The first part of this entry I want to speak about some things that have been happening specifically with me the past couple of Saturdays at the clinic. I hope it will encourage people who are involved to continue to speak and people who may just be reading this to pray more fervently in hopes that, not only babies would be saved, but also that lives would be changed eternally because the Spirit of God has irresistibly moved upon them causing repentance and faith in Christ and everything he has accomplished. The second part I hope to use a psalm to encourage more prayer from everyone using Psalm 35.
I was counseling with Sarah last weekend and the place we were positioned saw about 3 or 4 male/female companion/client groups. After about the second group she commented that I had been able to speak clearly to the male each time. It caused me to reflect and see the grace God had given me the past couple of weeks. Rewind: A few weeks ago things were wrapping up and we were all hanging around the entrance of the clinic conversing and the guests who had accompanied the clients to the clinic began coming out. I was able to speak with a guy named Ira who expressed to me that upon his arrival to the clinic his heart changed from not caring about the abortion of his child to not wanting to do it at all. He explained to me that his girlfriend Crystal may just be getting the abortion because of some relationship issues they had had. This was in January and they found out she was pregnant in November. Anyway, Ira was a fan of rap music so I gave him my copy of Lecrae and Flame before we departed. He also has my number. Can we pray for Ira and Crystal? That the Lord would move into their lives with an Ezekial 36 conversion.
Back to last week: A couple was walking in and I began talking to a guy, later found his name to be Lenny. He continued to walk while I was talking to him but his friend was so far ahead of us that it was just me and Lenny talking. We got to the doors and he went in. Later he came out and we had another conversation. Lenny is from Ohio State and was accompanying his friend because no one would go with her. He also expressed to me he was a Christian and he actually leads a bible study at the Ohio State campus. We are now facebook friends, I confirmed it was okay to add him. Can we pray that the he would begin dialoguing with me and that if he is a believer he would also come to detest this thing that God hates? Praise God that he has been making provisions like this, maybe not saving babies in this case but hopefully creating new hearts!
Finally, Psalm 35. I was reading this the other day and was really glad in the Lord. Let me first say, I want our prayer to always be that the escorts would forsake their love for sin and allegiance to their father the devil and become sons and daughters of God. Also knowing the reality of the happenings taking place on Market St. this psalm was very tasty. I encourage you all to read Psalm 35. David is describing his enemies pursuing his life for death, hating him, and repaying evil for good. Amongst all of that, David says “But I, when they were sick–I wore sackcloth; I afflicted myself with fasting; I prayed with head bowed on my chest.” This part is so wondrous, “I went about as though I grieved for my friend or my brother; as one who laments his mother.” Will we do this for the lost? For both the escorts and clinic workers? For the women who would say hateful things to us as they approach the clinic doors? To any escorts reading, may our love be evident to you in that. And may the Lord of all comfort be your only refuge.