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Reflections on today’s National Day of Prayer

by | May 6, 2021

By Dave Andrusko

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you’re doing the impossible.”– Francis of Assisi

“It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.”—Astrophysicist Robert H. Goddard.

“When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.”–George Washington Carver.

I confess that while I knew of and about the National Day of Prayer, it did not take on real significance for me until a friend invited my wife and me to a church setting where up to a hundred of us had breakfast and listened to a speaker explain that the day originated with President Truman.  President Reagan designated the current date—the first Thursday in May—in 1986.

In his speech announcing the amendment, President Reagan said

No one can hold this office without noticing that prayer is something deeply woven into the fabric of our history, that indeed spiritual values are essential to the successful life of a democracy. It was George Washington himself who said: “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.”

While there are a growing number of people who are motivated by secular reasons—and thank goodness for their invaluable contributions—our Movement’s ranks are filled with believers. These are women and men who put their faith into action in many venues but most particularly in the defense of unborn children, children born with disabilities, and the medical vulnerable. And while our numbers are fortified by younger men and women, they stand on the shoulders of giants.

For believers, prayer is as essential to sustaining us spiritually as breath is to maintaining us physically.  As William McGill wrote, “The value of persistent prayer is not that He will hear us but that we will finally hear Him.”

This National Day of Prayer is different for all the obvious reasons including COVID-19 —which we fervently believe is winding down—and a Biden-Harris administration whose allegiance to fulfilling the wish list of the Abortion Industry is a matter of secular orthodoxy.

That having been said, none of us who are believers are under any illusion who our ultimate enemy is. Nor do any of us believe we will win this most noble of causes in our own power alone. If we are going to be His instruments, we must seek His face for strength, guidance, and reassurance.

The inability to protect the littlest Americans has costs beyond the frightening number of dead babies (more than 62 million) and untold millions of women scarred by their decisions. Decades ago we understood that once the death ethos came for “them”–the powerless unborn–it would be a dress rehearsal for a wider attack. You did not need to be a prophet to know that the next categories of victims would be babies born with disabilities and the vulnerable elderly, each of whom would be “better off dead.”

Each of us has our own individual motivation for enlisting. May I suggest that the underlying inspiration for many pro-lifers is akin to mine. And that is, I would be a lesser man–and a far lesser Christian–if I stood idly by, if I refused to see that my obligation is to do everything I can to protect those who cannot protect themselves.

Mother Teresa once said, “God doesn’t require us to succeed, he only requires that you try.” I have thought about that on many occasions.

In our case, I believe our trying will result in success. Not in a selfish sense of personal gain but in attaining the magnificent objective of returning legal protection to unborn children. Could there possibly be a more just cause?

Thank you to all those pro-lifers who are reminding us of the critical significance of praying for each mother in a crisis pregnancy, for each child whose life hangs in the balance.

Pray that this woman, who so often is under immense pressure to abort, finds a helping hand and the courage to face down her own fears and the discouraging counsel of others. 

Pray that she recalls that she is carrying one of His creations–and that He loves both her and her unborn child more than she could possibly know.

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