|Life Support Prayer Ministry of PPL|
Prayer should be our first and best effort in the fight for life.
It is to our shame that many of us do not connect abortion and prayer. For us who are so outraged by the church's position on abortion, we are prone to jump into a proactive mode that either kicks us into the high gear of politics, preaching, and picketing; or knocks us into the depths of despair, depression, and defeat. We need to hear the words of our Lord as he taught the disciples:
"Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up." And then he tells the parable of the persistent widow who was seeking justice from an unjust judge, and because of her constant plea, she was given justice. And Jesus applied the teaching, "And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly." (Luke 18:1-8)
Let us be persistent in prayer for this fight for life in the church. Please join PPL in this prayer effort. We believe our crying to God will bring about God's intervention all to His glory and honor.
Praying the LORD's Prayer for Life, by Rev. Dr. Donald A. Elliott, Past President of PPL
I often don't know how to pray. I find myself thinking of prayer frequently. I definitely know the need of prayer. And I believe in prayer. But the truth remains...I often don't know how to pray. I capture some time, get into a still place and have my list, but then I wander from person to person and issue to issue and then wonder if I have prayed in a way that is pleasing to the Lord.
That is especially true when it comes to praying for Presbyterians Pro-Life ... So what are we to do when we don't know how to pray?
I have found recently the impact of the Lord's Prayer on teaching me how to pray for life issues. It is the model for how to pray and our own knowledge, experience and burdens can fill in the blanks. The disciples came to Jesus and wanted to know how to pray, and Jesus gave them this prayer.
Let's walk through it and pray for life.
Our Father which art in heaven...
...hallowed be Thy name...
...Thy kingdom come...
...Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread...
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. AMEN.
A Call to Prayer
Scripture, Christian tradition, and history have constantly provided evidence that God answers prayer. PPL is seeking Presbyterians who will commit themselves to Life Support, the ministry of prayer.
We encourage you as a member of the Life Support prayer ministry team to make the following four commitments: