I Prayed have prayed
Father, grant us the grace to stand firm in the day of trial and persecution, that we might glorify Your great name.

Analysis. The world we once knew has changed drastically. Schools are now unsafe for our children. Colleges, workplaces, even our own homes are now divided by woke ideologies.

But what would you do if your church were no longer a safe haven?

Have you taken your place on the wall? 

 

This is exactly what happened to former Nebraska news anchor and award-winning journalist Melanie Standiford. Melanie had heard about Texas pastor Mark Lee Dickson’s wonderful initiative to create sanctuary cities for the preborn. She began to distribute petitions to create just such a sanctuary city for life in her own hometown.

Melanie was speaking out for life in her own church — and it cost the journalist her job.

She had actually been covering stories about the issue for over a year, stories like that of Hayes Center, Nebraska, which had become a “Sanctuary City for the Unborn.” As a news writer, Melanie is expected to be unbiased in her reporting. But her own “fight for life” began in the privacy of her church, when someone wrote anonymously about her activities. The Flatwater Free Press published a piece about the petition drive.

Melanie was then called into her workplace on her day off. She was told she could no longer be employed with the news station, as an ostensible consequence of her practice of “partisan politics.”

Looking back at everything that has happened, Melanie makes a clear-eyed observation.

People who promote Planned Parenthood activities are not seen in the same light as those who are pro-life,” she asserts. “When they do it, it’s all about freedom and health care. But when Christians mention abortion and life, it’s political. The climate now is, if you are a Christian and pro-life, you are labeled a hater; you are speaking ‘hatred.’ People who live out their faith are being persecuted, doxed, or fired. We are at a crossroads in this nation. We have to ask ourselves, who are we supporting? Are we supporting those who protect our religious freedoms, or are we sitting it out and letting the radicals gain more power?

Counting the Cost of Serving Him

Ever since the article came out about Melanie and her pro-life stand, she continues to be insulted on social media. But Melanie refuses to back down. Here is a scripture she loves: Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith will it be done to you … ” (Matthew 9:29 NIV).

Melanie points out Satan’s favored tactic of stirring up division. And of course, the Enemy continues to be a slanderer and deceiver. “When they don’t have a solid argument, they resort to bullying, name-calling, and tearing people down. Just because we are a voice for the unborn, does that make us the awful things they call us? It’s time for Christians to stand up. Let’s stand together in faith and say, ‘Enough is enough!’ ”

She offers some words of encouragement to believers and intercessors: “If you are not sure how to fight this battle, pray. Maybe your cause is different than pro-life; I never planned to be a face for the pro-life fight, but God has a way of putting us where He needs us. He doesn’t really need me, but I want Him to use me in whatever way He can.”

He can use you too, if you are willing to step out in faith.

Asked to describe how prayer has impacted her life, Melanie said this: “Prayer is such a gift … to be able to speak with our Creator! At any time — when I’m scared; in persecution, sadness, or doubt, it’s comforting to know that He’s in charge.”

Now that Melanie’s bold faith and brave stand have cost her the job she loved, how can IFA intercessors pray for her? Her desire is for clarity above all. She requests prayer to receive divine guidance, so she will know the next step, where to go, what to do.

Let’s do exactly that, right now:

Father, we thank You for the boldness of Your servant, Melanie Standiford. She counted the cost and decided that her faith in You is more precious than her job. Please guide her steps. Your word says in Proverbs 3:6 that if we acknowledge You in all our ways, You will direct our paths. Give Melanie protection, support, and favor. Speak to her through dreams, through your written or spoken word, or through another believer. Lead her to that next place of service to You. Give her clarity, and reveal to her the path You have destined for her from before the day she was even born.

 And Lord, we pray for ourselves and for every intercessor reading these words, in our desire for that same blessing: Lead us into our next place of faithful labor for You. Show us what You require. Put us where You need us. Give us wisdom and understanding in this season. Give us discernment. We know that we are not exempt from persecution. We know that the battle is raging. We thank You for the blood of Jesus, the name of Jesus, the word of God, and the armor of light.

