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For the last month, many people across America have been praying for abortion Yes, you read this correctly. Planned Parenthood, through its Three Rivers affiliate in California, launched a 40-day campaign, March 18 through April 27, asking people to pray for the nation’s abortion providers and their clients. That’s like Jesse James asking for prayer for his bank robberies or Bernie Madoff praying about some new suckers to rip off.
The brain thrust behind this shameless publicity stunt was Faith Aloud, which is run by, among others, the infamous late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart. It bills itself as “a pro-choice religious organization which seeks to eliminate the stigma associated with abortion and sexuality, and to provide support to both women and providers.”
The campaign ended Friday, so I called Faith Aloud to find out about the results of that effort. The woman on the other end of the phone was speechless. “What do you mean by ‘results’?” she asked.
Prayer changes things. Any true believer is aware of that. Books have been written and movies made of modern-day miracles that are the result of the sincere, fervent prayers of the saints, but you need go no further than the Bible, God’s revealed word to mankind. It’s full of examples.
The 40 Days of Life, which ended a few weeks earlier, and appears to be the blueprint for Faith Aloud’s nugatory campaign, reports that at least 668 babies are known to have been spared from abortion during its prayer vigil. Reports are still coming in from local teams around the world. So, what about those results from Faith Aloud? “What can you report?” I pressed.
She thought for a moment and then said, “Our message is just supposed to be supportive. We don’t look for statistics.” Oh!
Here is the harsh reality: In 2008 (most recent data available) approximate 1.2 million babies were killed by abortion. Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, reports that first-trimester, in-clinic abortions cost between $300 and $950. That means the average cost is around $650 for a first-trimester abortion. However, approximately 10 percent of abortions are late-term, and the costs increase dramatically.
As you can see, abortion is well over a billion dollar a year industry.
For all the emphasis on prayer, Faith Aloud is short on Scripture. One reference on its blog is to a passage on speaking in tongues in 1 Corinthians 14:15: “If I pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also.” The blog’s author asserts that this proves “God trusts us to make moral decisions and impart our needs and desires to him through prayer.” In other words, set our own standards. Oh, really?
In John 14:23, Jesus says, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love Him and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.” There are similar statements in John 14:15 and John 15:10. As for answered prayer, Jesus was specific: “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish and it shall be done for you.”
What did Jesus ask us to do? Give, forgive, deny yourself, resist temptation and to love as He loved.
In 1994, at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., Mother Teresa spelled it out for President Bill Clinton and the others in attendance: “Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.”
God gave us a set of Ten Commandments that are non-negotiable. Among them: “Thou shall not murder.” Murder is taking the life of an innocent human being. We now know that every abortion kills a child with a beating heart and brain waves.
Abortion proponents like to refer to a child in the womb as “a developing human being.” They fool no one. That term applies to each and every one of us.
The purpose of prayer is not to get God to do our bidding but to conform our will to His.
Faith Aloud was created for one purpose: to try to ease the consciences of people of faith who are looking for an easy way out of their unplanned pregnancies and those who profit from those bad decisions.
In my years of working with women (Christian and non-Christian) who have had abortions, I learned they fall into one of two categories: those who regret their decisions and those who will.
God will forgive any sin we earnestly confess. Unfortunately, the pain from those decisions remains.