Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,
Early Sunday mornings, you’ll find me driving through the Appalachians, praising and praying. It’s easy to praise God amidst such beauty!
Driving through the Appalachians means that I’m driving west. A week ago in my rearview mirror, I saw the beautiful oranges and yellows of the sunrise. I thought, “Hmm. Maybe I should have driven east this morning.”
An hour later, I got a text from my friend saying that she was praying in Washington, DC. “I just felt like I was supposed to pray here.”
That was my confirmation that I should have driven east, not west.
Praying in Washington, D.C.
The next day, Labor Day, my friend and others from our prayer group met in Washington, DC early in the morning to pray. We felt soooooo good after we prayed.
That’s right. We felt good about praying in Washington, DC despite the pandemic, despite the riots, and despite the elections.
Praying with the 40 Days for Life Campaign
Later in the week, I went to sign up for the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil at the nearby abortion facilities. The next prayer vigil is Sept 23-Nov 1. They’re already expecting a record turnout.
But my schedule and the available times slots do not match up. I thought, Well, I could go early on Sunday mornings—all three facilities are about as long of a drive as to DC. But I felt God encouraging me to pray in DC instead.
So, I intend to visit DC early on Sunday mornings throughout the fall 40 Days for Life campaign, praying for the women, men, and pre-born babies at abortion facilities across the country and around the world.
Praying at the Center of the Capital
This morning, another friend from my prayer group met me in DC. We prayed at this little marker near the Washington Monument.
The marker is named Jefferson Pier after Thomas Jefferson, who wanted that spot to be the Prime Meridian. Clearly it did not become the Prime Meridian, but it does mark the center of the original diamond-shaped capital city of the U.S.
Today, Washington, DC is not diamond shaped. The diamond is cut along the Potomac River, cut by division on the issue of slavery.
Neither Washington, DC nor Virginia were free from slavery in the early 1800s, but Washington was soon to become free.
In what is now Alexandria, VA but then in the diamond-shaped DC was an auction block where our ancestors sold people who were stolen from their homes and transported against their will across the vast ocean to a land with a strange language and strange customs.
In the capital of the world’s first democracy, we proclaimed freedom and yet enslaved others.
Although our Declaration of Independence declared us free from Britain, it did not declare enslaved peoples free from colonists. And yet it did inspire Vermont to abolish slavery in its state constitution!
Slowly, all the northern states ended slavery. Perhaps they, too, were inspired by the Declaration of Independence, which truly was revolutionary not just because it started the Revolutionary War but because there were no other people-led countries at that time. The United States inspired other countries to create their own democracies.
Those on the Virginia side of the Potomac saw that Washington would soon end slavery as well. They, however, did not want to lose their lucrative businesses that benefited from the slave trade, so for this and other reasons they requested retrocession—that the portion of DC west of the Potomac River be returned to Virginia. Money, not righteousness, won that day.
Now Washington, DC looks like a broken diamond. Isn’t that telling?
Washington, DC looks like a broken diamond.Tweet
And so I will pray in Washington, DC in concert with the 40 Days for Life prayer warriors for the liberty of pre-born babies of every hue and their mothers and fathers. May they no longer be oppressed by death or by lies.
He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death and broke their chains in pieces.Psalm 107:14 NKJVTweet
I will pray for union of families and for wholeness. May women and men no longer suffer from brokenness that leads to abortion.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.Psalm 147:3 NKJVTweet
I will pray for justice for the mosaic of all the beautiful colors of our people. May justice and righteousness reign.
Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.Amos 5:24 NASBTweet
Undivided / Wholeness
I will pray for the wholeness of our country. May we no longer be divided but instead stand firm in union fighting for freedom.
It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.Galatians 5:1 NASBTweet
Let Us Pray Together
Join me. Sign up to pray at an abortion facility near you as part of the 40 Days for Life campaign. If you can’t go, then pray where you can be—in your own home.
Let my next book be your guide to praying for the end of abortion, for true freedom, which is in Christ.
Worship to End Abortion: Your Prayer Guide releases this Friday!