How to Pray to End Abortion: Uniting the Church in Prayer to God Through Jesus

A topic central to ending abortion, and so high on the priority list of pro-life activities, is praying to end abortion. In this series of articles, I want to talk more specifically about how exactly we do that.

We are often asked to pray for an end of abortion, and I certainly hope it’s already a key intention in your daily prayers. But there’s a structure to how we pray about abortion. Of course, there’s a structure to how we pray as Christians to begin with: we pray to the Father through the Son in the Holy Spirit in the holy church. We pray as the body of Christ.

Of course, we pray directly to Jesus also, and directly to the Holy Spirit. Many, though not all, Christians pray for the intercession of Mary and the angels and the saints. But the basic structure of Christian prayer, as Jesus taught us the model for all prayer, the Our Father, is a prayer to the Father through the Son — that is, we recognize that Jesus is the only way to the Father, and that he has opened up that way by giving us the eternal redemption in his shed blood and in his resurrection, and through our baptism, and through our incorporation to his body. That is indeed how and why, having been filled with the spirit, we dare to call God our Father.

But in that overall framework of Christian prayer, we often pray for a specific intention. When we do, especially for an intention as big as ending abortion…


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