Prayer is one of the most powerful weapons God has given us to communicate with him and now it has never been more important for God’s people to pray. Our ability to pray needs to be used at its fullest potential. With the influential power of news, social media, and leaders sharing their thoughts and beliefs publicly, a tremendous amount of confusion and fear has been spread into millions of lives. Confusion and fear do not come from God and must be cast down. It’s important to remember that we do not fight with flesh and blood but we fight against principalities, powers, and rulers in the spiritual world. Therefore, we must pray for each leader influencing abortion, every person contemplating abortion, and every pro-choice advocate. As followers of Christ, it’s our duty to spread and show them the hope, love, and wisdom of God. It’s commanded in John 13:34-35 that we love one another. We must demonstrate the love of God that Jesus demonstrated, pray without ceasing, pray with faith, and act in love.
“ So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 1:34-35
A great example of Gods mighty power through prayer is in the testimony of former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino. He performed nearly 1,200 first- and second-trimester abortions, but immediately stopped after tragically losing his 6-year old daughter made him realize he was killing other people’s sons and daughters. Feeling such pain, regret, and heartache, Levatino and his wife joined a prolife evangelical church, where they found Jesus.
One day, the pastor reminded him how God uses people to pray for us to lead us into Gods light and turn from our sinful ways. Levatino immediately remembered a woman who for seven years delivered a “Jesus loves you” message to him while he was still doing abortions. He sought her and thanked her for those messages, telling her about his change. The woman, glad to hear this news, mentioned she used to picket his office, praying for him and never gave up. The power of God and the woman’s endurance showed Dr. Levatino how changes in our lives can be influenced by small daily actions of others. Dr. Levatinow is now an outspoken prolife advocate.
Dr. Bernard Nathanson is another great example of how God changes the hearts of people and uses them to make a difference. Dr. Nathanson was a campaigner for abortion rights and cofounder of what is now the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL). He owned and operated the largest abortion clinic (at the time) in the western hemisphere and was involved in over sixty thousand abortions. It wasn’t until he saw images made available by the new technologies in fetoscopy and ultrasound to observe the unborn child in the womb that he grew with unease. He came to the conclusion that he had been making horrible mistakes. Stating, “I am deeply troubled by my own increasing certainty that I had in fact presided over 60,000 deaths”
“For the first time, I could really see the human fetus, measure it, observe it, watch it, and indeed bond with it and love it,” – Dr. Bernard Nathanson
Written in his book, The Hand of God: A Journey from Death to Life by the Abortion Doctor Who Changed His Mind
After helping a patient suffering from cancer receive an abortion, Dr. Nathanson could no longer partake in grave actions. He immediately embarked on a new career lecturing and writing against abortion. Doing whatever it took to change the perceptions of abortions and influence a movement to put an end to it.
While we should not stop our efforts to change people’s minds and hearts and advocate for unborn children, let’s not forget to pray in faith, believing our prayers are making a difference. As demonstrated in the stories above, God will often show us how He has used those prayers in powerful ways, even in the times when they seemed unheard.