The foundation of all that can be
accomplished in the pro-life movement is prayer.
"Without me," Christ said, "you can do nothing" (Jn.
15:5). Jesus does not merely "help" us, as if we
were working on our own, and He came along to ease
the burden. Rather, we cannot even begin a good work
without His saving action within us. All we do is
His gift. We need to pray more, and with greater
But be careful not to misuse a
good thing. Even prayer can become an excuse, a
refuge from our responsibility to take action to
stop abortion. The forms of action are many and
varied. We are not speaking here of any one kind.
But we are all called to some form of action.
For the very same reason we
are called to pray! Does God really need us to pray?
Does He need to be reminded of His duties, or told
to do His job? Of course not. Yet He calls us to
pray, because He wants us to be involved in what He
is doing. If, therefore, He calls us to pray, even
when He could act without our prayers, it is
reasonable that He calls us to action, even when He
could act without our works. God calls us not
because He needs us but because He chooses to use
Prayer is not just asking God
to do something. That’s part of it, but it's more.
Prayer is union with God. Prayer means we open
ourselves so wide to God that He comes in and does
something through us! Prayer and action are not two
separate options, but rather two aspects of the same
reality: union with God. When we come to prayer, we
come to the living God, a consuming fire, and the
source of all activity. When we come away from
prayer we should not feel rested but restless. We
should not feel that we’ve done our duty, but
that we’ve been given our duty.
Be careful when you ask God to
end abortion. His response may very well be to reach
down from heaven, lift you up by the back of the
neck, and throw you into the battle! God is not
going to rip open the sky, come down, and tell our
nation to stop abortion. Instead, He is going to put
conviction in your heart and words on your lips and
command you to speak and act! Let us never use
prayer to escape from action. Instead, let us
immerse ourselves in true prayer, which enables us
to act in union with God, who destroys death and
(For suggested pro-life
activities, ask for our flier, "You Can Save
Someone's Life Today!")