Praying for Life

by the Rev. Peter Gregory

It didn’t receive much news coverage, but a trial date has been set for Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, a northern Indiana abortionist. He is charged with failing to report an abortion performed on a 13-year-old girl within three days as required by a state law that deals with statutory rape and the sexual abuse of minors. Only a week earlier, a counselor at an Indianapolis Planned Parenthood clinic gave graphic sexual “counseling” to an undercover investigator posing as a 15-year-old girl. The sexual education that this client received included violent practices and recommended the use of pornography. So much for the claim that they’re there to help and protect young women.

But what can be done? What can you or I do?

Yes, we should come to the aid of such young women and provide actual help for them. Supporting or volunteering for a local crisis pregnancy center is a good place to begin. And it’s important for us to speak and act publicly on behalf of our young people, as well as for the unborn. You could check with your local Right to Life group to find out what they’re already doing in that area. There might even be a Pro-Life Boot Camp in your area for teens so that they can learn to affirm life and even speak with their peers about it!

Yet those aren’t the only ways to make ourselves heard. Along with speaking up in our communities, we also have the great privilege of speaking up to the Lord on behalf of others. If we don’t know what to do for that 13-year-old girl or for the young women in our families and churches, we can always pray for them. And that’s no small thing! We may have nothing to give or no way to help, but we do know and have access to the God who has everything, including what they need. On top of that, we are, in fact, His dear children and He is our dear Father in heaven. He has promised to hear and answer our prayers. And so in prayer we bring the needs of others to the One who really is able to help. What a privilege and gift this is! So we serve and love our neighbors by praying for them.

Instead of just lamenting the evils of our world, then, each day look for opportunities to pray for life, physical and spiritual. Speak up to God. Pray for the young women that you know (and for young men, too!), for their parents and teachers, friends and classmates, for the unborn, and even for the Dr. Klopfers and Planned Parenthood counselors of the world, that they too might have life . . . eternal life in Christ.

The Rev. Peter Gregory is associate pastors of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, Ind.


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One Response to Praying for Life

  1. August 23, 2014 at 7:18 pm #

    Thank you for challenging us to action instead of spending our time lamenting. I also appreciate your encouragement to lift up the doctors and PP counselors in prayer as well (reminds me of 1 Timothy 2:1-4).

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