“Now you, son of man, will you judge, will you judge the bloody city? Indeed, you shall show her all her abominations. Then say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: The city sheds blood in her midst, that her time may come, and makes idols against herself to defile herself.’ You have become guilty in your blood that you have shed and have defiled yourself with your idols, which you have made. In addition, you have caused your day to draw near and have come to your years. Therefore, I have made you a reproach to the nations and a mocking to all countries.” (Ezek. 22:2-4)
Let us pray for mercy for our people Israel during these Days of Awe.
An acrostic prayer for Yom Kippur:
For these, our sins, we ask you to forgive us, heal us and take away our shame:
ABORTION of our own children, often callously and thoughtlessly
Babies thrown away as trash, more than 40,000 each year
Children who are treated as un-human because they are un-born
Doctors who look for profit rather than protect life
Euphemisms that create false notions by calling murder "termination of pregnancy"
Fathers who abandon and reject their own children and deny responsibility
Guidance counselors who facilitate and expedite abortions for teen age students
Hospitals that kill our babies and throw them into waste bins or use their body parts
Idolatry done when we sacrifice our children to the gods of personal desire and prosperity
Judgments and legislation that have made abortion legal and government funded
Killing approximately 120 unborn babies every day throughout Israel
Lawlessness, which disregards God's law and does "whatever is right in our own eyes"
Marriages that end because of sin and lack of life-long commitments
Nurses who refuse to take a stand against abortion and facilitate murder
Objectification of the unborn considering them "objects" rather than human beings
Personhood and the right to LIFE, which is denied to the baby in the womb until birth
Quick and hasty decisions to abort rather than courageous decisions for life
Rabbis who agree to abortions for the sake of the mother's future
Soldiers and students who consider circumstances more valuable than children
Teachers and schools who refuse to teach purity and prolife values
Unthankful hearts that reject God's gift of LIFE and consider it worthless
Values that do not reflect God's commandments, but rather man's lusts and passions
Women who have become hard-hearted and reject their children and their God
Experiments done using body parts of unborn children
Youth who engage in sexual acts without any responsibility or guilty conscience.
Zion, a nation suffering from the sound of the innocent blood crying out from our Land.
For these, our sins, we ask you to forgive us, heal us and take away our shame.