Devotional for Day 27 – September 27, 2013
David Rowsome, Prayer Coordinator, Canberra Declaration, Australia
Pray that we would boldly declare the truth of God’s Word when contending for a culture of life.
“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NIV)
In contending for a culture of life, on issues such as abortion, Christians have had some limited success in using the appeals of secular society or the world. There are the different declarations of the United Nations which can sometimes win the day. There also is a growing body of medical research and scientific discoveries which can be used in different battles. Secular social sciences too sometimes can be used to support the Christian view on life issues.
While we can rejoice in every victory that seems to push back a culture of death, we must realize that written agreements and reasoned arguments by themselves won’t ultimately change hearts and transform lives the way that we want. What do we do if the UN changes its position or makes other conventions that promote a culture of death? What do we do with hardened hearts and minds that refuse to believe God is real and human life is sacred?
The above passage assures us that God’s mighty weapons are available to us while we contend for a culture of life. We need spiritual weapons to demolish spiritual strongholds. These weapons include God’s Word, prayer in the name of Jesus, the power of the Holy Spirit, faith, hope and love. These weapons can break down proud human arguments against God that keep people from seeing God’s truth.
In all our contending for a culture of life we must prayerfully and unashamedly declare the unchangeable truth that “God created man in His own image” (Genesis 1:27). The declaration that every human being has intrinsic and equal value in the eyes of God is key to our victory.
Pray this Prayer:
Loving Heavenly Father, thank You that You created human beings in Your own image so that we could honor You and live in a right relationship with You. Your Word declares that we are Your workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works (Ephesians 2:10). And so we want to honor You as our Creator with lives pleasing to you. Forgive us for our reluctance or embarrassment to declare the truth of your Word as we contend for a culture of life. Instead, may we put on the full armor of God, boldly praying in the Spirit, while using your Word the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:10-18). Help us to take our stand against the spiritual forces of evil as we contend for a culture of life. In the mighty name of Jesus we pray. Amen.