By John-Henry Westen
WASHINGTON, November 19, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Some of the most intense prayer ever requested of Christians is being demanded by Catholics and Evangelicals alike in the wake of the election of Barack Obama and his impending signing of the Freedom of Choice Act. The Act would undo any restrictions on abortion and force taxpayer funding of the killing. While Catholics are calling for intense Eucharistic adoration even up to nine hours straight, Evangelicals are calling for stadiums to be filled with Christians praying and fasting.
Lou Engle, one of the founders of the prayer movement to end abortion known as bound4life, had a post-election message for the Pro-Life Movement Monday reminding Christians that “abortion is a spiritual battle.” Therefore, he continued, “let this election be a call to prayer and fasting like has never been seen in America. We must have a spiritual awakening to turn the hearts of this nation and I believe we will have this awakening! As my friend Allen Hood prophesied, ‘Let it be said that in the days of the rule of President Obama, stadiums were filled with prayer and fasting.’”
Similarly Catholics with a group known as Our Lady of America have launched the “First Eucharistic Vigil for America: 48 Hours of Eucharistic Prayer From 6:00 p.m., Friday, November 21st (The Presentation of Mary) until 6:00 p.m., Sunday, November 23rd (Christ The King).” Organizers ask the faithful to “arrange to make a vigil (3-9 hours) [or at least one Holy Hour] before Our Lord Jesus Truly Present in The Most Blessed Sacrament sometime between Friday Evening and Sunday Evening. Prayer intentions for the vigil are:
For the end to all legalized abortion, and to stop any new pro-abortion or pro-infanticide laws, including defeat of the FOCA (“Freedom of Choice Act”) [read about the FOCA threat];
For the United States Catholic Bishops to process solemnly and to install into the National Shrine of The Immaculate Conception at Washington the statue of Our Lady of America with the Lily of Purity extended from Her right hand for the protection of America [read the Messages of Our Lady of America];
For His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, and for the U.S. Catholic Bishops, and North American government leaders to achieve greater respect for human life and and for the virtue of purity.
Adult men, in particular, are called to this Vigil through the night from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., remaining, if possible, for an efficacious novena of nine (9) hours, or at least for one (1) to four (4) hours during the nocturnal periods from late Friday to early Saturday, or late Saturday to early Sunday. Before Friday evening, participants are urged to go to Confession before the Vigil and attend Mass every day. Those wishing to acknowledge participation may email: [email protected]
Both groups realize full well the evil of abortion and homosexuality and that the Obama Administration is set to expand on both those fronts. Nevertheless neither group espouses hatred. “We must pray for President Obama, he is not our enemy,” says Engle. “Pray that God would give him wisdom. If God could change a Nebuchadnezzar by haunting with dreams, he could change Obama. Our mandate is not to curse but to pray for those in authority.”
Engle concluded: “God has set before me two great objectives, ‘God end abortion, and send revival to America.’ Let this be the cry of the Pro-Life Movement in America today.”
See the websites of both groups: