What If Praying Isn't Enough?
Abortion - it is a word that makes us shudder with revulsion.
The infamous Planned Parenthood videos have revealed the atrocities of the abortion industry to be even worse than we realized, and our hearts are filled with deep sadness. The constant push for later-term abortions seems to never stop.
Making it a huge temptation to just scroll past. To not get involved and pretend it didn't happen.
We pacify ourselves by praying that God will end this living horror movie going on behind the scenes, in the places we never visit. And we wait for abortion to be voted out.
And in all of our praying, we forget something.
We forget that abortion isn't a legal issue, but a heart issue.
And I am not talking about the hearts of those that are getting routine abortions - or even the abortionists.
We have a heart issue. We are the idolaters. And our god is called "Ease".
He goes by many other names but the characteristics are always the same - he is the god of selfishness. And he is running wild and free in our churches and our lives. In my life.
I couldn't sleep one night so I started praying for God to end abortion in our country. And His answer stopped me in my tracks.
I do not have the right to pray against abortion and expect an answer unless I am willing to throw myself into the battle in some way.
There was once 3 men, a father, a son and a grandson. Each one had the chance to rule their country, but only one was successful.
The father prayed to God about everything he did, yet his people still lived wickedly. He neglected to turn his prayers and his good heart into live action.
The son threw away all pretext of righteousness, and worshiped every false god he heard about. He was so full of darkness he even sacrificed his own sons in the fire, in an effort to gain favor with the evil powers he gave himself over to.
The grandson came to the throne when he was 25 years old. Within the first year of his reign he opened the house of God for all people to worship at. He re-instituted all the holy days and the righteous laws of the land.
Soon he had inspired the people to smash down all the places of false worship his father had built. The nation started following God wholeheartedly.
Hezekiah could've stayed inside his palace and prayed for God to change the hearts of his people, but he didn't. He led the charge himself. He walked into the dirty mess of the temple and dealt with the rubble, the decay and the filth. He swept the dirt out of the temple and so cleared a way for the people to allow God to clean the idolatry out of their lives.
Friends, our actions are what make the difference. Our prayers are valuable and needed, but there is something we need to consider.
God isn't just looking for ladies with sore knees and a worn out spot in their carpet - He wants warrior-women with messy hands and broken hearts.
He wants us to engage the broken with His grace.
He wants us to speak out for those with no voice.
He wants us to quit hiding from the ugly and face it with HIS truth.
As a Mommy we might not be able to be as active as we were at one time. But Mommies can sign petitions, share our hearts on social media and help equip others to be out on the front lines.
If we are willing, God will show us the way!
Let's stop just praying for abortion to be abolished and start asking God to show us the part He has for us in the battle. And then prepare our hearts to follow where He leads!
p.s. You can read about Kings Jotham, Ahaz & Hezekiah in 2 Chronicles 27,28 &29.
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9/21/2016 05:30:15 pm
I think we have to remind ourselves to enter the mess almost daily. It is certainly not human nature! Thanks for stopping by, Jennifer!
9/21/2016 05:31:05 pm
Thanks so much, Carmen! You are always full of the sweetest encouragement!
9/21/2016 10:19:32 pm
Absolutely love your heart here, Stefani. Keep speaking up, boldly. 💗
9/24/2016 01:42:53 pm
Thanks, Katie! ?
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