At 10:30 AM on January 22nd, folks assembled at the St. Paul Cathedral to ask God to protect the lives of the unborn in the state of Minnesota and the rest of the world.
Your own Son was born into this world through an unwed mother and so may the church’s compassion never fail for pregnant women who are facing difficult circumstances or for the children they carry who are made in your image.
At the same time, every human dies at some time and so give Your people deep concern for the eternal spiritual well being of these mothers and children. As the church ministers to these mothers, may it look for opportunities to point them to forgiveness of sin, removal of shame and guilt, and eternal life through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, who now sits at the right hand of God to ensure answers to this very prayer.
Your people thank You for places like Amnion Crisis Pregnancy Center and many other places where women can go to be lovingly served for the best welfare of mom and baby in a compassionate and eternally minded environment. Lord, please lead moms in crisis to these types of places for their own sake and the sake of baby.
Lord, Your people also acknowledge the great sacrifice that every mother makes to bring a child into this world but also acknowledge the responsibility that mom and dad have towards their children. May your church not simply care for these families until baby comes into this world, but may the church be with them until they are established as parents who are able to provide for the needs of the whole family unit.
So much of the problem comes from a culture that values immediate sexual gratification at the expense of the patient enduring joy that comes through a healthy marriage that is grounded in unselfish relationship between mom and dad, just as Christ unselfishly gave his entire life unto death to turn enemies into friends. Lord, heal your church who has bought into the lies and impatience of the culture and fill it with all of the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, so that Your way would stand out to the world as the way that is worth pursing, just as You are the God who is worth pursuing.
Lord, your word tells the church to have compassion on the one who steals to feed his family, but it tells the authorities to make the thief pay back sevenfold what he took (Proverbs 6:30-31). And how could he do that without compassionate help from others? Likewise, poverty is no excuse for murder. May the church again maintain compassion, but may the law of our country protect the lives of the unborn. May our culture recognize the dignity of the beggar, who humbly appeals to compassion to have his needs met, and may it condemn the pride of the thief and the murder who accomplishes by hate what could have been accomplished by love.
Lord, Your people know that any error in this prayer will be overlooked and that You will answer according to Your character and good pleasure by the authority You have given us in Jesus name. Amen.