Embracing Life -- Day 7

Chandra White-Cummings

Day 7: Somebody Prayed for Them

Does anyone remember that old-school song sung in Black churches, usually during the offering, and definitely on choir day, called “Somebody Prayed for Me”? Allow me to refresh your memory:

Somebody prayed for me,
Had me on their mind
Took the time to pray for me
I’m so glad they prayed
I’m so glad they prayed
I’m so glad they prayed for me.

Today we 40 Days participants are reflecting on our responsibility to pray for those with whom we disagree, as well as those who agree with us. Prayer is apparently so powerful that it can transcend our emotional and fleshly dispositions toward someone, to impact that person’s life with the will of God. I think about people like Carol Everett, Norma McCorvey, and Jill Stanek who were all once deeply entrenched in the abortion industry and are now Christians who work tirelessly to preserve the lives of unborn children.

Carol Everett owned abortion clinics, Norma McCorvey was “Jane Roe” in Roe v. Wade, and Jill Stanek was a labor and delivery nurse at Christ Hospital in Illinois who discovered unethical practices taking place regarding the disposal of aborted children. Each of these people experienced a radical change in their lives and has a powerful testimony of how God can reach into such darkness and shine His light.

I heard Ms. McCorvey speak at a banquet last summer, and she moved me to tears. She spoke of how her days were just one long drug trip after another, how she shuttled from one meaningless relationship to another, and how hopeless she felt. She started working in an abortion clinic and over time she became dissatisfied with what she saw occurring there. Right next door to where she worked was an office of a pro-life group, and they would tell her about Jesus and how He loved her no matter what her life was like. Eventually she gave her heart to Christ and over the years has shared the love of His gospel with countless people.

Interestingly enough, not only did God save her, but He preserved the lives of her children. Not one of them was aborted and they are still alive today. No doubt someone prayed for all of them. What a God!

Find out more at the 40 Days for Life website.

Previous Posts

• Day 6: Knowing Us
• Day 5: Mercy in the Midst of Judgment
• Day 4: Not for the Faint of Heart
• Day 3: The Unborn Child as Lazarus?

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