” is something philosophers have long pondered. What is the meaning of being and what is the source? In the passage before us, we have our answer. We have being because we are known by God. For God to declare that he knows and sets apart the prophet Jeremiah even before he is conceived indicates that our being rests in God’s own being. Because He is and because He wills we, therefore, are and do. The Apostle Paul says as much when he declares before the philosophers of his day, “In Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). One of the tragedies of the abortion culture is that life in the womb has been so heartbreakingly devalued. To embrace the arguments of the “pro-choice” crowd one must conclude that the child in the womb doesn’t exist, isn’t there, has no being. But nothing could be further from the truth. That child is known by God and, as such, has being.

Prayer:
Lord God, we confess that in You we live and move and have our being. Because You are, we are. May we find grace from You to affirm the being of every human and may we labor to make this truth known to the world around us. Amen.

Day 24: Sign of hope

We received this update from the vigil coordinator at Christ Our Redeemer in Niceville. Thank you to everyone that showed up yesterday and over the past 23 days. You are all signs of hope.

“Christ Our Redeemer, completed their 12 hour vigil at the clinic yesterday. We did have one father accept our hand outs and talked to one of the 40 Days for Life volunteers. The boyfriend was not in favor of the abortion. There were two small children in the back seat. The woman was in clinic for about an hour. When they drove off I removed my hat and placed it to my chest and bowed my head, when I looked up we made eye contact. She looked scared and sad.”

Had three more Baptists there at 5:00. They were responding to a call from their preacher to support 40 days for life. Sorry, I forgot the church name. The two last workers at clinic left about 2:45. To my surprise the one of them spoke as she drove away she said, ” I like your sign”.
I had the JESUS FORGIVES and HEALS sign.

Jesus Forgives and Heals

Devotional for Day 24, October 17, 2014 Carmen Pate, Alliance Ministries

Intention:
Pray that God will continue to bless the efforts that have gone into the 40 Days for Life campaign, as we trust Him for the results.

Scripture:
Now these are Your servants and Your people, whom You have redeemed by Your great power, and by Your strong hand. O Lord, I pray, please let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant, and to the prayer of Your servants who desire to fear Your name. —Nehemiah 1:10-11

Reflection:
Nehemiah provides an awesome blue-print for volunteers in God’s service, particularly those responding to the devastation abortion has caused our nation. Nehemiah grieved for God’s reputation as he witnessed the condition of the city walls of Jerusalem. The walls were broken down which was seen by neighboring people as a sign of weakness on the part of Jerusalem’s God. No wall meant no security for the city and its people.
We learn from his story that he covered every detail in prayer; inspired others to join the cause; organized others to help do the work; confronted opposition directly and turned to God when discouraged; and finally celebrated what was accomplished and gave God all the glory! Like Nehemiah, we must acknowledge God’s sovereignty as we serve Him be-fore a mocking world. We too need to be reminded that we are “fighting” for our families.
We too must have an attitude of confession and repentance before a Holy God. We must pray for strength, refute slander, and not be diverted from our work.

Like Nehemiah, we will draw attention from the enemy when we are seeking to protect the well-being of God’s people. We too must stand firm and seek God’s help to persevere until the task is done. We too will be victorious.

Prayer:
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in heaven and in the earth is Yours. We pray for your continued guidance and protection throughout the remainder of this 40 day campaign. May we be steadfast, unmovable,
always abounding in Your work, knowing that our labor will not be in vain. We pray in the name of Jesus, amen.

Devotional for Day 22, October 15, 2014 Georgette Forney, Anglicans for Life

Intention:
May those who hold life as trivial realize that we live because God wills it so.

