Praise Report from Pennsylvania
Praise Report from Pennsylvania
The first March for Life since Roe v. Wade was overturned took place at the Capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022. Thousands gathered, calling for the “Seed of a Nation” to make history once again in the defense of life.
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Ephesians 6 defines the various pieces of the full armor of God. One piece in particular stands out at this time in our history: Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth … (Ephesians 6:14 NASB 1995).
This day was also a first among the recently launched IFA State Prayer groups. PA Pray, established on July 5, attended the march in Harrisburg. Several of our faithful prayer-call intercessors came together there, meeting face-to-face for the very first time, and friendships were quickly established and “the army” began mobilizing. (Every weekly prayer call includes intercession for the life of the unborn, with a focus on interceding for legislation and decisions that will protect life and abolish abortion on U.S. soil.)
Prayer ahead of the event for weather, travel, and safety, among other things, was answered on all fronts. The day began with the paying of tribute to our Almighty God. At 9:30 a.m. a Roman Catholic Mass was held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and there was a prayer-and-praise rally at 10 a.m. at the steps of the Capitol. As the crowd began drifting in, we started to wonder how many had been called to attend. The praise music wafted through the crowd and the worship went up like a pleasing aroma. Hands were lifted, heads were bowed, and tears were flowing in this miracle of the Church standing as one, with no divisions, but only as a visible answer to Jesus’ prayer: “ … that they may all be one; even as Thou, Father, art in Me and I in Thee … ” (John 17:21 NASB 1977).
People of all denominations and from among both Jews and Gentiles gathered on the Capitol grounds to cry out for the voices that were never heard.
The speakers were strong in their messages — and they took no soft approach to the hideous reality of the abortion practices that have spiraled to even greater depths through the selling of tissues and organs from our unborn babies in the name of “science.” We heard from Ann McElhinney, co-author of Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer. The details were presented to a grimly sober audience. These atrocities occurred in our state and in our city of Philadelphia. God have mercy on all who turned a blind eye.
Another standout speaker was Kathy Barnette, who ran in the Republican primary for U.S. senator but lost to Mehmet Oz. She is a U.S. military veteran and an author and has an amazing testimony. A 21-year-old man raped Barnette’s mother when she was just 11 years old — and Barnette stressed the crucial point that responsible adults chose life for the pregnant girl. Barnette’s grandmother could have taken the abortion road for her young daughter, but instead the family chose life! Barnette’s story was delivered with such power and strength that the crowd erupted in cheers.
By the time the march began, at noon, some 6,000 people had gathered across the front of the Capitol, extending into the shade of the trees and into the surrounding streets in every direction. Capitol caretakers confirmed that this was the largest rally ever held in Harrisburg. A refreshing mist of rain began to fall, just enough to provide some relief from the heat.
On the Tuesday Prayer call for Pennsylvania, participants shared testimonies. Among those, some observers said they were amazed at the blending of the generations: Older people marched alongside young couples with children and babies. We saw this as a great sign of hope for the nation.
Others noted that there were no counterprotesters; there was no screaming, no protest signage, and no interference — only a 6,000-person march around the Capitol building punctuated with joyful singing, praying, and the meeting of new friends in this fight for the unborn.
The only (natural!) distraction was the presence of bees. From the start of the gathering until the mist arrived, the area was covered with them. Although they were quite annoying, this never deterred those gathered. Thankfully, the bees weren’t aggressive (although I did get a sting), and most people just swatted them away and continued to focus on the mission.
Thanks to Mary Ellen from Lancaster County, the IFA Pennsylvania prayer group and Amy Sabat from IFA headquarters were able to tour the Capitol building. We experienced the beauty and the grandeur inside, with nearly every room in the building and the grand dome being filled with Scripture and images of Biblical scenes, all of it reminding us that we are “one nation under God.”
In my final reflection of this day, I could not help but sense the enormous privilege and responsibility that go hand in hand in representing IFA in the state of Pennsylvania. As I marched, I sensed the great cloud of witnesses (in the words of Hebrews 12:1) of the founding fathers of this timely ministry. Derek Prince — who boldly answered the call in 1973 and formed Intercessors for America along with John Talcott, John Beckett, Jay Fesperman, John Heard, George Gillies, and Warren Black — blazed the trail we now follow.
The same year that Roe v. Wade became law in our nation, the call to intercession was sounded for us to take a stand in prayer for our government, and especially for the sanctity of life. Those men established this ministry for the purpose of seeing this day when intercessors would be walking as one. Over these 50 years, this great cloud of intercessory witnesses has been effectively “shaping history through prayer and fasting.”
Following the Supreme Court’s overturn of Roe v. Wade this past June, the torch got passed down to the 50 states. It is now our turn to wage war for the state-by-state abolishment of this dreadful act of violence against and murder of innocent lives yet unborn. We in Pennsylvania view this as Scripture teaches in the book of Nehemiah: We see that our state is one among 50 “builders” of a wall of protection. Our goal is to work and fight side by side — with a tool in one hand and a sword in the other (Nehemiah 4). Together with all the other states, we labor to see God’s Kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
So, it is time. Gird up your loins, as was the biblical directive to those going into battle. Grab the back panel of the flowing robe, draw it to the front, tuck it firmly beneath the belt of truth, and RUN! Run as though all lives depend upon it. Run for the 63 million who never had a chance. Run so that within our own lifetime we will see an end to this diabolical practice. Let God ARISE!