We will pray. We will trust. We will hope. We will armor up. We will work out our own salvation with fear and trembling, and having done all, we will stand. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Share your own prayers below, for Melanie, and for God to give all of us grace in the hour of trial.

IFA Contributing Writer Gloria Robles is a passionate intercessor with a prophetic voice for today. For more from Gloria, go to Spotify or Anchor to listen to her podcast, Something To Share. Photo Credit: Jametlene Reskp on Unsplash.

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Orbin Smith
January 6, 2023

Jesus is the king satin is a lier

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Marilyn
December 1, 2022

Father God, we thank you for Melanie and pray Your utmost blessings over her. We also pray for the anonymous person who spoke out against what she was doing for the unborn. We pray for You to supernaturally fill that person with passion and compassion for You and for those You so dearly love, the most defenseless people on earth, those in the womb. Father, we cry out for Melanie’s righteousness to shine like the dawn and the justice of her cause like the noonday sun. Psalm 37:4-6 In Jesus’ Mighty Name we pray, AMEN

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Christine Berger
November 30, 2022

Melanie, I am so proud of your stand for life. I pray this day you agree to loose from your soul the trauma of the firing, as well as all the bullying and name calling.
We bless those who curse.
Agree to bind to your soul, the light of God, the life of God, the love of God and the full revelation from Holy Spirit regarding your next assignment.
Spoken words are powerful. Written words are powerful. May the Lord Jesus use your gifts, talents and your boldness for His glory.

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Lloyd
November 28, 2022

Almighty Father, before reading this article, I had never heard of Melanie Standiford. The name meant nothing to me. Having read this disturbing article, the name Melanie Sandiford, has taken on a profound meaning.
The name represents Christian persecution, grave injustice, hostility toward the Christian faith, and animosity toward the God who rules the universe. The name now speaks of my sister in Christ, my colaborer in Kingdom service, the servant who will surely hear, “Well done good and faithful servant.” She is a light in an ever darnenning world. She reveals that Christians do not stand alone. She bears the scarrs of moral decency, integrity, and courage.
Father, I pray that you bless her with a position from which she can proclaim to the world that all life is precious. Make her name known by those who fight for life as an ally for in the war against infant murder. May it be a reverberation of the word of truth that echos through the minds and consciences of those determined to destroy the innocent lives, that all lives are precious in Your sight. In Jesus’ name, Amen

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Mary Ann Canfijn
November 28, 2022

Thank you, Heavenly Father, for your courageous daughter! Help her to keep standing
and keep speaking for life. Give her an even broader platform than what’s been stolen
from her. Glorify Yourself through her life and her work in such an astounding way that all who have attacked and opposed her will be dumbfounded. Do the “beyond!” For Your Name’s sake! Amen!!

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Robert C Jones
November 26, 2022

If GOD be for us who dare to be against us.
We will stand strong in the LORD and in the POWER of HIS MIGHT!
JESUS CHRIST IS LORD TO THE GLORY OF GOD THE FATHER!!!

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Pam
November 26, 2022

Our Creator, direct Melanie and all who believe in you. Give us the strength to be your voice. Through your grace, all Christians are stewards of life. No matter the circumstances, show us how to be your advocates to save your children. In dear Jesus’ name I pray. Amen

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Marsha Bashor
November 26, 2022

Dear Lord please show Melanie the next perfect job or ministry you have for her. Thank you!

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DR
November 26, 2022

You are an inspiration to stand for what is good, right and just.

May God make straight your paths.

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Vicki
November 26, 2022

You are in the palm of His hand and he is ever faithful to fulfill His plan for your life. God Bless you.

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Marlene Santefort
November 26, 2022

You Go Girlfriend. Praying for you.

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Barry Teats
November 26, 2022

Isaiah 41:10.
Do not be afraid for I am with you.
Do not be dismayed for I am your God.
I will give you strength.
I will give you help.
I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.

