In all sincerity more often than I would like to admit, I find myself being impatient, fretful and in doubt about seeing abortion end. The sidewalk can be challenging and discouraging. Some days in my impatience I think, “God why doesn’t this place just shut down?” Other times I feel so much doubt and I think, “This fight will never end.”
I share this because I am sure that you also have felt impatient, fretful and doubtful about many things. The road to victory sometimes seems so long but, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope…”
(1 Peter 1:3) This living hope encourages us to continue to persevere.
While you are in prayer, not only on the sidewalk, but in your quiet times talking to God, let all that you feel turn into renewed patience, trust and belief in the God of impossibilities. Romans 12:12 says, “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”
It’s these verses that remind us that we can continue in this life and overcome all of its hardships while still being filled with joy and peace. I pray that God would give you the spirit of thanksgiving as you find yourself in deep waters. Let His praise be ever on your lips. I ask that He give you a child-like faith to believe and trust in Him completely. That if any anxiousness and doubt want to fill your heart and mind, I pray His precious blood will cover you and remove all that does not come from Him and instead fill you with peace and reassurance.
Not only should you pray for all who are affected by abortion, but let your time on the sidewalk be an opportunity that you give the Holy Spirit to fill you with his presence, as you empty yourself before him, so that it be only Him that consumes you.
Continue to meditate on His word, “for everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.” (Romans 15:4)
Intention: We pray for the conversion of abortionists and all abortion advocates.