Posted on Friday, May 25th 2012 at 10:38 am
Bruce Wilkinson spoke last night at the Great Turnaround Event for Crisis Pregnancy. You may recall that Bruce is the author of the Prayer of Jabez (and many other bestselling books). The Prayer of Jabez was a sermon that he had given many times and that Shirley Dobson asked him to give at the National Day of Prayer. He called his publisher and asked him to print the sermon into a booklet to give to the attendees. After the National Day of Prayer he forgot about the book and was surprised when it became a best seller. In fact the number one best seller of the year (ahead of even Harry Potter!). The essence of the prayer is asking God’s blessing, expanding your territory (influence), so that God could use you more. Bruce commented that this is a prayer God will not say no to because it is about God using you more. God could certainly use more of that today.
He went on to talk about saving the lives of unborn babies and how important that is to God. God breathed life into the first man, Adam. In Malachi 2 we are told that God hates divorce and that the purpose of marriage is to produce “godly” offspring. So God created the first man and made Eve from Adam, then told them to be “fruitful and multiply” because God desires “godly” offspring. In the debate about abortion we mainly focus on a woman’s right to choose, but we lose sight the unborn is already an offspring that God desires to see breathe the breath of life. Recent scientific advances make it clear that we all have a unique signature (DNA). Those convicted of crimes falsely are being freed because of DNA evidence. When the sperm meets the egg at the moment of conception there is a unique DNA signature created by the hand of God. This gives new meaning to Jeremiah 1 where it says “before I formed you in your mother’s womb I knew you”, yes God did and he left a unique signature.
Since Roe V Wade 54 million babies have been aborted. In ancient times pagan people sacrificed their children to Moloch by heating up the metal “god” whose arms were extended and laying their children on Moloch’s arms to burn alive. Pastors shy away from teaching about abortion and we in the church have turned away from the plight of the unborn. Bruce mentioned that in Eric Metaxas’ new book Bonheoffer that there was a church located near the railroad tracks where Jews were transported 4 times a day (including Sunday). The Jewish people would scream “help us” as the train went by the church. The parishioners couldn’t stand the cries of the people so they sang their hymns louder when the train passed. Are we singing hymns as those that can’t defend themselves are sacrificed?