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Donald Vader
November 26, 2022

Thank you Lord for IFA and for Melanie standiford and I am in agreement for the prayer for Melanie and all IFA intercessors and for those who are being persecuted in your name Jesus… Strengthen my father with your word that I may stand strong against all persecution and show me Lord somebody that I may come alongside who is being persecuted in your name and stand strong according to your word and to make a difference for the kingdom and those you put on my path Lord in the name of Jesus… Amen

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MN
November 26, 2022

I agree with Grant R. Seek legal help – ACLJ, ADF, others. While we are to stand fast in persecution, we are also expected to fight against grave injustice – such as this. The goal isn’t necessarily to get the job back (unless that’s desired – t me, doesn’t sound like a very honest work climate…it sounds downright deceitful). The goal is to honor God, hold companies and/or individuals accountable to existing laws covering employment, etc. And the upside of this is the testimony it brings forth & possibly winning as monetary settlement that can be used for furthering the fight for prolife causes.
My hope is that she will prayerfully consider this s well as “load her sling with smooth stones for the battle against Goliath”….then meet arrogant Goliath & the enemy supporters on the field.
1 Sam. 2:30b – “Those that honor God – I (God) will honor. But those that despise me will be dishonored”. (demean, scorned, cast forth, rejected, favor removed, etc )

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Wendell Owens
November 26, 2022

Melanie should stand up and fight back through the courts for “wrongful termination & violation of her 1st amendment rights of free speech.” Not to do so opens the door for more people to be bullied because of their religious beliefs. No one likes a lawsuit, but that is precisely why we have (at least for now) Courts to adjudicate our Constitutional rights and protect us against those who would twist our rights against us. If, by the grace of God she wins, it will set a Precedence for others to follow.

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Grant Richter
November 26, 2022

Melanie,
Stand firm. Contact Alliance Defending Freedom or First Liberty.
You have a good chance of winning a lawsuit against your former employer.
As Christian’s, we are called to battle and sometimes that means in our courts with Christian Legal help.
Don’t walk away, but stand firm. God will fight for you.
You have to take the first step.

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Linda k Rice
November 26, 2022

This is good news! We are promised that when the darkness is gross, the Lord will shine His Light on us. Isaiah 60:2

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CleoLa Cintron
November 26, 2022

Praise God Almighty for christian like Melanie Standiford for indeed standing for her faith the world could use a lot more like her!!!

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Dr Don BRady
November 26, 2022

Father, assist Melanie in her journey for righteousness and provide her with encouragement, inner peace and open doors for her fruitful employment. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Linda
November 26, 2022

Lord,give Melanie a peace that know no understanding Keep her heart from bitterness. Keep her mind under your authority. Send her saints with encouragement.Forget yesterday. Embrace today.Tomorrow is yours and it is perfect.

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James and Brenda Manson
November 26, 2022

Dearest Melanie,
You’ll never know this of heaven just how thankful we are that our Lord wired you to take these hits for Him without trying to hold onto your personal safety and privilege. This is exactly what we are commanded to do and when we do, we are promised yet more of His strength to keep on working. We remember now that He told us He would fight for us; we just stand, stand, and when all is done, we keep standing. Your actions in this are an inspiration to millions and we praise God for you and we thank you personally for letting the light of His kingdom shine here on our pitiful homeland so torn by evil now.
Blessings to you and your family, dear one. Keep fighting the good fight of faith in the one and only God, King Jesus, till we see Him face-to-face one day!
Sincerely,
James and Brenda Manson

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Anna
November 26, 2022

Melanie, I pray that God will shower down his blessings & graces upon you. Stand firm in the truth & know that the truth will set you free. Freedom in Christ is what the world needs. 🙏🙏👼👼

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Kim Hardy
November 26, 2022

I taught in a major, well known Michigan public University. I even began a certain medical program for it -at their request. Despite working in OB for several years, even teaching in a different university, I was not allowed to teach an obstetrical course because I referred to “the baby” rather than “a fetus”.

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    Pamela C
    November 26, 2022

    You are another saint who stood for Christ. I applaud you.

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