Help for Praying about Abortion and #PlannedParenthood
This morning thousands of people across the nation joined to protest Planned Parenthood at 320 of their clinics. I had the privilege of joining several friends at the clinic in Marlborough, Mass., where we spent our time in prayer.
My friend, Lina Demers, prepared a prayer guide for the morning, which I found to be beautiful, pointed, and on target. We started each section with a Scripture reading, and then prayed about the topic in light of that passage. I thought it would be helpful to share it here (with her permission), as we continue seek our Creator and Savior in light of this devastating situation.
PRAYER OF ADORATION FOR GOD
Reading: Psalm 96; Psalm 2
PRAYER FOR PREGNANT MOTHERS IN CRISIS AND THEIR BABIES–may God protect and preserve them both.
Reading: Psalm 91
PRAYER FOR THOSE WHO HAVE HAD ABORTIONS–may they find forgiveness and cleansing in Christ
Reading: Psalm 32
PRAYER FOR MOTHERS WHO HAVE CHOSEN TO HAVE THEIR BABIES–may God provide proper care and support.*
Reading: Psalm 121
PRAYER FOR EMPLOYEES OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD–may they experience God’s mercy, grace, and salvation.
Reading: Psalm 25
PRAYER FOR OUR NATION–may God open our eyes to the dark realities of abortion and bring an end to this atrocity, beginning with the defunding of Planned Parenthood.
Reading: Psalm 94
Reading: Ephesians 6:12-13
BENEDICTION: “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Eph. 3:20-21)
*Along with this topic, it’s important to pray for crisis pregnancy centers, and also for the church to become a safe place for women in crisis, as well as cultivating a culture of adoption and foster care within our churches.