Activism and prayer
Greetings from Harbord Street – the heart of the pro-life activists. One activity (not often considered to be part of active resistance to the killing of unborn children) is prayer.
Prayer is a daily activity on Harbord Street and an essential part of all our special witnesses for life. This is how we keep in contact with Our Saviour who promised us that all will be well in the end. Prayer is described in the Bible as a mighty weapon, something that we can and must exercise, to be effective. The early Christians devoted themselves to prayer, to fellowship with the Lord and with their brothers and sisters. We read that Our Lord went into the desert and prayed all night. He taught us a relatively short prayer known as the Lord’s Prayer. We must pray diligently, not expecting to have all our wishes fulfilled in the manner we request them. Jesus prayed prior to His crucifixion that, that awful cup might be taken away from Him, but added ‘Not my will, Father, but Your will be done.’
But I would like to add that prayer does not stand alone. Everyday we pray, “Give us this day our daily bread” – and then we go out to work, to earn that bread. We have a job to do! I have one at Harbord Street although it is difficult to give you a job description.
The 24-hour prayer vigil on December 10 (the second anniversary of the opening of the Morgentaler abortuary) was a huge success. June 10 marks two-and-a-half years of illegal abortion on demand, in Toronto. We are holding another prayer vigil. The format will be similar to the December 10 vigil. There will be only special signs, a short devotional period of religious leader on the hour, and signing every half hour.
Goliath taunted the armies of God for forty days, until God decided to send David, inexperienced but strong in faith. God felled the giant one with one smooth stone.
Dear pro-lifers, we cannot stress enough that every day is a prayer vigil. We who witness for life have been sustained for two-and-a-half years by daily prayer.
We rejoice for any success. WE give God the credit and the thanks. We invite you to help us. Above all, come and pray with us.
“If God is for us, who can be against us?”