I read John 17 this morning. This chapter is known as Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer. He prays for Himself, for His disciples, and for those who would believe in Him through the disciples’ fulfilling of the Great Commission. It is a marvelous prayer. Jesus had just explained to His disciples that He has “overcome the world” (John 16:33), and now He prays for them as they are to be left in the world while He returns to the Father.
Jesus prayed, a lot. This may seem strange at first glance since Jesus is God; but He was also fully man and lived a life of faithful obedience to the Father. He relied on prayer. We often read about Him slipping away from the crowds to find a quiet place to pray. Luke 5:16 tells us, “He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed” (NKJV). Luke 6:12 tells us Jesus went out to a mountainside and spent all night in prayer. Children were brought to Jesus, so He could pray over them (Matthew 19:13). And sometimes He prayed with others (Luke 9:28).
If we are to be like Jesus, molded and conformed to His image, then we must be people of prayer as well. We must seek an ever-deepening relationship with the Father through prayer, that we might be able to live more faithfully for Him. This is something I strive for, but it has never come naturally to me. It is a discipline, and that is okay.
Scripture provides a few clear and simple reasons to pray:
1. God tells us to pray.1
2. We should follow Jesus’ example.2
3. Prayer keeps us from falling into temptation.3
4. God answers prayer.4
Of course, Scripture gives us many other reasons to pray as well.
This list was not meant to be exhaustive. That being said, I want to sit on that last one for just a moment. We are asked all the time how people can pray for us at Human Coalition. Our first response is usually to pray for our clients. These women and men are often faced with incredibly difficult circumstances and adding a child to the mix will often complicate their life further. That being said, we are asking them to do just that, choose life for their child. But we don’t ask them to do that in a vacuum. We offer a myriad of services in our clinic and in the community through our Continuum of Care. We provide immediate services during the crisis, like help with insurance, financial support, housing, and much more. But we also work with local churches, training mentors who will walk with these women and their families throughout their pregnancy and beyond, helping them ultimately by inviting them into their church community, sharing Jesus with them, and discipling them over a period of time. This piece is critical if we are to make abortion unthinkable and unavailable in America in our lifetime.
So, I ask you to join me in praying for Human Coalition by thinking in terms of three categories:
Women: Pray for the women who discover they are pregnant and make plans to abort. Pray we will be able to reach them in time. Pray they will be responsive, slow down, and listen well. Ask the Lord to give them a love for their child and be able to see beyond their crisis. Pray they have hope! Also pray for their families, that they would be supportive, even encouraging, of the choice for life.
Church: Abortion in America will end when the Church decides it should end – and not until then. The Church in America has not made this decision yet. Please pray that pastors would gain clarity on the issue and be bold to speak out about it with grace and compassion. Pray they would encourage those in their congregations to be involved in the fight to end abortion. Pray they would speak up, pray, give, and get involved in Human Coalition’s Continuum of Care or other programs like it, so that those considering an abortion would have a seamless transition into the Church.
Human Coalition Team: Pray for our team, particularly those on the phones and in the clinics. They are on the front lines of this fight every day. They often feel tired and emotionally beat up, and they need to be refreshed. Pray they would find the space, as Jesus did, to pull away and be intimate with the Father. Pray for protection for our families, that they would be strong and healthy. And pray for clarity and wisdom as we grow and seek to rescue more children and serve more families.
I cannot thank you enough for joining us in prayer. We believe this is God’s work and we are just His instruments to further His kingdom. We cannot do what we do without Him – or you. Those who faithfully join us in this work through prayer, volunteering, giving, promoting and so many other ways are just as critical to our mission as those who are employed. We could not do this without you, and we are grateful for you.
May the Lord bless you for your faithfulness in building His kingdom.
1. Matthew 5:44; Romans 12:12; Ephesians 6:18; Philippians 4:6; Thessalonians 5:17
2. John 17; Luke 5:16; Luke 6:12; Matthew 19:13; Luke 9:28
3. Matthew 26:41
4. Ephesians 6:18-20; 1 Timothy 2:1
In a spirit of unity, I think it is counterproductive to try to tell others how they should pray. It would be more productive for each of us to pray based on our personal beliefs and leave the results to God. The fact that Abortion is wrong is a position… Read more »
Psalm 127:3-5 – “Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed… Read more »
ALL of the good is from/to God. Advocate for the END of Abortion, right now. One thing at a time. Not try to fuse religious teaching, it takes away. Be spiritual, not force religion. I have read the Bible 18(and counting)times it is contradictory to say Jesus is God. There… Read more »
I would like to read those versus. What is the address for those versus that say that Jesus is not God?
I’m not sure if that last comment showed up because the page restarted but what i was hoping to ask you was what is the address of those versus that say that Jesus is not God?
The Catholic Church has always been against abortion. The protestants used to be but got swayed by sin. Pray for them.
Thank you for this message! God bless you
Great article! Shared to Facebook.
Thank you for sharing the article. Please pray with as as well.
Thank you so much for sharing how we can make a difference with prayer. As Christians, we don’t pray enough and until now I really didn’t think to pray specifically for the Human Coalition and the wonderful work that they do, because without prayer there would be no-one helping these… Read more »
Thank you, Alice. I could not agree more. We do not pray enough.
ANY PASTOR WHO CAN’T SEE ABORTION IS A SACRIFICE TO satan, OR IS MURDER-IS NOT A CHRISTIAN!!!!!
We all sin Rapture Angel. Its not up to us to judge. In John 5:22 it clearly states that all power of judgement was given to Jesus who is also God. John 1:1 states that In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word… Read more »
I have said many times that I thought that God would bless us more and totally if there were no abortions in the world. I feel that killing babies is the worst thing that could ever happen. I don’t understand how anybody could do this when there is so much… Read more »
Thank you for the specific prayer requests so we can join you in prayer more effectively.
Thank you for praying
At the wedding feast of Cana, Jesus performed His first miracle, turning water into wine, which He did at the request of his Mother, Mary. We can also call upon Mary and ask her to ask her Son, Jesus to perform a miracle – to end abortion. We can also… Read more »
Liz Dorner I would like to bring up the verses Romans 8:26 and John 14:6. Both of these versus specifically state that to have anyone else to intercede for us in prayer is blasphemy. Mary was only a human being and she knew it too. God simply used Mary to… Read more »
Wonderful! Thank you for these great reminders and instructions. I will share.