Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Prayer Warriors

We are officially four weeks away from the election today, and I've been feeling pretty down. The news anchors this morning were discussing tonight's second Presidential debate, and I told David that I really didn't even feel like watching it-- although, of course, I will.

After I got showered and dressed this morning, I put Sadie on her leash for a quick walk and grabbed my iPhone for some music. A song came on by a Christian band called Casting Crowns. The song is called "What if His People Prayed," and it's a call for the faithful to pray for the world, for our leaders, and for the conversion of souls.

You can hear the song here.

I'd already heard that a group of pro-life Christians and organizations was engaging in a "40 Days for Life" campaign, which you can read about here on their website. I hadn't been inspired to join in, though.

Now, I am. David and I are committing to pray the Rosary every day from now until November fourth for the election of candidates who respect the sanctity of human life. We will also pray for a conversion of the hearts of those elected officials who support the legalized killing of unborn children.

I don't believe that prayer always gets us what we want. But I believe it it powerful nonetheless, both in its power to impact the world and its power to change our own hearts. I believe that God hears our prayers and answers them.

Several months back I was reading a book about Carthusian monks. The Carthusians live in cloistered monasteries and spend most of their days alone in their "cells," praying. I was fascinated by their lives of solitude, and I was telling a girlfriend about them.

"What a waste," she said.

"What do you mean?" I replied. I was a little surprised at her reaction, because I know that she's a devout Christian.

"It just seems like there are so many other things they could do to help the world," she answered.

My response to her then, and my continued view, is that if you truly believe in the power of prayer to change the world, then there is no better way for these monks to spend their days than praying for all of us.

We're going to send up our prayers for faithful leaders between now and the election. Won't you join us?


PrinceOfTheWest said...

I am, and will, and do. Additionally, here in Michigan I'm praying that the pro-death Proposal 2 will be defeated. If it isn't, we will become guilty of creating little humans to slaughter them for their tissue, in the elusive and illusory quest for eternal youth.

It has never been more important to pray for any election!

perennial-mommy said...

Yes! We will and we are! Thank you for this encouraging post!