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Thank you for sharing PA., March for life and the thousands that attended concerning the Diabolical Act of abortions. I thank Gods win Roe V Wade was passed and the thousand’s standing strong against Abortion. There is still a battle: I want to share a few words from a book I was reading which talked about America’s blood curse. “The law of shedding blood was not just an ancient rule for an ancient civilization. In the book of proverbs it say there are (7) deadly sins.” One of the seven states that “The lord hates the hands of those who those who shed innocent blood.” Proverbs :6-17 / in Hebrews the word “ shed means to spill forth” which refers to purposely taking another’s life. One of America’s greatest tragedies was 1973 legalization of abortions. This falls into the shedding of blood. “ The rules of heaven impact eternal destines.” Eventually the blood that has been shed in America will cry out to God as Abel’s did from the ground ( Genesis 4:10)” The same pattern of ancient Jerusalem can repeat its self in America. It is a real curse upon America, this needs to be broken upon America even though it goes to Each STATE Level. In the Bible #(40) means “ testing”. As I kept reading I realized another battle must be won State Level. The story goes on to say NYC had shut down of 80 days which was doubled which u double 40/40= 80. There are several scriptures in the Bible that had test of the # 40. NY has been called the “ Babylon on the Hudson” Jeremiah: 16:18 God spoke to Jeremiah that shedding innocent blood was desolate and city ruined. As I read this I started praying , God showed me ALL STATES would be breached according to Gods Covenant. I truly believe 2 nd phase is for us to start praying over the states that still approve abortions. Evil spirits are determined to erase the growth of newborn babies and that is why we must fight against all abortions. Jesus we bring this petition to you concerning the shedding of blood through abortions that you stop the rule in each state of killing innocent babies. There were more scriptures in the Bible that kept stating the curse of innocent blood. I got highly educated on the scriptures of the blood curse of Abortions. A well educated Minister, Prophets wrote the book that I am reading is powerful, now I will add the second phase of prayer concerning abortions and the curse of Innocent Blood to my prayers. God is teaching me to look at scriptures a different way, I am learning that what is written in the Bible God is showing us is happening NOW through scriptures. 🧎♀️🧎♀️
Return of the Gods was recently released and also great insight.
In JESUS CHRIST holy name. Amen
NO counterprotesters!! HALLELU YAH!!!
Father, thank you so much for the pro-life activist in the state of Pennsylvania. Provide protection and provision as the sacrifice for this cause for life. Let them feel our prayers in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Praise Jesus for the boldness and fortitude of Pennsylvanians to gather under the banner of LIFE for the unborn. May many states follow suit!
Excellent article. Thanks for sharing.
Hallelujah, God is good today and always!
Father, in Jesus’s name, you are ever faithful. Thank you for the victory for the “Unborn” in Pennsylvania, and thank you for all who marched for the “Unborn”, and the hard work of the organizers. Thank you for compassionate hearts, and I pray this compassion will spread across the
nation and the world.
Thank the Lord for Pennsylvania’s March for Life! May it be a spark for pro-life infants throughout this broken country like never before! Stand and fight through prayer for those without a voice, like never before!
Thanksgiving for honoring Life from above! Let Freedom Ring..till Nov 8th farm bells church bells , firehouse, VFW, noon whistle manufacturing plants. Lev 25:10. Proclaim Liberty to the inhabitants of the land! And blow your Shofars ty blessings..🔔🎶
May God be given the glory for this great outpouring of love for the unborn!
To God be the glory for the prolifers in our country! We seek His forgiveness for 50 years of this sin and pray for His mercy. Amen
Please pray for upcoming Senate election in Florida. Val Demings says Rape and incest are a crime, abortion is NOT. Pray for Marco Rubio, pro Life. Pray any cheating won’t work.
This is so encouraging – older people walking with younger people for pro-life. GOD is good. The 5th Commandment is “Thou Shalt not kill”. Abortion is murder – the taking of a miracle of life at conception. I feel that people (both male and female) need to be more responsible with their sexual activities. If there is a new life created, then they need to be given resources in bringing that innocent baby into this world. Praise GOD.
Pleading the Blood of Jesus Christ over this Nation for Revival and that HE will Raise HIS Right Arm and bring an END to Abortion in its’ entirety. We, as a Nation, are messing with the Human Being Soul – deciding whether that Precious Soul should live or die…Abortion is wrong every time! The nano-second that egg is fertilized a Soul is given. We’re saying and being told that before the heartbeat there is no Soul – that is not true. We are messing with what is SUPPOSED to be left to the discretion of THEE ALMIGHTY – deciding Life or Death on an INNOCENT Baby with a Soul. I am praying that Jesus Christ bring an END to Abortion and that Jesus Christ get the Glory for it.
This is such a wonderful, heart warming report! Please pray for California, it is getting darker here but with God we can overcome!
