Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children
January 22 marks the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the U.S. Since that tragic decision, more than 56 million children’s lives have been lost to abortion, and many suffer that loss – often in silence. Join thousands of Christians across the country to pray for a “culture of life!”
+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
O God, source of all life and goodness, You fashion human lives in Your image and likeness, and through Your love, give each human life dignity, sanctity and priceless worth; awaken in every heart new reverence for the least of Your children, and renew among Your people a readiness to nurture and sustain Your precious gift of human life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
A Reading from the Old Testament: Is 49:1, 3, 5-6, 13-15 (NLT)
Listen to me, all you in distant lands! Pay attention, you who are far away! The Lord called me before my birth; from within the womb he called me by name.
He said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, and you will bring me glory.”
And now the Lord speaks — the one who formed me in my mother’s womb to be his servant, who commissioned me to bring Israel back to him. The Lord has honored me, and my God has given me strength. He says, “You will do more than restore the people of Israel to me. I will make you a light to the Gentiles, and you will bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.”
Sing for joy, O heavens! Rejoice, O earth! Burst into song, O mountains! For the Lord has comforted his people and will have compassion on them in their suffering. Yet Jerusalem says, “The Lord has deserted us; the Lord has forgotten us.” “Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne? But even if that were possible, I would not forget you!
A Reading from the Psalms: Ps 139:1-3, 13-15 (NLT)
O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up.You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do.
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous — how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
A Reading from the Gospels: Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14 (NLT)
About that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?”
Jesus called a little child to him and put the child among them. Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.
“And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me.
Prayers of Intercession
God is the author of life. In Him we place our trust and hope as we pray:
+ For the mother who awakens each morning with the memory of abortion fresh in her mind … Lord, have mercy
+ For the father whose child died with his cooperation and consent … Lord, have mercy
+ For the parents who influenced their child’s choice to abort their grandchild … Lord, have mercy
+ For the doctors, nurses and counselors who work at abortion facilities … Lord, have mercy
+ For scientists and pharmaceutical employees who manufacture abortifacient drugs … Lord, have mercy
+ For those whose work involves promoting abortion and contraceptive use … Lord, have mercy
+ For elected leaders who oppose any restriction on the abortion license … Lord, have mercy
+ For an end to legal abortion in our nation and for the conversion of all hearts … Lord, have mercy
+ For repentance, healing and peace for those involved in abortion in any way … Lord, have mercy
God our Creator, Lord and Redeemer of mankind, we give thanks to You, who alone have the power to impart the breath of life as You form each of us in our mother’s womb; You alone have the power to forgive sins against human life, and to heal the wounds caused by these sins; grant the prayers we have placed before You, and grant that we, Your children, will place all our trust in Your Divine Mercy so that the world and all its inhabitants may be saved. Through Christ our Lord.
To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood and made us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. (Rev 1:5-6)
+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen