The Power of Prayer
She left True Care after her initial appointment with the intention to abort. At age 41 with an adult child, a teenager about to leave home, and no other family nearby, Maria felt she couldn’t carry her child to term.
“I’m on my own, and I just don’t see a way I could care for a baby, not at my age,” she told her Advocate.
Even after meeting with our Resource Coordinator, who shared her abortion story and encouraged Maria with community resources and True Care’s Baby & Me Too program, our patient still planned to abort. We were unsuccessful in following up with her, but we kept praying, and we asked our prayer team and other supporters to pray for Maria as well.
How overjoyed we were when Maria contacted our Resource Coordinator two months later and told her she didn’t go through with the abortion. Maria asked, “May I still sign up for your resource program and get into the Baby & Me program? I need all the help I can get!”
When she came for her appointment with our Resource Coordinator, Maria said, “God intervened. So many things happened that prevented me from getting the abortion. I took some time to really think, and I remembered all the things you told me. I’m mustering up the courage to do this, and my children support this decision – they are all excited, which is not what I expected.”
Maria will soon give birth to a baby girl, and she plans to name her Isabella (Bella in Spanish means “beautiful”).
There is power in prayer! True Care staff gather daily before meeting with patients to pray over all the appointments we have scheduled for that day. We have experienced changed hearts and minds in other women like Maria who see “no other way.” We know God hears our prayers, and though some of these more determined patients still choose abortion (humans have free-will, after all), others, like Maria, ultimately change their minds. That’s one reason to NOT stop praying!
We know from Scripture that “we wrestle not against flesh and blood … but against the spiritual forces of evil…” (Ephesians 6:12). And, we know in this world evil runs rampant, from abortion and assisted suicide to euthanasia and mass murder. But, we are encouraged through God’s word to not give up the good fight – prayer is a weapon we can all employ.
We are currently praying for the U.S. Supreme Court as they prepare to hear the case of pregnancy centers in California being forced to comply with a state law that requires prolife centers like True Care to promote and refer for abortion. This is compelled speech and an attack on our faith and beliefs. America’s high court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in this case on March 20. True Care chose Saturday, Feb. 24, as a day of prayer and fasting, that God would grant these pregnancy centers favor and rule against the California law. The court’s decision will impact states and pregnancy centers across the country. We ask you, True Care’s supporters, to continue praying as the date for hearing oral arguments draws ever closer.
Another way to participate in the upcoming Supreme Court case is to listen to a web-cast that’s scheduled on Thursday, March 1, 7 pm Mountain time. Many special pro-life speakers are planned, including Abby Johnson, who once worked for Planned Parenthood and is the author of “Unplanned;” Father Frank Pavone, National Director for Priests for Life; and Jor-El Godsey, President of Heartbeat International. Learn more about this free online event here: http://stopforcedabortionpromotion.com/
Please also continue praying for True Care’s staff, volunteers, and patients. Working with increasing numbers of abortion-minded and abortion-determined women taxes our advocates and nurses, especially when we learn of those who went through with the abortion. But, we also celebrate when women like Maria choose life. There is power in prayer; Scripture tells us that: “For where two or more are gathered in my name, there I am among them,” Jesus said (Matthew 18:20). And, where Jesus is, nothing is impossible!