by Pam Neighbor 2/19/15 - ‘40 Days for Life’ is a God honoring approach to restoring a culture of life by seeking God and His power through prayer, fasting, peaceful public vigil and community outreach. We pray to promote the cause of life and to end abortion and the culture of death. Today is the beginning of the Spring campaign of ’40 Days for Life’. It goes from February 18th through March 29th. Each group will be uniting with hundreds of other cities and communities. for a peaceful, prayerful, prolife outreach.
Since its inception nationally in 2006, the 40 Days for Life prayer campaign has generated measurable lifesaving results in every community where it has been experienced. It has grown into the largest mobilized prolife prayer effort.
539 cities have participated – now in 24 countries
625,000 people have participated
16,500 churches have been represented
9.873 children have been confirmed spared from abortion
59 abortion clinics have been closed completely (2 of them in Washington state)
107 abortion workers have quit their jobs due to changed hearts.
This coordinated prayer effort involves people from...
This coordinated prayer effort involves people from many denominations representing many churches. We join together knowing that we are declaring God’s words and desires to change the culture in which we live. We are there to save lives of the unborn scheduled to die in the abortion facilities but we are also praying for conversions of family members, abortion workers and public officials. We pray for babies and mothers, but also for change in hearts and laws.
My experience in Tacoma ‘40 Days for Life’ has been a blessing for me. Joining with others in praying for life has been spiritually uplifting and growth producing.
For many years in Tacoma, we have used a wonderful notebook that includes scriptures, prayers, hymns as well as the litanies and intentions to guide our prayer efforts. This year we have revised our notebook to include an extensive emphasis on the Armor of God, how it protects us and focuses our prayers to gain the desires of heaven for life. We have time schedules of 2-hour slots that allow for both individual and corporate prayer and worship. Many times community members hear our worship songs, come to join in the singing and end up staying to pray and fellowship. We hear first hand reports that some community members who expected to dislike the ‘protesters’ but have come to not only respect us for our endurance in very bad weather, but have enjoyed the hymns they remember from their youth. They then respond with favor and openness to our message of life. It has been an unexpected blessing for me personally that many young black men have expressed gratefulness that we stand for babies that are being targeted in their community.
In Tacoma, our prayer vigils have been at Planned Parenthood until the past campaign was changed to Cedar River because very late term abortions are carried out there. From my contacts, it seems that much of the neighborhood has been unaware that late term abortions were being done. Community members have expressed surprise, sadness and anger. There is also a Cedar River facility in Renton that I understand is a draw for out of state people entering by way of Sea Tac airport to use the services for late term abortions.
I ask that you consider praying for ‘40 Days for Life’, finding out more about the campaign and its locations, or coming out yourself to pray in the peaceful vigil at Cedar River in Tacoma.
For more information go to www.40daysforlife.com or www.40daysforlife.com/tacoma