Scripture:
Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this, in His hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.
— Job 12:9-10

Reflection:
Job was a man acquainted with grief, trials and tribulation. He had everything taken from him, including his family. He endured sickness, ridicule and judgment from his friends. Everyone gave him advice about his situation, questioning his spirituality and his God. Job’s circumstances were bad but he never loses faith. Why? Be-cause “the hand of the Lord has made all life.” Created by God, he knows his life has meaning and purpose, regard-less of the circumstances. In our present culture, we’ve lost that basic truth; every life is made and allowed to live by God’s sovereign authority. As people who pride ourselves on our independence, we have a hard time acknowledging our dependence on God. From our creation, when we were knit together in our mother’s womb to our last breath, God’s word is clear that “in His hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.”

It’s time for us as individuals, and as a society, to recognize that we exist by God’s grace and turn back to Him, honoring His word and His teachings. Why? Because our world is full of Jobs, people who are dealing with trials and tribulations and hurting desperately.
Job’s response should be ours as well. Regardless of what we face (even an unplanned pregnancy) God in His wisdom and mercy will redeem it.
How do I know? Job’s friends who doubted God’s sovereignty cry out to God asking for help, God instructs Job to pray for his friends and after he does, God restores all that Job had lost. In other words, because Job never lost faith and knew and trusted His Creator, the Lord blessed Job.

Prayer:
Thank you Father God for being the Creator of my life and every life. Please give me, and the society in which I live, an appreciation for your gift of life. Please help us set aside our pride and acknowledge that we need you. Show me how I can honor you today in response to all the blessings you bestow freely. In the name of Jesus, amen.

We still have seats and tables available for the banquet with Abby Johnson on November 11th at 6:30 PM, St. Sylvester’s Parish Hall in Gulf Breeze. We have decided to extend the banquet registration to WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29TH.

The banquet registration cost per seat is $40 per person or $250 per table of seven (7).

To reserve your seat today please go to www.eccfl.org and register. Once registered, to pay for your reservation you can either pay by check to the Emerald Coast Coalition for Life or donate online at www.eccfl.org/donate/

Mail checks to the following address: Emerald Coast Coalition for Life, PO Box 543, Bagdad, FL 32530

Please call 850-889-1035 with any questions.

Inspired to build a culture of life, the vision of the Emerald Coast Coalition for Life is to create a community in which the sanctity of all human life is respected from the moment of conception to natural death. Our goal is to bring an end to abortion along the emerald coast through a fourfold strategy. This strategy includes increasing community awareness of the impact of abortion, promoting life-giving alternatives to abortion minded mothers and fathers in need through sidewalk advocacy, bringing healing to those suffering from past abortions, and increasing the number of individuals and churches involved in the local pro-life movement.

Banquet 2014 Abby Johnson 10 29

Devotional for Day 21, October 14, 2014 Carmen Pate, Alliance Ministries

Intention:
Pray that we each will daily put on the full armor of God, so that we are strong in the Lord and the power of His might.

Scripture:
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day and having done all, to stand. — Ephesians 6:12-13

Reflection:
I am confounded to see how the battle over the issue of life is perceived more often in churches today as political rather than spiritual. Ironically, the enemy has used this twisted perception to silence many in the body of Christ. We must see the battle for what it is and we must daily “put on” the armor God has given us:
 Gird your waist with Truth (vs. 14) — Commit your emotions to believe truth and to speak truth, regardless of the repercussions.
 Put on the breastplate of Righteousness (vs. 14) –It will protect our hearts – the innermost springs of our beings – from all unrighteousness so evident in this fallen world.
 Shod your feet with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace. (vs. 15) — Preparation is vital if we are to be effective in God’s work.
 Taking the shield of faith (vs.16) — The Accuser will instill doubt, fear, and guilt. Faith acts as an invisible shield that deflects such false accusations.
 Taking the Helmet of salvation (vs.17) — A helmet protects the head, the brain and in turn our mind and thoughts. Satan hopes we will set aside divine revelation for human reasoning.
 Taking the sword of the Spirit (vs.17) — The Word of God, the only offensive weapon in this armor, was used by the Lord Jesus against Satan. The living Word is powerful and effective.
Our armor is complete. We are ready to wage war, and the next verse tells us how, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the spirit.” (vs.18)

Prayer:
Dear Lord, as you lead us into the spiritual battle of abortion may we be reminded that the battle is truly Yours. Thank you for hearing our requests for direction and protection. Thank you for the victory that is ours because of Your Son Jesus, amen.

