Daily Prayer for January 20

New Freedom

A young woman wrote: “At 39 years old I would yearn for what I had killed. Every day of my life I wish I could go back and change what I did. It was a sin, it started with sin and it ended with sin. Abortion is a terrible act. I know – I’ve done it. I became pregnant and made “the choice” to have an abortion. The media wraps it up so nicely by saying it is your choice; there is nothing to regret. You deserve that choice – it is your body. It is not a living child until a certain point. However, that is a lie. Abortion is the murder of a child. I murdered my child. This decision affected everyone around me. It affected my relationship with others. I cut myself off from my parents and family. Abortion changed me – not for the better. I was not happier. I felt free at the time and thought life can return to normal. And – it seemed to. But, it didn’t – slowly things changed and I did not realize it, I did not notice it…I became a stranger even to myself. Finally, I sought the Lord and He delivered me from my self-imposed condemnation. It would be many pain-filled years before I forgave myself.”
PRAYER:
Father, in the name of Jesus, I come asking You to forgive me for choosing abortion as a way out of a difficult place. Forgive my nation for disregarding the sanctity of life, and sanctioning abortion. I recognize that You uniquely create each person, Lord – each one is marvelously made! You know each one inside and out, You know every bone in the body. All the stages of a life are spread out before You, and the days are prepared before a child even lives one day. Since I now see clearly, I value the life You give. Lord, I repent of my sin and the sin of my nation. Be merciful unto me, O Lord. I ask Your forgiveness knowing that You are faithful and just to forgive me and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. Amen. (Those Involved in Abortion, Prayers That Avail Much Commemorative Edition)
Scripture Meditation: Psalm 139 Message; 1 John 1:9                         

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