A political campaign.
A few hours once a week effort.
National top-down dictatorship.
One of many things to do at the same time.
Simply going to church and praying, or praying from home.
A “protest,” civil disobedience, or violent.
40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God’s power through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil to end abortion in America.
The mission of the campaign is to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused 40 day campaign of prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism, with the purpose of repentance, to seek God’s favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life, thus bringing an end to abortion in America.
God has used the period of 40 days throughout history to bring about major transformation…
Noah experienced transformation during 40 days of rain.
Moses was transformed by 40 days on Mount Sinai.
David was transformed by Goliath’s 40-day challenge.
Elijah was transformed when God gave him 40 days of strength from one meal.
Nineveh was transformed when God gave the city 40 days to remain faithful.
Jesus transformed the world following His 40 days in the desert.
The disciples were transformed after spending 40 days with Jesus following His resurrection.
Just think of the transformation God can accomplish when individuals and communities around the globe unite together for 40 days of prayer and fasting, pulling out all the stops to end the violence of abortion.
One of the strengths of 40 Days for Life is its simplicity.
It is made up of three components conducted during a focused 40-day time frame.
Prayer and fasting
Christ told us that some demons can only be driven out by prayer and fasting. The two go hand-in-hand. Prayer keeps us rooted in the fact that it is our desire to carry out God's will. Fasting is a sacrifice that helps us reach beyond our own limitations with God's help. Fasting is not a Christian diet; it is a form of physical prayer. You can fast from food, TV, alcohol ... anything that separates your from God.
The most visible component iof 40 Days for Life is a constant prayer vigil outside a place where children are aborted. It is a prayerful witness to the clinic's patients and employees, and to the entire community, that evil is in our midst and that with God's help, it will be defeated. It is the hope that the vigil can be maintained 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
During 40 Days for Life the pro-life message is proactively taken to the community through a focused, grassroots educational effort. A door-to-door petition and education drive reaches out. Informational flyers raise awareness about abortion. People are given the opportunity to visibly show their support for 40 Days for Life. This outreach can include church involvement. media contact and campus outreach.
Starting in 2004, cities and towns quietly began to conduct the 40 Days for Life campaign. Since that time, hundreds of communities in all 50 states and numerous other countries have participated in coordinated 40 Days for Life campaigns, creating a track record of extraordinary lifesaving results:
Hundreds of thousands of people of faith and conscience have joined together to pray and fast for an end to abortion.
Over 1,500 children have been saved from abortion – and those are just the ones we know about.
Hundreds of women – and men – have been spared from the pain and regret of abortion.
Those with abortion experiences in their past have found healing.
Abortion facilities have experienced sharp setbacks, cutting back hours and closing down for days at a time.
Over a dozen abortion workers have quit their jobs.
Three abortion facilities have closed and gone out of business following 40 Days for Life campaigns outside their doors.
Media outlets have given the pro-life position prominent coverage with over 500 news stories.
More than 5,000 church congregations have been activated and united for life Module 1: Overview 12.
New people have been recruited, educated, and mobilized.
Additional funds have been generated for local pro-life efforts.
People have turned back to God with a renewed sense of hope for the future 40 Days for Life requires lots of prayer, hard work, and personal sacrifice, but we know from experience helping hundreds of cities implement this campaign that YOU CAN DO IT!
Grow spiritually and personally.
91.3% of 40 Days for Life participants grew spiritually and personally through their participation. Faith grows as you see God work through your efforts.
Builds confidence in your ability to do what some think is “impossible.”
Grow in community with a team of others who have common vision, values, mission, goals.
Bonds that can last a lifetime.
SAVE LIVES, reducing abortions by 10%… 15%… 20%… or more!
Recruit and mobilize hundreds – even thousands – of new people into effective, life-saving efforts.
Lead post-abortive women – and men – into proven and effective healing programs.
Develop dynamic new leaders to increase the future impact of prolife efforts.
Bring churches together in an historic display of Christian unity and action.
Generate enormous “buzz” by getting prominent pro-life news coverage – even from biased media outlets.
Increase local financial support for pro-life efforts.
Make the sanctity of human life a crucial issue in elections.
All of these results have actually been realized in other communities, and – with God’s help – could happen where you live as well.
For OUR NATION and the WORLD
Demonstrate the love of Christ 9 People see that God is real and at work in our world today.
Renewed hope – after more than 3 decades of abortion, people realize that it can, and will, end.
Impact eternal souls.
Change history, making this the “beginning of the end of abortion.”
So that others may live!?