Non-profits Summer Prayer Journey – Sav-a-Life Vestavia

Today we are praying for probably one of the best-known ministries in our community, and once again the timing couldn’t be more appropriate. In light of the unwanted extra attention the abortion industry is suddenly getting across the nation, we must be interceding for the ministries and individuals who have committed their lives to speaking up for and defending the unborn, and join our voices with theirs in truth and compassion to see that justice is accomplished not only for the babies, but also for the women who have been manipulated and deceived into making tragic choices.

Sav-a-Life was founded in 1980 by Wales Goebel, as he began to recognize women and men facing unplanned pregnancies needed help and support instead of condemnation. Sav-a-Life is a life-affirming pregnancy care center offering positive alternatives to women, men, and families facing an unplanned pregnancy. Thousands of babies and families have been saved physically and spiritually since 1980. They offer free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, abortion information, classes, and material assistance as just some of the services to empower men and women to choose life. Something I didn’t know until visiting their website was all the different classes they offer. In addition to childbirth and parenting classes, they how-to-read-to-your-child classes, fatherhood classes, grief recovery for those who have experienced a miscarriage, and abortion recovery. Lisa Hogan is the executive director.

Hebrews 13:20-21 – “Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.”

Lord God, we praise You as the God of peace, for by Your Sovereign plan You took us while we were yet enemies and reconciled us to You through Your Son. You are good and gracious, holy and just. We stand in awe of You, God. You are the One who creates life. Psalm 139 says that you formed our inward parts and had all our days written in Your book before there was one of them. Thank You, Father, for the amazing gift of life.

We pray that Your peace would surround Lisa Hogan (executive director) and the administrative staff, the nursing staff and the mentor-educate-support staff, and all of their volunteers. They truly are standing in the gap between life and death for the most vulnerable among us, and even for entire families and generations. I can only imagine some of the heartache they see on a regular basis. We also pray that You would equip them in every good thing to minister to the men, women, and families who come to them for help. Let Your Spirit be in them and flowing out of them, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. (Is. 11:2) We ask that You would continue to provide the financial and material resources they need to serve their clients. We pray that the Church would rise up and boldly stand for LIFE by partnering with ministries like Sav-a-Life. Father, even as the staff and volunteers work and serve in this extremely important ministry, we pray that You would also be working in them that which is pleasing in Your sight.

Good and gracious heavenly Father, we also lift up all of those who Sav-a-Life serves from all sorts of circumstances and all walks of life. May the peace of God rule in their hearts and minds. Protect them from the lies, fear, and manipulation that bombard them from the culture of death we live in, as well as those from the enemy of their soul, who has come to steal, kill, and destroy. Lord, John 10:10 also says, that You came that we may have life, and to have life abundantly. We pray that every unborn baby carried into this ministry in their mothers’ wombs would experience the abundant life You have ordained for them – physically, but most of all spiritually. We pray that You would equip the moms and dads to do your will as it concerns their children and themselves.

Equip churches to be places of unconditional love and grace toward these individuals who are hurting and scared, instead of places that shame them. I loved what one of the blogs I read said about pregnancy out of wedlock. (I’m sorry I can’t link to it, but I can’t remember where I found it at.) It said, “Premarital sex is a sin. The baby it may produce is not. The baby is a gift that proves God’s grace is greater than all my sin.” Lord, forgive us for being judgmental and unloving toward those who need our love and compassion the most. God of peace, “equip us in every good thing to do Your will, working in us that which is pleasing in Your sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.” (the verse we started with, Hebrews 13:21)

How is the Lord leading you to pray for this vital ministry and its clients? Please share in the comments below!

Praying for Vestavia Hills

www.vhal.org

Located in Jefferson and Shelby Counties

Mayor Alberto C. Zaragoza, Jr.

Named for the 20-acre estate of former Birmingham mayor George B. Ward

  • Mansion was completed in 1925
  • Patterned after the Temple of Vesta in Rome
  • Had a gazebo patterned after the Temple of Sybil in Tivoli
  • After his death, the mansion was purchased by Vestavia Baptist Church; the gazebo was moved to a spot on the Red Mountain Expressway, overlooking Birmingham.

Estate was developed into a residential suburb in 1946 on the southern flank of Shades Mountain

Incorporated as a city on Nov. 8, 1950

Vestavia Hills’ school system is one of the best in the state

Psalm 121 has been on my mind a lot for a while now, and because of the first verse, it seems appropriate to use for this city.
Psalm 121 – “I will lift up my eyes to the hills; from where shall my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade on your right hand. The sun will not smite you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul. The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forever.”

Lord God, thank You for being our constant help. You reign on high, and You are the Creator of heaven and earth. How is it that we doubt Your power and strength to come to our aid? You are our source of strength and our help. All of our hope is in You.

Today we lift up the City of Vestavia Hills to You, and we declare that You are the One True God over Vestavia Hills. You have established this city according to Your good pleasure and will, and we pray that You would continue to keep this city. Protect the city and its inhabitants from evil. We pray for protection over every person as they enter the city, and for every person who exits the city. We pray that You would establish the steps of the righteous in this city, and bring down the wicked so that they might be undone to the point of repentance and putting their trust in You as their Savior and Lord. May Salvation come to every home in Vestavia Hills.

We pray for Mayor Alberto Zarogoza. Thank You, Lord, for his many years of service to this city in different capacities. We pray that he would keep his eyes on You, acknowledging Your hand in all matters pertaining to his city and his life. We pray that You would keep Mayor Zarogoza, and all those who help lead and serve this city, from evil and harm. Lead them in the way of salvation for Your name’s sake. Grant them humility, wisdom, provision, and discernment to lead well. We pray for the unity of the Holy Spirit to reside in every meeting, and give them grace to work together in one accord.

Heavenly Father, I also pray that You would raise up the intercessors from this city to stand as “watchmen on the walls” not only over their great city of Vestavia Hills, but also over the city of Birmingham and other surrounding municipalities and communities. I pray that the churches in this city would be able to establish a vibrant, dynamic culture of prayer in their midst, which in turn would help ignite the Body of Christ throughout Vestavia and the metro-Birmingham area. (I know this is a weird thing to pray in this context of praying for a city, but I have this picture of people in that gazebo on Red Mountain praying over their city and over Birmingham/Homewood. Wouldn’t that be SO cool to do??)

We pray all of this to the God who never slumbers or sleeps, and who watches over all that we do. Selah.

Most of us are very familiar with Vestavia Hills, I’m thinking. What do you want to ask the Lord for on behalf of this city?