I am always amazed at the power of prayer, especially as evidenced by our state’s decision to cancel the Medicaid contract made with Planned Parenthood this week in the midst of this campaign. Prayer always paves the way, because it joins our hearts with God’s plans for His world. When we align our will with His will for us, powerful things like this happen!
In the stillness of my hour, God reminded me of the magnitude of this issue. It extends far beyond merely preserving the sanctity of life for the unborn. It addresses the very topic of life itself. Jesus said in John 10:10 that He came so that we may life and have it in abundance. The fullness of life only comes when we place our confidence in Him and begin to join our hearts to His in order to grow in His character. The life that Jesus offers us in abundance is realized fully in heaven, but comes as we choose life each day. Choosing life means following Jesus in how we spend time, growing in His character, and putting all that He taught into practice in our lives.
The forty-day prayer campaign focuses upon standing for the unborn. Abortion however, is only a symptom of a much greater problem: that of forgoing the choice life in a much broader sense. Due to our sinful nature, we often default to operate in our will, desires, and passions instead of the fullness of life Jesus offers us. When we do so, we leave ourselves vulnerable for the enemy to steal, kill, and destroy, as Jesus also reminds in John 10:10. When we choose to operate on our own, the enemy steals our time in so many ways, kills relationships, and destroys our future, hopes, and many other aspects of our lives. When we do not tether our hearts to the only One who can protect, preserve, and prospers us, much is lost.
I am reminded during these days of prayer to pray into this for my own life, the life of our church, and our nation. God desires we come to have life in abundance in Jesus. He wants us to have life in abundance today and every day. Yet, as in all things, due to the freedom of choice He gave us, that remains in our hands. When we choose to live in Him and spend time with Him, we discover so much more peace. We have eyes that are opened to see His hand at work and we discover the joy He purposed for us to experience.
One question we may ask of ourselves is; Where could I more fully choose life? In my schedule? In my activities? In my thoughts or words? It is my prayer that as we reflect upon this question, we would come to more fully choose life by operating in God’s will for us. In so doing we will see incredible things, such as the victory in our state this week, becoming a regular reality!