May 29, 2019 | Karen Hardin
We continue to see battle lines drawn regarding the issue of abortion state by state. Liberal leaning states are pushing to expand the legality of abortion even to killing a child already born as conservative leaning states work to restrict and even abolish abortion.
Yesterday, Illinois drew their line in the sand as the Illinois House approved legislation which would require insurance coverage for abortions, contraception and related medical care.
But it didn’t stop there. It also would rescind 45-year-old restrictions on abortion which are not presently enforced because of court injunctions.
Lisa Cherry, co-founder of FrontlineMinistries.org, a Christian nonprofit ministry in Illinois has been helping lead the battle in prayer in her state for years. Of the recent vote she said, “Many of us have been praying and interceding for a stop to this radical legislation in Illinois. It is utterly unacceptable. I remember when New York passed a similar extreme bill and my first thought was, Where were the Christians in that state? Now, in Illinois we are in the same position.”
“We are enraged and embarrassed.”
For those of us who don’t live in the state, who have no voting power, we have a “vote” in heaven as we link arms in prayer. This legislation may have passed the Illinois House, BUT IT HAS NOT YET PASSED THE SENATE.
Perhaps there is still an opportunity for a miracle!
The governor has pledged to make Illinois state “an abortion capital” for the nation. Numerous liberal states now pridefully fight for the “honor” of being the most liberal in unrestricted abortion. Yet it is the very thing that prophesies their downfall.
The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished. Prov 16:5
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Prov 16:18
We need to pray now for confusion in the Enemy’s camp as in the days of Jehoshaphat. When three enemy armies surrounded them, it seemed completely impossible and yet as they fell on their faces before the Lord and cried out for help a miracle took place. As they turned their faces to God and began to praise Him in the face of impending doom, the three armies turned and began to fight each other.
As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated. ( 2 Chron 20:22)
Let us speak to the pride which has overtaken these officials who vote for death and command that spirit which controls and blinds them to bow its knee to the name of the Lord. When pride is removed, deception leaves as well and eyes are opened.
Let us also stand and pray for the removal of all those in leadership and office who have joined together in Illinois, New York and across our land to protect abortion and the murder of children.
And let us pray for mercy.
Karen Hardin is an intercessor, author, minister and literary agent. Her work has appeared in USA Today, World Net Daily, Crosswalk.com, Charisma, CBN.com, The Elijah List, etc. For additional information you can contact her at www.prioritypr.org or www.karenhardin.com