I have been in Washington, DC for nearly eight years, and I have seen January 22nd come and go numerous times. It is the anniversary of Roe v Wade, and each year I have grown more and more grieved over the great loss that it represents. What makes this one far more significant than all the others is that today marks exactly 40 years since the Supreme Court released the infamous decision that codified a culture of death. It sealed the deal to fundamentally shift the nation at the federal level, and for 40 years it has enjoyed the status of settled law. To many it is revered like an idol.
There needs to be a fresh baptism of confidence for everyone praying and laboring for the ending of abortion. Without it the next steps forward may be too difficult to take. The Apostle Paul cautioned Timothy to lay hold of his prophetic promises as he fought through times of discouragement and doubt. The result would be faith that is strengthened in adversity and a conscience that is clear. Standing on truth, the prophetic promises become weapons in our hands as we cling to them with white knuckles. Their declaration into the atmosphere and utterance in prayer infuse the Lord’s will for the alternative future into what Walter Wink describes as the “suffocating atmosphere of the present.”
Timothy, my son, I give you this instruction in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by following them you may fight the good fight, holding on to faith and a good conscience. (1 Timothy 1:18-19)
For the past 21 days I have been intently seeking the Lord in a special way contending for the ending of abortion and firm footing for the future. The prophet Daniel saw the spiritual reality of breakthrough come after 21 days of fasting and prayer (Daniel 10). For these 21 days I coupled fasting along with a night watch of prayer (midnight to 3AM) that I felt the Lord specifically called me into. I did this in private along with a few staff from the Justice House of Prayer DC and Bound4LIFE as well as a couple of close friends.
A few really encouraging things happened during these 21 days. One of the most significant things came in the form of a news story out of Mississippi. Last year state legislators passed a law requiring abortion physicians to have hospital admitting privileges. None of the doctors working in the state’s sole abortion center did. A deadline was set for them to comply, and on January 11 they failed to meet the new standard. Abortion center administrator Diane Derzis said every Jackson-area hospital where they applied for privileges said, “No.” Mississippi is now on track to become the first abortion-free state.
As I read about the Mississippi story and held it before the Lord over the next couple of nights the part about the missed “deadline” began to explode in my spirit and prayers. A time limit had been set, and abortion was surrounded on every side by a group saying, “NO!”
I felt the Lord declaring to me that he has a time table. There are moments when God’s deadlines become our reality. President Lincoln understood this when he described slavery to the nation as “having continued through His (God’s) appointed time” and that “He (God) now wills to remove” it. My posture during these 21 days has been to appeal to heaven’s court for a verdict on abortion in favor of the saints. Even when little foreseeable opportunity exists to the naked eye, I believe God has initiated spiritual momentum to release his justice. Let me explain.
For 40 years Roe v Wade has persisted as the law of the land. On the 12th night of my night watch I was taken into a prolonged encounter with the Lord for about an hour. He showed me scales with inaccurate and deceptive weights being used as measurement. At first I wasn’t really sure what I was seeing and experiencing, but it became more and more clear as the Lord allowed me to touch his heart on the matter. I can only describe it by mentioning the intense emotions he expressed to me over the use of the dishonest weights and his intention to act because of them. Ponder these scriptures with me.
Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is His delight. (Proverbs 11:1 NKJV)
Do not have two differing weights in your bag—one heavy, one light. Do not have two differing measures in your house—one large, one small. You must have accurate and honest weights and measures, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you. For the Lord your God detests anyone who does these things, anyone who deals dishonestly. (Deuteronomy 25:13-16 NIV)
Shall I acquit a man with dishonest scales, with a bag of false weights? (Micah 6:11 NIV)
God uses the strongest language to describe how he feels about deceptive and dishonest weights calling them an abomination. He also links their use directly to the inability to remain the land. These are sobering words.
At about 3 AM I felt the Lord speak to me that we have been using deceptive and dishonest weights in our scales so that we cannot accurately weigh the value of human life. This statement was profound to me because it was coupled with such intense emotion from the Lord, and it impacted my heart. The use of these deceptive weights has affected nearly everything in our culture. We have allowed it in our courts, in our politics, and in our own homes. Turning a blind eye and deaf ear to abortion has allowed an ever-increasing manipulation of the scales of our collective national conscience. We’ve called it moral decay, but I think it’s more about the deception that we’ve allowed to enter in and grow like a cancer out of control. In these scales, everything is distorted and unjust. Roe v Wade isn’t a political talking point; it’s an entry point of an abomination in America.
The Message Confirmed
A few nights later a startling dream from outside our night watch group was given to us. It brought an overwhelming confirmation to the message. A young woman named Rachel dreamt that she looked at her life band and it had a timer on it. The clock was ticking down as if time was almost over. When we contacted her to ask about it, we were shocked to discover that she had received the dream the same night as my encounter during the night watch. It’s no coincidence that the young woman’s name is Rachel. It’s Matthew 2:18, “Rachel weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.”
This is an extraordinary confirmation to say the least. The life band represents a commitment to pray for abortion to end and revival to come. I believe God is declaring that we are now in a countdown to that reality.
I began to pray into these matters with a renewed zeal and urgency. As I was praying the other night and heard myself speaking, the unique language of the dream suddenly dawned on me. This is our “watch.” The life band was a strategy that was divinely initiated by God, and this is the Lord’s watch given to us to keep. I was suddenly gripped with a burden to pray that God would “synchronize our watches” with his divine countdown. There is a deadline for abortion, and 40 years are up! I felt like something shifted in the spirit as I prayed in the middle of the night, “Lord, right now, synchronize the watch of everyone who is wearing a life band. Reveal your deadlines, and get us on your time table.” That’s when God’s kairos moment converges with the chronos moment—when his divine purposes break into the otherwise monotonous timeline as we watch the days and years go by.
At our staff meeting last week one of our leaders who had not been a part of the night watch said that the Lord had really been highlighting Daniel 5 as being very important. We looked at it together and were stunned by the storyline of the hand writing on the wall of King Belshazzar. The verdict was in, and the finger of God carved the words, “Mene, Mene, Tekel, Parsin,” in the wall. Daniel’s translation revealed, “God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end,” and, “You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.” It was deadlines and weighing scales. Time was up, and Belshazzar’s reign ended that very night. Could it be that God’s verdict is in on abortion, and his deadline has been set to bring it’s deadly reign to an end?
Let us recommit ourselves at this 40-year mark with a willingness and determination to cross over into God’s prophetic promises. I know I have my own promises that I’m laying hold of with a fierce grip. You have your’s as well, and they are weapons in your hands. Together, let’s ask God to synchronize our watches with his divine deadline. Let’s declare with increased faith that 40 years of Roe v Wade may look like a mile stone, but it’s actually the end of the line. We will no longer tolerate the enemy’s tampering with the weights that has robbed us of a right measure of human value. We need God to reset our standards and purge us of the deceptive weights. Proverbs 16:11 says, “Honest scales and balances are from the Lord; all the weights in the bag are of his making.” I am looking for revival and great awakening to visit this nation like never before. The kairos clock is ticking.
Please join with me,