Morning by Morning, January 23 - After 40 Years, Let Abortion "Come to a Full End"
Good morning, Lord Jesus. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, You are One and You are holy and You are here. I welcome You, Lord, in every dimension of Your Being into every dimension of my being. ...
Yesterday marked the forty-year anniversary of the Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade, where abortion of our children became the law of our land. I'm sure some celebrated; but the heaviness of my heart and stirring in my spirit as I think on these things cause me to believe that heaven did not.
"...'But as for you, your dead bodies shall fall in this wilderness. And your children shall be shepherds in the wilderness for forty years, and shall suffer for your unfaithfulness, until the last of your dead bodies lies in the wilderness. According to the number of days in which you spied out the land, forty days, for every year you shall bear your iniquity, forty years, and you shall know My displeasure.' I the Lord have spoken; surely I will do thus to this wicked generation gathered together against Me: in this wilderness they shall come to a full end, and there they shall die" (Number 14:32-35).
Lord, forgive us as a nation for engaging in this evil that we call freedom of will to do whatever we want with our right to choose, while rejecting our children's right to life. And for forty years, we have suffered and our children have suffered under the weight of our sin and the measures of withdrawn blessing and favor from Your displeasure. We truly have no idea of the death and devastation we've allowed to come into our nation and our generations through this open door of our national sin and shame. And apart from Your conviction that leads us to repentance so we can embrace Your mercy, we shall come to a full end.
In these fifteen years of inner healing prayer ministry, I've prayed with many mothers who aborted their children, many not even believing it was wrong at the time, who lived in deep regret and inner shame for choosing or participating in the death of their child. I've prayed with many fathers who were just as guilty as well, whether through their absence, insistence, or tolerance. And how beautiful to see, over and over again, Your forgiveness and mercy wash over their repentant hearts as You healed their hurts, forgave their sin, and cleansed their shame, allowing them the grace to give a mother or father's blessing to their child they were now willing to affirm as a life created by God.
According to Your judgment, it was a wicked generation that spied out the Promise Land but refused to enter it, gathered against You and Your word and Your will for their nation. They were judged to suffer for forty years under the burden of their national sin and defiance in rebellion against You. Yet there were also those among them who were of "a different spirit" who would not settle in their hearts for anything less than restoration to full blessings and favor of God that flows from obedience to the will of God by the power of the grace of God (v. 14:24). And though they suffered with their nation for those forty years, even as they prayed and longed for the day of repentance to come and the years of suffering to end, there came a day when they were allowed to enter in to the Promise Land with a new generation of a different spirit (v. 14:30-31).
O Lord, now that our forty years have passed, may You stir up a spirit of repentance in the heart of our nation. Make a way where there seems to be no way. Let it be the sin and evil of abortion that "shall come to a full end" so that our land and our hearts shall be free to enter in to all You've prepared and destined for us. Your plans and Your will is for our good and not for our harm, for a future with hope, if we will choose to seek Your face and call on Your name (Jeremiah 29:11).
As You spoke the nation of Israel at the end of their forty years, with the opportunity to enter in to the Promise Land, so I believe You are speaking to our nation today: "I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life, so that you and your descendants may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying Him and holding fast to Him; for that means life to you and length of days, so that you many live in the land that the Lord swore to give to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob" (Deuteronomy 30:19-20).
Lord, let us hear the call of Your Spirit, to not give up and to hold fast to You, in prayer and intercession, persevering in faith, contending in the Spirit, until we see our breakthrough come. As Your Word promises in Your eternal call and invitation to covenant for revival: "If My people who are called by My name humble themselves, pray, seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land" (2 Chronicles 7:14). In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
Friends, will you join with me and those who are passionately praying for abortion to end? I admit I have not always been moved with passion and pray on this issue, but the more I see the deep devestation that comes from this sin and the power of the grace of God to heal and forgive all who are involved, the more passionate I become. I pray you will passionately follow the Holy Spirit's burdens on your heart for prayer and intercession. Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!
I'm really excited to be speaking on The Healing Nature of Jesus during "An Evening of Healing" with Max Lucado at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio Wednesday Night, February 6 at 7pm. Please come join us if you can (www.oakhillschurch.com).
Starting Thursday Night, January 31, we will begin a 6 Week Level 1 School of Ministry for Sozo Inner Healing Prayer Ministry Training, at our ministry office at Rapha God Ministries in San Antonio. Please come join us; seating is limited. We are excited that 20 people have already signed up for this course for equipping and training in healing prayer ministry! (www.RaphaGodMinistries.com)
In this new season, I will still be leading Messiah Ministries, but also joining in leadership as the Pastoral Director of Rapha God Ministries based in San Antonio, Texas, continuing my calling of equipping and ministry of inner healing -- healing from the inside out -- to see God's people set from from their past and awakened to their identity and destiny in Christ. I'll also continue to share these morning prayers, teach our 4 Day Schools in Kentucky and elsewhere, and still travel to speak and minister as the Lord leads with the relationships we've established and the new ones to be formed, at home and abroad.
For a few months of transition, the Messiah Ministries mailing address in Lexington will remain the same, but I will be moving into my new office and the new base for ministry will be at: 4 Dominion Drive, Building 1; San Antonio, Texas 78257 www.RaphaGodMinistries.com
God bless you and thank you for all your prayers and friendship!