Choosing to pray for life

For four years MHOP has partnered with Image in prayer, as they counsel and give practical help to families facing the challenges of unplanned pregnancy.  As we’ve journeyed together in prayer, Image has seen an increase in capacity and influence, locally, nationally and abroad.  I too have been challenged in how I pray for life.

I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.
— Deut 30:19

While I was a GP I became familiar and comfortable with life and death concerns but what the Lord has challenged and transformed within me was the functional, medical attitude to the beginning and ending of what is understood as life. This humanistic attitude has become very familiar among many western people, but our heavenly Father has a different perspective.

The growing choice and expectation today is to take personal control over unwanted pregnancy at one end of life and to make value judgments and take control over life at the other end. What seems to be missing is the understanding that abortion and euthanasia, however convenient and compassionate they appear, carry an inordinate cost. 

When people encounter the sensitivity and love of committed carers, such as those at Image, they are able to explore emotional, mental and spiritual truths linked to their life and death choices. As they face these, within the support of loving, ongoing relationships, people find healing and freedom for their own hearts and for those of their families.

The Lord calls us to choose life not just for ourselves but for the well-being of those generations who will follow.  Our choices have everlasting consequences.

Just as there is a choice in life, there is a fundamental choice necessary to pray for life or to work in support of it. Like Mary of Bethany we need to choose to sit at the feet of Jesus and hear His heart. From this position as He reveals His love we can receive what we need to become equipped to serve and lead those struggling and juggling with their life and death decisions. To be committed in prayer for life, and for those who struggle with life and death decisions, we need to choose to let our hearts be formed by an encounter with God.

Your choice - your prayer - impacts real choices and real lives.  Today, pray for a deeper understanding of God’s great gift of life and choose to pray for those who struggle with real and difficult decisions.