It was an unplanned pregnancy, and her mind was made up. She was determined to have the abortion. She already had three children and her youngest was six years old. They were struggling financially, and she didn’t know how she could afford a baby.
As her boyfriend drove her to Planned Parenthood, Shanese saw the people praying peacefully at the sidewalk. They made her irritated and angry. Why? Did they spark her conscience?
She paid for the abortion, and they took her into the examination room. The sonographer did an ultrasound to check the age of the baby and even though Shanese saw her baby move, she was still determined to abort. They couldn’t afford a baby. A baby would disrupt everything. The sonographer left her alone in the waiting room and within moments, Shanese’s mind would be miraculously changed.
Alone in that room, a bright light suddenly shone down. Shanese looked to see the source of the light. There was none. She got a strong feeling in her soul that God wanted her to have the baby. She knew she could not kill her baby.
This is the power of intercessory prayer.
The rest of her story is filled with many difficult moments, but a happy ending. In that examination room, Shanese did take the first abortion pill because she was frightened and pressured by those at Planned Parenthood to do so. After she left, she was horrified and distraught at what she had done. She called on God to help save her baby and he showed her the Abortion Pill Reversal Hotline. Because she acted quickly, the effects of the pill were reversed, and her baby was saved! She is now 32 weeks along and has named her baby “Chosen.” This all happened in Colorado Springs just a few months ago.
There is great power in intercessory prayer.
To see the power of intercessory prayer, we need only to go to the Bible, to the story of the paralytic man. The paralytic could not get to Jesus, so his friends lowered him through the roof. Jesus healed him because of the faith of his friends. “When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘Child, your sins are forgiven.’” (Mark 2:1-5).
When we intercede for others, at the sidewalk near the abortion clinic, or in daily life, we need to be bold in approaching Jesus, like the friends of the paralytic. We need to trust in God’s love and mercy. Our Lord will answer every prayer, sometimes in ways we don’t expect and most of the time without us knowing how it was answered. Thanks be to God for showing us the results with Shanese. We are still in touch with her. If you would like to keep informed via email of Shanese’s journey and other happenings at the sidewalk, sign up at www.40daysforlife.com/coloradosprings.
“I strongly suspect that if we saw all the difference even the tiniest of our prayers make, and all the people those little prayers were destined to affect, and all the consequences of our prayers down through the centuries, we would be so paralyzed with awe at the power of prayer that we would be unable to get up off our knees for the rest of our lives.”(“Angels and Demons: What Do We Really Know about Them?” by Peter Kreeft, p. 23)
This fall, join us to save lives, help moms and dads, reach out to post-abortive women, and change our culture, one person at a time. The fall 40 Days for Life campaign will kick off Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. on the Centennial Boulevard sidewalk near Planned Parenthood (3480 Centennial Blvd.)
Three Ways to Save Lives:
1. Be a weekly prayer volunteer. Sign up for 1- or 2-hour weekly shifts at the sidewalk during 40 Days for Life. Try to sign up for the same day/time each week if possible so we can cover all the hours with prayer. Days/hours most needed are Sundays, Mondays, and night hours (6 p.m.-6 a.m.)
Sign up at www.40daysforlife.com/coloradosprings.
2. Adopt a Day — Invite your church, youth group, young adult group, school, or group of friends, to adopt a day. Choose one day (or more than one) and have your group sign up to pray all the hours of that day (6 a.m.-6 p.m.). To go the extra mile, do all day and night hours. (12 a.m.-11:59 p.m.)
3. Be a Barnabas Buddy. Barnabas Buddies are people who are unable to pray at the sidewalk for some reason but would like to participate to pray daily or weekly. Suffering souls are the most powerful intercessors!
Sign up at: www.slotted.co/yhvygnaq
For more information, or to sign up, go to www.40daysforlife.com/coloradosprings or contact Michele Mason 719-659-2097 firstname.lastname@example.org.