Dear Nancy, Texas is standing with y’all in JESUS name !! Do not dismay…The weapons of our warfare are mighty to the pulling down of strongholds !!
Father God we thank You for watching over our nation as well as our state of California. Continue to shine the light into the darkness and help recover all of what is rightfully Yours (souls). Thank You Jesus for the Victory.
In Jesus’ name, amen.
Betsy, The Lord has made you a great communicator as is evidenced by this report. About 2/3 through I had to stop reading and clear my eyes of the accumulated moisture (aka tears :). I still can’t read the fine print of the replies below. God is showing His love and caring for each and every human being. Thanks, also for notification of the Patriots Arise conference in Quarryville this weekend. Jesus has many involved in accomplishing The Father’s will for our Commonwealth and Nation. I pray for Holy Spirit fire to ratchet up many more believers to the level of effectiveness I witness in you.
Yes! Now is the time to prove where we stand. Sitting on the sidelines allows someone else to cancel our good intentions. Stand up! Be counted for Godliness, righteousness and truth. Use your voice, actions and fervent prayers to promote God’s kingdom here on earth. This is the time we were born for. God needs us NOW.
Praise God for this! The reward is for being ‘faithful’.
Lord, hear our prayers for this issue and for this, our nation. There are many, Father, who take up this banner. Please be merciful and grant to our country a spirit of repentance and a genuine spiritual revival such as we have not had in amny years. IN Jesus’ strong name. Amen
Thank you for those that stood for the lives of the pre-born children.
PRESS ON CHURCH! BE NOT
DISMAYED, THE WEAPONS OF OUR WARFARE ARE MIGHTY…
TAKING INTO CAPTIVITY EVERY THOUGHT THAT EXALTS ITSELF ABOVE THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD AND BRINGING IT INTO OBEDIENCE OF CHRIST
Thanks, ML! I needed this powerful reminder!
Praise God!!!!Thank you great move of God’s hands❤️🙏🙏🙏
PRAISE the Name of the LORD!!! For all that He is accomplishing through His faithful Children who have committed themselves to stand & fight the Good Fight of faith in Christ Jesus on behalf of the millions of babies lives killed in the evil name & agenda of [pro-choice]!
THANK YOU to every single person who has been a part of this dedication in serving the LORD through prayer; interceding fervently, fighting against the evils of our nation which represents a blood-thirstiness upon the most innocent & vulnerable, & all through the root evil of greed!
Our leaders who fight FOR the KILLING OF THE UNBORN, & ALL the people who demand such vile wickedness to KILL BABIES has flooded our streets throughout our nation with the blood from every life that has been sacrificed to Satan…we are an EVIL NATION because of such wickedness!!
So, THANK YOU TO ALL who have remained faithful in intercessory prayer…may the Good Lord Bless you greatly & give you Peace & Grace for your journey.
I am Praying that ALL abortion STOPS throughout the whole world.
That this should NEVER be again. EVER! Lord please put a hedge of protection around the people/officials fighting for the rights of the innocent. Cover us with your Blood and shield us from the enemy that wants to use the innocent blood as a sacrifice.
In Jesus name I Pray…
As a Pennsylvanian, and a pro life activist, this report overwhelms me with joy! Thank you to each one who went, worshiped, prayed and declared!
Lori, You opening my understanding on Ruth 4:14-17 gives wider perspective on and renewed dedication to restoration of God’s Kingdom in PA and USA, which this March exemplifies. I rejoice with you! /Mel
So thankful for this solidarity for Life. Praise Jesus!
Praise God! Holy Spirit, once again, took care of all the details and logistics as He always does. What an encouragement that this March For Life is!
Thank you all for everything that you are doing to save the lives of the voiceless. I pledge to pray every day for this MOST important cause and for this, the MOST important issue that each pro-abortionist WILL have to answer for to God Almighty sooner or later as Proverbs 6(v17) ,” God HATES THE SHEDDING OF INNOCENT BLOOD.” In Jesus’ Most Holy Name I pray this day for God to intervene in a mighty way to empower, protect,and bless all those that are on the frontlines in defense of the innocents. Amen.
Praise the Lord ‼️‼️
Yes, thank you Lord for the faithfulness of this group to pray for 50 years, and now to keep on praying for the state of PA and all the other states. Thank you Lord! Thank you! Hear their prayers and hear all of our prayers for the banning of abortion nationwide, state by state . Bless all the states with godly governors and godly government, so they can proclaim life for the unborn!! Change the hearts of the people to want life for the unborn!!
People, seemingly with out pause, will take the life of an ‘unborn’ creation of God and wail not….yet, let a child be murdered by gun and all wail for justice to be done!
Stop and compare…
The taking of a life is murder and at conception, a miracle of life begins….
Let’s pray for the eyes of the blind to be opened to this truth and ask God to forgive them because they didn’t know what they were doing, having been blinded by the lies and deception of the devil ” who roams about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour”.
God forgives us when we confess our sins and he helps us to forgive ourselves as well. He will restore all the years eaten by the locust….
Praise God for his love and forgiveness and healing, not only for ourselves, but this nation as well!!!!
All Glory All Honor &
All Praise to