40 Days for Life daily meditations for days 1-7

From the 40 Days for Life – St. Louis Prayer Team:

Daily Mediations
September 22 – September 28, 2010

Day 1: Wednesday, September 22

Ephesians 6:12:
Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground.

In preparing for warfare, the Jewish people always prepared in ways more spiritual than military. For they believed they were fighting more than just men. They were instead participating in a much larger battle, a battle between angels in heaven. And so we too in preparing for war should prepare not just with signs and well reasoned logic, but also with prayer and fasting as the war we participate is not just for the conversion of the hearts and minds of all who believe in abortion, but against enemy angels themselves.

Day 2: Thursday, September 23

Romans 8:38, 37:
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us.

It is important for us to remember that, though we do indeed fight angelic beings greater than ourselves in our desire to bring our beloved brothers and sisters who believe in abortion to Christ, Christ is with us and with His power, those who seek the destruction of the souls of our brothers and sisters are no match for the power of God, and the love of God.

Day 3: Friday, September 24

Colossians 2:15:
Despoiling the principalities and the powers, he made a public spectacle of them, leading them away in triumph by it.

This is what we hope to achieve through the power of Christ, and our demonstrating His Commandment of love: we desire to despoil ‘the principalities and the powers’ of those souls lost through abortion, and those children so aborted, and so make a public spectacle of death by the lives of the men and women we desire to touch with our love.

Day 4: Saturday, September 25
From the Feast of Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael

Revelation: 12:1-5a:
A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth. Then another sign appeared in the sky; it was a huge red dragon, 4 with seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads were seven diadems. Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky and hurled them down to the earth. Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth, to devour her child when she gave birth. She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod.

It is not just the Infant Jesus the dragon wishes to devour, but all children, and all servants of God. And just as the dragon sweeps away a third of the stars, we have need to remember that abortion is violence, pure and simple: violence against the woman, and violence against the innocence of a child.

Day 5: Sunday, September 26
From the Feast of Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael

Revelation: 12:7-12a:
Then war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon. The dragon and its angels fought back, but they did not prevail and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. The huge dragon, the ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, who deceived the whole world, was thrown down to earth, and its angels were thrown down with it. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have salvation and power come, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Anointed. For the accuser of our brothers is cast out, who accuses them before our God day and night. They conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; love for life did not deter them from death. Therefore, rejoice, you heavens, and you who dwell in them.

Once again, we are reminded that the war for souls is not just a human endeavor, but is a battle in the heavens as well. So we call upon the intercession of angels to help us in this battle for souls. And with the prayers of angels and humans combined, we call down the Blood of the Lamb to cast out the ‘accuser of our brothers.’ And with Satan robbed rejoice with our brothers and sisters in heaven and all who dwell there.

Day 6: Monday, September 27
From the Feast of Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael

Revelation: 12:13, 17:
When the dragon saw that it had been thrown down to the earth, it pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. Then the dragon became angry with the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring, those who keep God’s commandments and bear witness to Jesus.

Indeed, by Satan’s lies there are those who will say abortion is not one of God’s Commandments, saying ‘You shall not kill’ does not apply to the unborn. And if one looks to the teachings of our Righteous Apostles in the written text called the Didache, we see an explicit command from the very men Jesus originally chose to spread the Good News. ‘You shall not procure an abortion, nor practice infanticide.’

Day 7: Tuesday, September 28
From the Feast of Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael

Daniel 12:1:
At that time there shall arise Michael, the great prince, guardian of your people; It shall be a time unsurpassed in distress since nations began until that time. At that time your people shall escape, everyone who is found written in the book.

Though the proponents of abortion deny it, the genocide of 50,000,000 unborn children in the United States alone is a time of ‘unsurpassed in distress since nations began until that time.’ And so it is with true charity for both mother, father, and child, we long through the Angelic and human ministry of love to bring all those involved in the abortion industry to Christ, and thus be ‘found written in the book.’

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