Will You Sigh and Cry?

The Lord has been laying on my heart the atrocity of abortion in our nation and a means every Christian has at his disposal to combat this injustice. The shedding of innocent blood is a matter of grave concern to a just and holy God. “And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood” (Psalms 106:38). Since the legalization of abortion in our country in 1973, it is estimated that over fifty million babies have been killed. We have to face the fact that our land has been polluted by innocent blood that has passed down the drains in the abortion clinics around our country. From those drains, it has gone through water treatment plants, into the rivers of our country, and then back into our fresh water supply.

I expect most reading this article are like I am, and you hate abortion. You have voted to get people into office who will stand in the legislatures of our land against abortion. You probably give financially to groups that offer alternatives to abortion and seek to counsel away from abortion those who would consider it. Maybe you have stood on a street corner with other Christians carrying a sign crying out against abortion. There may be other ways you are involved in combatting abortion in our nation. I think those are all wonderful and necessary things for us to be doing to fight abortion.

I wonder, though, if we are using the most powerful and yet the simplest tool that we have available to every one of us to stop abortion. Let’s go back to the Old Testament and look at Israel when they were in bondage in Egypt. What did Israel do when they had a great need? They cried out to the Lord!

Recently as I read Exodus Chapter 2, I was particularly struck by the way that God’s people cried out to the Lord and then His response to them. “And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage. And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them” (Exodus 2:23-25). Did you catch that? God heard their groaning. Even though it was their sin that had caused the Israelites to be in bondage, when they cried out to God, He heard their prayer.

This verse, plus my intense desire to see abortion stopped in the United States, caused me to begin to alter my praying. I decided to ask the Lord to stop the shedding of innocent blood by abortion in America. I’ve purposed to include this cry every time I pray, whether it’s asking God’s blessing on a meal, praying for someone else’s need, or in personal and family prayer times. I’m pleading with the Lord to move those in control of our government to outlaw abortion and to move in the hearts of those women carrying babies on behalf of their unborn children. It’s taken me some time to develop this new habit, but it has been worth working at, and I am committed to it.

I prayed against abortion each time I prayed before or after a session during our recent speaking trip. After one of the sessions, two ladies came right up and said they were so amazed to hear someone praying about abortion. The first one had just done a live interview telling her story of recovery from having had an abortion and the emotional and spiritual trauma she had experienced as a result of the abortion. The other was the daughter of a man who has given his life to fight abortion particularly in Georgia.

What would happen if every Christian in our nation began to cry out to the Lord for Him to stop abortion? I think God wants Christians who will sigh and cry for the abominations in our land. “And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof” (Ezekiel 9:4). Do you know in Ezekiel’s vision what happened after God set the marks on those people? They were the people who were to be spared when God was killing those who participated in the abominations or ignored them. When Ezekiel cried out for mercy from the slaughter, God told him, “. . . The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of perverseness: for they say, The LORD hath forsaken the earth, and the LORD seeth not” (Ezekiel 9:9).

Certainly abortion is an abomination that is in the midst of the United States. Sadly many people don’t think there will be any kind of judgment from God for the innocent blood that is shed. Will we be those who sigh and cry for the abomination of abortion in our land?

What would God do if we all began praying for Him to put an end to abortion? What if we didn’t pray those prayers only on the National Sanctity of Human Life Day, but what if we prayed them every day? What if we didn’t pray them just once every day, but what if we prayed them every single time we prayed? Maybe if Christians would flood our Lord with prayers about abortion, He would be moved to have respect on us just like He did for the Israelites in Egypt.

I am asking others to catch this vision to include abortion in every prayer you pray. Then ask others to pray as well. May God’s people appeal to our authority, the Lord Jesus Christ, that He would act and stop abortion. Would you and your family join us?

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