So here’s the deal—I was wrong.
I blew it. Now I need to repent.
As we started the New Year, I felt the Holy Spirit challenging me with the question, “How Pro-Life Are You?”
Well, obviously, I’m 100% pro-life. I believe that life starts at conception and any form of abortion is murder. I speak out about the pro-life movement and always vote pro-life in elections. I even peacefully protested outside of an abortion clinic in college. How was this a question—-I’m totally pro-life?!?
Then the Holy Spirit asked me, “Are you pro-life enough to commit to consistently praying and consistently challenging your readers to pray for the upcoming Roe v Wade decision to be overturned?”
Here’s where things began to go awry: While my initial response was absolutely yes! Then, I started thinking. Doubts filled my mind like, “Does it even matter anymore? Didn’t they already vote on that? Isn’t the decision made?” Not understanding much about the Supreme Court’s process, I did a little research that confirmed that the Justices had voted on the matter. So I told myself it wasn’t the Holy Spirit leading me to pray and challenge others to pray, and I moved on.
Five months passed, and then there was a leak.
The news went wild with the news that the majority opinion was to overturn Roe vs. Wade in the initial vote. However, each commentator was very clear that the decision was not final. There is still time for the justices to change their minds.
I immediately thought: "Oh no, I disobeyed the Holy Spirit’s call to prayer, and this thing isn’t over yet."
That’s when I began to repent.
First, I asked God to forgive me for giving in to doubt and the fear of looking misinformed. I repented for ignoring God’s call to prayer, and I asked Him to forgive me for informing His call to challenge others to pray. I confessed my sin and asked for His grace.
Now, I am taking the next step in repentance and changing my ways.
Because here’s the thing: this battle isn’t near over—it’s ramping up.
I don’t know who leaked or why they leaked, but the fact is that those who support abortion on demand are mobilizing to try to get the justices to change their minds.
Now is the time for ALL pro-life believers to pray every day that the justices will hold to their decision and overturn Roe v Wade once and for all.
Yes, I am well aware that many followers of Christ have been consistently praying for this issue for years. It’s because of your efforts, energy, and prayers, that there is even the possibility of Roe v Wade being overturned. You were the soldiers fighting day in and day out—the boots on the ground battling on the front lines for decades.
However, today, I believe that God is calling up the reserves. By this, I mean those of us who are pro-life, but haven’t been fighting in prayer as we should be for this issue.
Today, I believe the Holy Spirit is asking me, and perhaps you, to answer the question, “How Pro-Life Are You?”
Are you pro-life enough to commit to praying EVERY DAY that Roe v Wade will be overturned?
Are you committed enough to fight on your knees, praying for the justices who voted to overturn and the justices who voted to keep Roe? (Remember, they can change their minds, too.)
Will you pray for the protection of the justices and their families?
Will you ask God to give them the strength to stand firm even when people stand outside their homes, their churches, and the court saying, “Bow to the god of abortion?”
Will you pray that God will change the hearts of the liberal pro-choice protestors and lawmakers?
Will you intercede against the efforts of Congress and the Senate to make Roe v Wade law?
The fact is that the battle is far from over. It’s just heating up.
It isn’t a political battle—it’s a moral, ethical and spiritual battle. The best place we can fight it is on our knees.
That’s why I am committing that I will pray every day until the decision is final.
Each day, I’ll post a specific way that you can join me in prayer.
Even though I wish I would’ve done this in January, it’s never too late to join the fight.
We need to pray.
We need to intercede.
We need to beg God to turn the hearts of justices, political leaders, and American hearts so that when the decision is finally announced, Roe v. Wade will be overturned.
Will you join me?
Adessa Holden is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God specializing in Women's Ministry. Together with her brother, Jamie, they manage 4One Ministries and travel the East Coast speaking, holding conferences, and producing Men's and Women's resources that provide practical Biblical teaching for everyday life.
When asked about herself, she'll tell you "I'm a women's minister, a sister, and a daughter. I love to laugh and spend time with people. My favorite things are chocolate, the ocean, sandals and white capris, anything purple, summertime and riding in the car listening to music. It is my absolute honor and privilege to serve Jesus and women through this ministry."