Driving to work the other day, praying, and pondering Easter, God used the moon to speak to me. It was a full moon, big and bright, so bright in fact that I had to pull down my visor. This bright moon lit up the utter darkness.
I drive a major portion of my commute to work through a national forest so the expression “black as night” has significant meaning to me. But on that day, the sun’s reflection off the moon was so significant it hurt my eyes, and God spoke to my heart, “That’s how my children should be. A light in this increasingly dark world that reflects my Son.”
That is my prayer for myself and my heart that I “better reflect the Son” now and always with God’s help.
I believe the growing darkness in the world can be attributed to what God foretold of the future state and degradation of humankind:
“For people will love ONLY themselves and their money.” 2 Timothy 3:2 NLT
- Pharmaceutical companies getting known deadly drugs with horrific side effects through the FDA.
- Food companies filling our food with carcinogens – cheaper ingredients mean higher profits for them.
- People saying, “As long as I get mine,” without ever considering the short and long term consequences.
This list could go on and on and on.
My heart broke when I read the words of Mother Teresa the other day from a speech she gave at the National Prayer Breakfast in 1994. They are the most deeply profound ones I’ve ever heard regarding the killing of the unborn, so revelatory (from God’s heart and Spirit).
I pray your heart is opened wide to her words, open wide like the arms of Jesus, ready to receive all who run to Him:
But I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself.
And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love and we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts. Jesus gave even His life to love us. So, the mother who is thinking of abortion, should be helped to love, that is, to give until it hurts her plans, or her free time, to respect the life of her child. The father of that child, whoever he is, must also give until it hurts.
By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems.
And, by abortion, the father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world. That father is likely to put other women into the same trouble. So abortion just leads to more abortion.
Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.”
The world has fallen to a place so low and debase, a place where people have made themselves little gods, a place where people put themselves first no matter what the cost to others, even murdering their own children for convenience sake, a place where life is no longer sacred, a place where “good is called evil and evil is called good” (Isaiah 5:20).
Friday 6:24 AM “Everyone on the side of truth listens to me” (John 18:37). #JesusFinalHours
— Ray Pritchard (@raypritchard) March 25, 2016
Over the past few months, God has led me to pray like I haven’t prayed in years. I will fervently be praying for hearts to be softened, pierced by God’s love and truth, and for eyes and ears to be opened, and for those who know the difference between good and evil, light and dark, to pray like they’ve never prayed before and that they don’t “conform to the ways of this world” and do their part (Romans 12:12) and truly and undeniably reflect the Son.
God is so good and merciful that if someone has aborted their own child that He will forgive and make that person new in heart and mind. Bring redemption and restoration, etc.
The Passion New Orleans took Chris Daughtry’s song, Arms Wide Open, and changed it up a bit and had the person who played Jesus sing it this way (it’s the scene before He knows it’s His time to go to the cross)…
***CORRECTION – I somehow embedded the wrong video before. This is the correct one***