It impacts parents, grandparents and siblings who will never know the child. It also alters the future, as the child will never be able to leave a mark on the world … or have children or grandchildren.
It would seem that abortion should be unthinkable.
No woman grows up wanting to have an abortion. But women are often pressured ... and told it’s the best way out of a bad situation.
The woman may be single and afraid. She may have no income. But the baby is not the problem; the problem is the bad situation.
Today, we hear about two young women. One found strength to overcome that worldly pressure. Please pray that the other may do likewise.
“Please pray for divine intervention and that the walls of fear will come tumbling down,” Lisa requested. “Give this family strength, dear Lord, to carry this pregnancy to term.”
The young woman then shared her story. She was in this hospital’s waiting room ... when she was 16 years old and pregnant. Her mother and other family members were pressuring her to have an abortion, to “get rid of the baby.”
May we have a heart and a zeal to save the poor and release the oppressed.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.
— Luke 4:18-19
This passage is a very familiar one. It has been preached on many occasions, even made popular in books and songs. Though the quote is about Jesus, all Christians take this commission seriously as a directive on how to reach the world with the gospel.
We, like our Savior, are to bring the good news to the poor, the brokenhearted, those in captivity, those who cannot see, and the oppressed.
The commission given to us in this passage is clearly a charge to care for those for whom God cares the most. I wonder though, whom do we look for to be touched by the Holy Spirit as we go out into the world?
Who are the poor, if not those unborn children who have been abandoned by their parents before they ever leave the womb?
Who are the brokenhearted, if not those unborn children whose only example of love is having their mother take them to an abortion clinic to be destroyed, or the mother of a child who has been deceived by everyone around her into believing that what she is doing is best for her and her child?
Who are the captives, if not those unborn children who are bound over to death by the "choice" of abortion?
Who is more blind than an unborn child in the darkness of a womb that has become a waiting room for their death?
And who is more oppressed than those unborn children whose oppression has been legitimized by their government, their church and even their family and loved ones?
Lord, You empower us with Your Spirit to do your will in the earth. Send us to the poorest, the most broken, the most captive, the most blind and the most oppressed in the world, the innocent pre-born children in their mother's wombs that are scheduled for destruction. Help us to bring them healing, liberty, sight and justice through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
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