Since I’m heading out of town tomorrow I thought it a good time to publish a blog I have dreaded posting. The topic is controversial and polarizing so therefore not talked about much, at least in the circles I am a part of. If Christians talk about it we are deemed judgmental, hateful and closed-minded so most of us choose to remain quiet rather than upset anyone or risk looking like one of those activists with a picket sign. Since I’ll be gone for ten days however, like a coward, I have decided to blog about abortion…and then leave the country.
After hearing recently about a controversial Planned Parenthood video, I was convicted about my response to abortion. The mere thought of how to help, do anything or make change when it comes to abortion is incredibly overwhelming. But unfortunately, I just wrote a blog about what a person CAN do when things seem too big, too hard and too much. I shared that as a Christ follower, doing nothing when people’s lives are at stake, is and should be unacceptable (see blog, “Who’s the African American Kid?”). So I asked God to show me what to do, even though I really didn’t want to and was afraid of what He would tell me.
Last week I got an email from an organization called Online for Life. The group helps people considering abortions by loving, praying for and offering practical assistance to them (novel concepts, right?). The email was asking for people to pray and I realized God had just revealed to me what I could do. 
I cannot change laws.  I don’t know anyone seeking an abortion. I am not a doctor, nurse or activist.  But fortunately or unfortunately, I know a verse from Proverbs 24:12-12:
“Rescue those being led away to death;
    hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,”
    does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not he who guards your life know it?
    Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?”


I Samuel 12:23a says, “As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by failing to pray for you.” What can I do about abortion? I can do the work of prayer. I have committed to praying daily for the unborn, for women considering abortion and for doctors, legislators, activists and Christians who are in a position to help.
“Dear Lord, thank you for reminding me, though I didn’t want to be in this uncomfortable place that you care about abortion, so I should too. You care about babies who do not have a voice and how your followers respond to what matters to You. Thank you for helping me continue to realize and believe more and more that prayer matters and thank you for the next steps You may lead me in to love You and others more. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
P.S. Want to pray, too?