If my people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
This scripture verse is part of a message from God to Solomon who has just completed a great "house of the Lord,” and God is pleased. He tells Solomon that He will listen to all that is said in this place IF the people seek His face.
As we begin Lent today, it is a wonderful opportunity to do exactly what this Bible passage asks us to do. We must all humble ourselves before the Lord with fervent prayer and fasting. We must redouble our efforts among our friends, with those who disagree with us, and at the clinics. For only IF we change, will God heal our land. A very big change is needed in our country, so we must begin with ourselves. Throughout the Bible there are many examples when God turned a hopeless situation around because he saw the repentance of the people. Although we may be discouraged right now, God is still with us.
There are many opportunities for each of us this Lent:
1. Lobby Day in Springfield, March 8 – Visit
your state Congressmen in person and make an impact! You will be provided with
all the background to speak with authority on the issues. See below for
2. 40 Days for Life begins TODAY! – Downers Grove will be hosting a 12 hour daily vigil from 6:00 am – 6:00 pm. You can
sign up for an hour athttp://40daysforlife.com/downersgrove/ .
If you can’t make it out to a vigil, commit to praying for an hour from where ever you are at a time when abortions
are being committed.
3. Friday March 23 at
Noon - Stand Up for Religious Freedom
Rally in defense of religious freedom
against the Obama administration's HHS Mandate. Federal Plaza, 50 W. Adams
Street. For more info. go to: http://standupforreligiousfreedom.com
4. Read and share the attached article entitled
“Bishop Lori and the Parable of the Kosher Deli.”Bishop Lori testified before the House Committee of Oversight and
Government Reform on the matter of the HHS mandate and provided an eye-opening
comparison. Please share with those who don’t understand what the “big deal”
is about this mandate. Regardless of your personal belief about
contraception, sterilization, or even abortion, this mandate is government
denial of religious freedom and it paves the way to strip religious freedom for
ALL in our country. This “parable” can help you explain how.
Update on a Recent Save:
Rebecca and Ernesto have decided to get married...soon! They will wed on April 7th. Please pray for this young couple to start out their new family founded on God. Her due date is August 7th.
News from the last three Thursdays’ Forest View vigils:
** On Thursday, February 2, we estimate that EIGHT precious lives were lost.
** On Thursday, Feb. 9, we
estimate TWELVE women brought their children to die.
** Trish brought her 17 year
old daughter Jess to have an abortion. Trish cried on my shoulder about how she knew it was wrong, but she lacked the courage to stop her daughter from killing her grandchild. Please pray for these women, especially Trish who is desperately in need of the strength of the Holy Spirit.
**On Thursday, Feb. 16, we believe NINE children were killed in Forest View.
** However, two women chose LIFE!
The first was a young couple, Kim and Josh. They came out of the clinic after the doctor had arrived. Kim was crying and Josh was consoling her. When I approached them, they told me they weren’t sure if they could go through with the abortion. I walked them to the Women’s Center and they left all smiles! Please pray for this couple to stay strong and find the support they need.
** The other save: A woman named Linda came for an abortion with her friend Ruth. I tried to talk to them on the way in, but Ruth blocked me. However, she couldn’t block our prayers! When they came out a while later, I approached the car, and Linda
told me she couldn’t do it. She referred to the clinic as “nasty.” She also told me that her boyfriend called her while she was inside and told her not to do it. Praise God for a father stepping up to protect his child!
** Sadly, not all fathers
were able to save their children that day. A young married man named Rob sat outside in his car while his wife killed their first child. He was very much against it and tried to talk her out of it, but he stopped just short.
Emily and Rob will need all the prayers they can get to save their marriage.
News about your spiritually adopted baby:
** At the end of this eleventh week after conception, your spiritually adopted baby will officially earn the title of “fetus”. The embryonic stage has ended. Sadly the danger of abortion is far from over. Forest View will kill a baby up until 17 ½ weeks
and other clinics will commit abortion throughout ALL 40 weeks. The fetus is starting to move and grove a bit, and the mother may even be able to feel a tiny fluttering of these dances! Pray she will recognize that dance as a joyful feeling of LIFE inside her just waiting to come into the world.
To spiritually adopt a baby, pick up a prayer card in the vigil kit or go online at www.spiritualadoption.org.
Our vigil update writer: