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Prayer-graphic March16sqPrayer should be our first and best effort in the fight for life.

It is to our shame that many of us do not connect abortion and prayer. For us who are so outraged by the church's position on abortion, we are prone to jump into a proactive mode that either kicks us into the high gear of politics, preaching, and picketing; or knocks us into the depths of despair, depression, and defeat. We need to hear the words of our Lord as he taught the disciples:

"Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up." And then he tells the parable of the persistent widow who was seeking justice from an unjust judge, and because of her constant plea, she was given justice. And Jesus applied the teaching, "And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly." (Luke 18:1-8)

Let us be persistent in prayer for this fight for life in the church. Please join PPL in this prayer effort. We believe our crying to God will bring about God's intervention all to His glory and honor.

May - August 2017 Life Support Prayer Calendar

A Call to Prayer: Patterns for Prayer

by Patricia Lee June, M.D.

A number of patterns for prayer have been published through the years. Of course, the most famous is the Lord's Prayer.

One popular model for prayer is ACTS: (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication). I must confess that I often – well, usually – reverse the order; I come before God with something on my mind, a request. It may not be a selfish request – it is frequently for another person or for other people or for larger groups like the church or nation or nations, but until I voice it in my mind, I cannot focus on the more important aspects of prayer.

God knows what we need and has promised to provide it – He knows our supplications before we voice them, yet despite this, He has commanded us to ask in His name.

Thanksgiving also comes easily. We have so much to be thankful for, both the general grace of sun and rain and the beauty that surrounds us as well as family and friends, and also more specially for Jesus and His salvation.

Which brings us to confession. Of course, God knows our sins – He knows our every thought, so why belabor the point? God knows our sins right enough, but do we? How do we repent of something we cannot even name? No, God does not need us to confess our sins, we need to confess, and not just "sins" in general - so generic that it requires no thought or self-examination - but our specific sins.

While the response to forgiveness for sin is thanksgiving, it is also adoration. As we contemplate Who is forgiving us and how far from sin is His holy character we realize how totally dependent upon Him we are.

The Lord's Prayer actually begins with supplication, though with a touch of adoration in the first supplication ("Hallowed be Thy name"), praying for God's will among all humanity, then for personal needs (daily bread, forgiveness and protection from Satan), before concluding with adoration. I do not think that God worries about the order of our prayers, but prayer that routinely goes no further than supplication demonstrates a lack of true relationship.

Patricia Lee June is a Pediatrician, member of First Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) of Moultrie, GA, and a longtime member and current Treasurer of the PPL Board of Directors.

A Call to Prayer

Scripture, Christian tradition, and history have constantly provided evidence that God answers prayer. PPL is seeking Presbyterians who will commit themselves to Life Support, the ministry of prayer.

We encourage you as a member of the Life Support prayer ministry team to make the following four commitments:
  1. Pray for PPL concerns at least twice a week. We encourage at least once in the hearing of other Christians, such as small groups, Bible Study, Prayer partners, teams, or chains.
  2. Encourage other individuals in your congregation to join in the Life Support prayer ministry.
  3. Encourage public prayers by the church for the efforts to protect unborn children and for the care of their mothers and families.
  4. Renew your commitment yearly. Prayer calendars will be sent to all Life Support members on a regular basis upon renewal notice.

Statement of Commitment

To receive the Life Support Quarterly Prayer Calendar, print, complete, and mail this section to
PPL Life Support; PO Box 461, Glenshaw, PA 15116, or complete the form below.

Life Support Prayer Calendar Commitment

I commit myself to become a Presbyterians Pro-Life Life Support prayer team member, praying at least twice a week for the sanctity of human life, using the quarterly Life Support Prayer Calendar.

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