God entrusts us with an amazing responsibility: the care of new life. May our communities learn to value and nourish each person, especially pregnant mothers and the children they carry.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
~ John 10:10
Reflection Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, to Whom all honour and glory is due, emptied Himself (kenosis), taking the form of a human being, in order to reconcile us with God and redeem us through His sacrifice on the cross (Philippians 2:7). He loved us so much that, although He is infinitely greater than us, He reduced Himself to the form of a helpless baby, dependent on Mary and Joseph to care for Him and protect Him from King Herod’s merciless soldiers, who sought to destroy Him as an infant (Matthew 2:13).
Even when He was in the womb, Jesus’ mere presence made His pre-born cousin John the Baptist leap for joy (Luke 1:44), and his aunt Elizabeth uttered a Spirit-filled salutation to his mother Mary: “Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. But why am I so favoured, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” (Luke 1:42-43). By the grace of the Holy Spirit, Elizabeth recognised in that seemingly ordinary visit of her young cousin, that God Incarnate had come to her home, along with the woman chosen to be His mother.
Though pregnant herself, Mary had immediately travelled from Nazareth to Judah, to her cousin Elizabeth, upon hearing from the Archangel Gabriel that she too was pregnant—a miracle given her old age (Luke 1:36). She knew that Elizabeth would need support, especially in her third trimester. That was a journey of at least 163 kilometres; a slow and arduous trek before modern transport. Yet, out of love and concern for her aged cousin, Mary went out of her way to care for her.
In today’s globalised world, with many people living far apart from their family members, it can be very difficult for a pregnant mother to cope with the immense transformation in her life, lacking traditional familial supports. Moreover, with government policies subsidising childcare centres but not stay-at-home mothers, and the modern Western expectation that mothers return to paid work as soon as possible after giving birth, babies and mothers are often pulled apart just when they need each other most, in this vulnerable, beautiful season of new life.
Worse, with the advent of modern medical technology, the increasing use of contraception (which results in the risk compensation effect, as demonstrated by Harvard researcher Edward C. Green), and new laws legalising abortion, those in the womb are more likely than ever to be ripped away from their mothers before they even see the light of day. “Fetus” is simply Latin for “young, offspring”. Our lawmakers and physicians are enabling the wholesale destruction of our offspring within their mothers’ wombs, the place where they ought to be safest in the world. This, in spite of ultrasounds confirming what people have known for generations: the child in the womb is a living, unique human being with a heart which starts beating from 16 days after conception (according to Oxford).
May we all learn to recognise and respect the image of God—that is, Love—in each pre-born child, that they may be blessed with life to the full, and have the chance to know, love and serve God among their fellow men.
Prayer Father, we beseech You to save our pre-born brothers and sisters from those who seek to steal their lives, kill them and destroy their tiny bodies before they have the chance to be born. We pray for pregnant mothers under stress, convinced that they have no way forward except to abort their children. We pray for parents, grandparents, siblings and relatives who have lost members of their family to abortion. May their wounds heal. Allow them to receive love and life into their hearts.
We pray for legislators to be anointed with wisdom and compassion for the most vulnerable humans in their jurisdictions; we pray for those involved with abortions to repent and turn from their ways. We call upon the Holy Spirit to open their eyes to the glorious humanity of each pre-born child, and we pray that You, Lord, the Giver of Life, will shepherd Your children safely beyond the reach of the destroyer, the Father of Lies, who plants the big whopping lie that abortions are a safe and necessary medical procedure.
O God, we entrust to You our nation of Australia, that every child may be born safely; that parents may be free of any sexism, selfishness or fear which leads them to contemplate destroying their own children. We pray for those providing support and care for mothers with crisis pregnancies, and mothers who may be refugees, migrants or fleeing domestic violence. May they be strengthened by Your love and given the grace to continue their work despite all challenges. Thank You, God, for the precious gift of life, and for making it possible for us to share eternal life with You. Amen.
Prayer Points for October 2020
1. Pray for a Breakthrough for LIFE, specifically an end to abortion and euthanasia in our nation. Exodus 20:13
2. Pray for a Breakthrough for INDIGENOUS LIFE, specifically an end to high youth suicide and premature death due to ill health. 3 John 1:2
3. Pray for new POLITICIANS for LIFE, especially pray for the upcoming elections in Queensland (31st October), ACT (17th October) + USA (3 November) & New Zealand (17 October). Proverbs 29:2
4. Pray for the Revitalisation of SPIRITUAL LIFE, namely repentance, renewal & transformation, that our nation might return to God. 2 Chronicles 7:14
Jean Seah is a law and liberal arts graduate with a profound faith in God. She is a passionate supporter of Freedom, Faith, Family and Life. Jean is the Managing Editor of the Daily Declaration and looks after the Canberra Declaration‘s social media. Jean is a devout Catholic who lives in Brisbane, Australia.
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