Pray, Fast and Give Financially to the Pro-Life Cause

Opinion   |   Abby Johnson   |   Aug 1, 2011   |   3:51PM   |   Washington, DC

I am currently praying and fasting for couple friends of mine who have recently experienced a miscarriage. I don’t usually talk about my fasting, but I thought I would share a little with you.

When my friends ask me to pray for something serious that is affecting them, I usually pray and fast.  I fast for two reasons.  One, because fasting helps me to remember to pray constantly for their intention.  I don’t just want to pray once a day for my friend…I want to be in prayer all throughout the day.  Secondly, I fast because Scripture states sometimes we need to incorporate both…prayer and fasting.  Mark 9:29 says, “This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.”

It has been a blessing for me since starting this in my personal life for people I care about.  It doesn’t even seem like a sacrifice any more.  I willingly fast all of the time.  In the beginning, it was hard.  But I still did it.  I didn’t mind…it was for my friends…people I cared about.  I would sacrifice whatever I had to for them.

Would we do the same for the pro-life movement…for the babies?  For the mothers?  For the fathers?  40 Days for Life asks its volunteers to pray AND fast.  I wonder how many make that sacrifice for the entire 40 days.  I know many do.  I bet many give up half way through and just say…this is too hard.

What else will we sacrifice for these children?  Do they deserve our sacrifice?

As you all know, I do many speaking events.  I am often asked to appeal to the audience for funds.  In the pro-life movement, we do not receive over three hundred million dollars from the federal government like Planned Parenthood.  All of the money we receive comes from private donors.  We ask for a sacrifice.  So many times, I appeal to the people at these dinners and I see the women in the audience slip the donor card into their purse.  I hear them tell their friend, “We are going to pray about it.”  As if God is going to say He doesn’t want them to donate to the movement that is saving the children He creates.  We make excuses for why we can’t sacrifice our treasure.

We make the same types of excuses for why we can’t sacrifice our time.  We have kids.  We have work.  We have meetings.  We have to get our hair done.  We have parent meetings.  We have church obligations.  But when our schedule frees up and we feel “called” to get involved in the pro-life movement, we will be sure to let someone know.  When we are “called?”  We are ALL called.  You are called right now.  We are all busy.  But we should make the sacrifice.  When a woman finds out she is pregnant, you think she works her abortion appointment around her schedule?  Nope.  She drops EVERYTHING to have that abortion.  But we are simply too busy to be there and witness to her.

No more excuses…not with our time or our treasure.  People often ask me, “Abby, what groups should I stay away from?  I don’t want to donate to Planned Parenthood.”  My answer is this…

Donate to the pro-life movement.

Simple.  Easy.  None of the money goes to the abortion industry.  You simply don’t know where your money is going anymore.  Susan G. Komen, American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, American Diabetes Association, on and on…make a donation to these groups…make a donation to Planned Parenthood.  And do they have an excuse?  Sure!  Well, Komen says they only donate to Planned Parenthood so women can receive mammograms.  That would be great, except there isn’t a Planned Parenthood on this planet that provides mammogram services!

You can’t trust these organizations.  But you can trust your local pregnancy center.  You can trust 40 Days for Life.  You can trust the place where you get your pro-life news.  You can trust your local pro-life advocacy center.  You can trust groups that fight for true pro-life legislation.  Make your sacrifices there.

Our kids are worth our time.  They are worth every penny we donate…and more.  These children are priceless.  They deserve our very best.