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Pray for the End of Abortion

Today is the Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.  It also is 40th anniversary this week of the infamous Roe v. Wade that made abortion legal here in the United States.  Since that time countless millions of babies have been slaughtered in their own mother’s womb.  Nearly all of these murdered children were done so out of the greed and sin of their own mothers and the greed and sin of an industry that makes millions of dollars off their killing facilities.

What we are seeing in our nation is a shirt toward pro-life.  No doubt the language of pro-life simply is refreshing as compared to pro-choice.  Pro-choice sounds vicious.  It sounds as if you are pro-murder (which you are).  Pro-life sounds happy, appealing, and sounds like the heart of God because it is.  Life is precious to God since He created life (Genesis 1:26-28) and God called human life “very good” (Genesis 1:31).

Yet the fight to end abortion must go forth.  We must not be happy with research showing more people are today pro-life than ever before for the research also shows that most people still believe abortion should be legalized and allowed.  Americans are highly individual and believe that each person should be allowed to do what they like so long as they are not hurting another person.  Yet in this case, the mother is murdering her unborn human being child.  How is that not harming another person?  Abortion rights activist like to try to make an unborn baby not a human.  They deny that a baby in the womb has any rights and should be treated as property of the mother until she has the baby.  Ironically, in the United States a person can be charged with double murder if they murder a woman who is also pregnant.  So on the one hand the courts see a baby as not a child when it comes to abortion but a child when it comes to murdering of the pregnant woman.

What the Church needs to do is to continue to preach against our human narcissism.  We all want our flesh fulfilled.  This leads to all kinds of sins and all kinds of divine laws being broken.  After all, it was desire that gives birth to sin in the first place (Genesis 3:6; James 1:12-15).  Women want to have sex and they want to have sex without constraints of any kinds especially an “unwanted” pregnancy.  Our culture is bent on self-pleasure while ignoring the effects of our choices.  God designed sex to be between one man and one woman in marriage (Hebrews 13:4).  Marriage is the proper place for sex and for pro-creation (Genesis 1:28).  In marriage and in marriage alone does a man and woman feel the weight of sin at our nakedness come off (Genesis 2:25).  Not so with sex outside of marriage which often carries pleasure but much guilt.  Pornography does not satisfy as marriage does since pornography is an illusion to the real thing that God intended in marriage.  The Church needs to preach and practice biblical marriages (Ephesians 5:22-33).  Marriage, in a biblical context with Jesus as Lord, is wonderful!  I know first hand from that fact!

Lastly, the Church must continue to preach salvation through Christ.  Only when men and women are born again do they seek holiness and to live godly lives in this present evil age (Titus 2:11-14).  The message of salvation is what will turn our nation (John 3:3).  Salvation is the greatest work of the Church (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:18-21).  Our passion should be to preach salvation to every person praying for the Spirit to open their eyes to their sinfulness and then (and only then) we will see a radical transformation in our culture.  The United States is a culture of death.  We can only change that through preaching the gospel.  The end of abortion will not occur simply because we elect a pro-life President or a pro-life Congress but it must happen with the preaching of the gospel that sets sinners free.  This will see abortion doctors and abortion nurses and abortion advocates and women who have experienced abortions turning away from their sins to the forgiveness that only comes in Christ Jesus (Acts 13:38-39).  There is hope that our God will move in power and turn our nation from sin toward the truth of Christ.

Let us pray that abortion will end and that God will be glorified through the protection of all human life.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

01/20/2013 at 10:18 AM

Our Lack of Faith Shows in our Lack of Prayer

I was listening online to a sermon by a church and the pastor was speaking about the various programs the church was planning as they moved forward into the new year.  Programs were going to abound for this church in the new year and this was seen as the church moving forward and out of their stagnation.  Yet I was wondering as I listened to this man, “Where is the praying?  Where is the anguish for souls?  Where are the calls for intercession for the nations?”

Sadly, this church reflects most evangelical churches today.  The prayer meeting is the cinderella of the church.  As Leonard Ravenhill use to say, “The prayer meeting is often the unspoken sister.  She is tucked away in the tower where no where sees her and where no one worries about her.  She is ignored, forgotten, and abandoned.”  Ravenhill also use to say, “Call for a meal and people will show up.  Call for prayer and few will show up.”  It has been said that Sunday morning shows how much you enjoy church.  Sunday night shows how much you enjoy the preacher.  The prayer meeting, however, shows how much you love God.

I too have often said that I can usually figure out a person based on their prayer life.  I can remember in college how some guys would want to debate with me over my Arminianism and I would often reply, “First, come and pray with me in my dorm room for a couple of hours and then we can talk theology.”  None ever did.  It was far easier to sit around and debate about God than to actually seek Him.  It was easier to read John Calvin or Arminius than to actually get on your face before the Lord and cry out to Him.  I would rather pray any day than to debate theology.  I love theology because I love Jesus and who He is but I love to put my theology into practice and pray (James 2:14-26).

I believe that the modern Church lives far below where she should be.  Few pray.  Few believe in God.  We believe that He exists. We believe much of the Bible.  But we show our lack of faith because we don’t pray.  We don’t seek God’s face.  We are busy with other things from sports to family life to programs at the church.  We don’t seek Jesus.  We know that the Scriptures exhort us to pray but we don’t.  We don’t believe the Word of God.  If we did believe the Word of God, we would pray as it commands us to (1 Samuel 12:23).  We wouldn’t neglect prayer because we would believe that the very God who created all things will hear our cries and answer us when we call to Him (John 14:12-14).

In Hebrews 11 we read the great hall of faith.  We read about the great servants of God who were faithful to God despite living under the old covenant.  Over and over again we read that their faith in God produced results.  They put their faith into action.  In fact, nearly all the great saints of God listed in Hebrews 11 are often remembered not for their great theological minds but their faith being put into action.  Their faith in God produced actual results.  Does ours?  Do we seek God as if what He said in His Word is actually true?  Do we seek God believing Ephesians 3:20-21?  Do we seek God believing James 5:13-16?  Do we believe Mark 11:22-24?  Do we really believe that our faith in Jesus is the something better that Hebrews 11:40?

I do want to seek God.  I am thankful for God’s grace that saves me (Ephesians 2:5) but I want His grace to help me become more like Jesus including seeking the Father in prayer.  Jesus sought God (Luke 11:1).  Jesus demonstrated faith in God (Hebrews 5:8-9).  Jesus taught us how to pray (Matthew 6:9-13).  Jesus even said that we were to always pray and not lose heart (Luke 18:1).  Even on the cross, Jesus prayed (Luke 23:46).  So if Jesus sought God like this, shouldn’t we?  He is our perfect example and we are to follow His lead (1 John 2:6).

So I urge you to seek God.  Don’t waste your time on things that won’t last.  Don’t be foolish and think that you can spiritually survive without prayer.  Don’t be unbelieving but believe the Word of God and seek God.  Prayer demonstrates our faith like nothing else.  So do you believe?

Written by The Seeking Disciple

01/07/2012 at 10:00 AM

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