The previous blog article asked the general question, “How does prayer of supplication work?” Now I want to narrow it down a bit, and consider a very specific prayer of supplication: the earnest prayer that our government stop sponsoring the abortion holocaust.
For nearly four decades now, pro-life Christians in the U.S. have been beseeching God to deliver their nation from the legalized slaughter of innocent human babies. I’d really like to give this a positive spin, as so many do. But the plain fact is that these prayers have not yet been answered. In fact, it seems as if the longer we pray, the worse it gets.
Consider where we were 40 years ago. In 1973, the majority of people, voters and politicians alike, were shocked and angered at the Roe v. Wade decision that decriminalized abortion. But in the years following, the shock wore off and people learned to accept it as an established fact. Soon thereafter it was embraced by political ‘liberals’ as a right, and tax monies were allocated to securing this right for poor women. More tax money was allocated for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers and abortion advocacy groups.
This development – the public funding for abortion – has been in many ways more damning than Roe v. Wade, because it has made every U.S. taxpayer complicit in the crime.
To those few of you who have been willing to read this far: please re-read that last sentence, and consider its ramifications – the moral and spiritual ramifications.
Returning to the theme of petitionary prayer: Is the willingness to be moved by one’s own prayer an important factor? Let me frame that as a negative question: If the believer is not moved by his own prayer of supplication, can the prayer itself be very real? Can one honestly expect God to be moved by such prayer? What if the believer is actively participating in an activity that contradicts his own prayer? Let me be specific: If we pray for our government to stop funding the abortion juggernaut, ought we to keep willingly funding it ourselves?
A pro-life tax strike is not primarily about forcing our government to do the right thing. It is first and foremost about doing the right thing ourselves. It is about purifying our prayers.
I have no idea whether a pro-life tax strike would have its desired effect, and reverse Roe v. Wade. But that’s not the main point. This thing is way bigger than any of us, and it will take an act of God to turn it around. That’s where our earnest prayers of petition come in. We must beg God to work a miracle of grace, to do what we cannot do on our own.
God will remain true to His own righteous nature. In order for Him to hear our prayers, those prayers must be earnest and honest, and we must be willing to be affected. At a minimum, we must cease our willing funding of abortion. A pro-life tax strike is not primarily about forcing our culture and our government to do the right thing. It is first and foremost about doing the right thing ourselves. It is about purifying our prayers, allowing the Spirit to move us as we pray, thus unleashing the power of the Spirit to work a miracle of grace, both in us and in our world.
Ref: "Purified efforts"