Devotional for Day 20, October 13, 2014 Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life

Intention:
May God’s people understand that the Lazarus of the 21st Century is the unborn child, and respond accordingly.

Scripture:
There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores. The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, “Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.” But Abraham replied, “Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. “And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.” —Luke 16:19-31

Reflection:
The rich man did not go to hell because he was rich. He went to hell because he ignored the other man. He thought that because Lazarus had less that he was worth less. He failed to recognize that Lazarus was his brother. Lazarus was waiting at the door of the rich man for scraps of food; the Lazarus of our day, the unborn child, is waiting at the door of the womb for birth itself. God does not only prohibit aborting the unborn; he prohibits ignoring them.

Prayer:
Father, I thank you for the life that I possess, and for the birth that you granted me. I hear the cries of the Lazarus of our day; I see them sitting at the door. Grant that I may never ignore them, and that through this 40 Days campaign, I may stir many others to pay attention to them as well. Through Christ our Lord, amen.

Thanks to our volunteers who represented 40 Days for Life and Alpha Center Pregnancy Resource Center at the St. Rose of Lima Fall Festival this weekend! This community outreach opportunity allowed us to inform the public about the 40 Days for Life Campaign and the wonderful life-giving resources available to moms, dads, and babies in need. We handed out 12-week baby models to teens and informed them of the local help available for pregnant moms. We handed out dozens of “There is Hope” brochures to our youth. One young man held our 4 month model of a child in the womb and told us that his sister was four months pregnant, so he took a picture of the baby in the palm of his hand to share with his sister. It is so important that the youth know this information, so that they know that there is hope, love and assistance available to them in our community! We also met many moms who are currently clients of the local Milton Pregnancy Resource Center and they came up to our booth to let us know how much they appreciate the love, assistance, and bible studies that they receive there. It is so beautiful to see these moms with their children! It is a reminder that, by God’s grace, we are building a Culture of Life!

Fall Festival 2014

Devotional for Day 19, October 12, 2014 Rev. Rob Schenck, President, Faith and Action

Intention:
We pray for a renewal of our zeal to offer generous help to the unborn and their families.

Scripture:
If I have despised the cause of my male or female servant when they complained against me, what then shall I do when God rises up? When He punishes, how shall I answer Him? Did not He who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same One fashion us in the womb? —Job 31:13-15

Reflection:
The ground is level as we stand before God. Job lived with an awe provoking sense of God’s expectation of him, particularly regarding his obligation to care for the weak and needy. He knew that in God’s economy everyone stands on level ground when it comes to our status as God’s creatures. Because of that central truth, we must take care of each other. Job also knew that he didn’t deserve any of the good things God gave to him. Instead, those blessings came to Job from God’s benevolent heart. As an extension of that knowledge, Job instinctively linked his obligation to be generous to others to God’s kindness toward him. As in Jesus’ parable of the unmerciful servant (Matthew 18:23-35), Job knew that it is an egregious sin to deny to others what we enjoy ourselves. He actually calls down on his own head severe condemnation and even punishment should he fail to share with others out of his own abundance (see verses 16-23). Proverbs 3:27 reads, “Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so.” Some things are so obvious that we don’t even need to pray except to ask of God forgiveness and the power to do what so obviously needs doing.

Prayer:
God, forgive us when we try to explain away the obligation we have to help others who need help. Enable us to not devalue them because they are in the circumstance that they are in, but to see them for what they are, those, who like us, were formed by your hand in their mother’s womb. Amen.