Tomorrow is the National Day of Prayer--two gatherings I know of will be in Canton at the Community Kitchen and Waynesville in front of the Courthouse--both at noon. I want to encourage you to go to one of these, or if you cannot, consider fasting and spending that hour in prayer during your lunch break. Tonight at your prayer meeting, I entreat you to pray for repentance and revival for this wicked nation.
The slaughter of babies in the womb is unconscionable! As you may be aware there is opportunity for the reversal of the infamous Roe V. Wade decision in the current Supreme Court. But, they are facing unprecedented pressure with the release of a draft document from Justice Alito, proposing that very thing. Our State Executive Director, Todd Unzicker has released a great prayer guide. Here it is:
Nearly 50 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion nationwide through its decision in a case known as Roe v. Wade. Since that time, millions of Christians have been praying for the reversal of that decision, and now there are strong indications the high court is closer than ever.
Pre-born children, like all humans, are made in the image of God and worthy of our care. That conviction has roots deep in the Christian tradition, and it extends far beyond the latest political or judicial skirmish.
The end of Roe v. Wade would not signal the end of our prayers on behalf of vulnerable and voiceless children, but rather a new beginning. While we should celebrate any progress made toward stronger protections for unborn lives, there is still much work to do. Prayer is not our last resort. It’s our primary strategy.
Here are four ways you can pray.
1. Pray for the U.S. Supreme Court justices to overturn Roe v. Wade in their final decision on the Dobbs case, which should be released in the coming weeks. They will face an unprecedented amount of political and social pressure due to yesterday’s leak of a draft document. Pray for them to stand firm.
2. Pray for churches to extend compassion and care to abortion-minded mothers and fathers who are facing difficult circumstances. Many of them will choose life if they have the support of a faith family.
3. Pray that North Carolina legislators will craft or strengthen laws to protect unborn lives. A Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade will mean each state must decide its own position. Our elected representatives could have an unprecedented opportunity to stand for life.
4. Pray for ministries like the Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina, who provide adoption and foster care services as alternatives to abortion. Pray for staff and volunteers of frontline ministries, like pregnancy resource centers and sidewalk advocacy groups.
In addition, here are two key action steps.
1. Give to support life-saving initiatives. Pregnancy care centers and similar frontline ministries could see an influx of clients if Roe v. Wade is overturned. N.C. Baptists want to ensure they have the resources needed to serve their communities. Because of your generosity, two ultrasound machines have been purchased to serve and equip pregnancy care centers in under-resourced areas. Many more are needed. Give today at ncbaptist.org/give.
2. Volunteer to serve. Many of our local pregnancy centers or sidewalk prayer ministries across the state need Christians to help serve their communities. The local church must be the hands and feet of Jesus, helping women and parents in crisis. They need more of our love today than ever before.
Baptist State Convention of North Carolina
To that I say, "AMEN!"
Praying for Baby Killing to End,
Dennis Thurman, AMS Haywood Baptist Association