For the first time in over a decade, we have withdrawn our goals for an unbroken prayer vigil outside Bakersfield’s only abortion business during the 40 days of Lent. Nevertheless, we do look forward to seeing many people praying outside the FPA abortion chamber during Lent, primarily during daylight hours.
We always encourage people to pray outside this place of death, anytime they can, day or night. Prayer is essential, but many experiences have taught us the advantages of a true vigil. A true vigil is more than one person praying: it is a cooperative effort to form a continuous unbroken chain of prayer, especially during the hours of darkness. We had worked harder on planning this LifeVigil than any of our past vigils, but without full cooperation from some key individuals, we decided that it would be better to postpone having a complete unbroken vigil until later in the year. That was a very frustrating decision, because at this time when the FPA abortion business is having trouble finding an abortionist to come to Bakersfield, we had hoped to redouble our efforts, not to retreat.
But we don’t see this as a defeat; on the contrary, it is an opportunity to refocus our efforts. Upon some reflection, we realized that God could have ordained these circumstances for a good purpose. If we scheduled the next unbroken 40 day LifeVigil to begin on May 2, our prayers could be most focused during the strategic time leading up to the primary election in June (where abortion is of course likely to be a major concern for voters, and where key decisions will be made impacting the future of mothers and children both locally and throughout the nation).
So, even as people pray on these sidewalks during Lent, we will continue to ask everyone to commit to praying with us during the next continuous 40 day LifeVigil, whenever that vigil may occur. A non-stop 40 day vigil requires significant commitment, so we will continue our efforts to “count the cost,” seeking to determine how many people will plan to cover a portion of the next vigil. If we cannot receive enough commitments soon, we may regretfully find it necessary to delay the start of the next vigil to the summer, or even later.
Whether or not you plan to pray outside FPA during Lent, please take the time now to answer our brief survey so that we will know whether or not we can count on you for the next vigil.
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