by Andrew Scarborough, Australian-Based Evangelist, NDOPF Ambassador

Intention
Pray for a multitude of voices to rise up and speak up for the voiceless.

Scripture
“The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, ‘When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.’ The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live.”
—Exodus 1:15-17

“Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: ‘Every Hebrew boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.’”
—Exodus 1:22

“Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it. She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. ‘This is one of the Hebrew babies,’ she said. Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, ‘Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?’ ‘Yes, go,’ she answered. So the girl went and got the baby’s mother. Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, ‘Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.’ So the woman took the baby and nursed him. When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, ‘I drew him out of the water.’
—Exodus 2:5-10

“When [the Magi] had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. ‘Get up,’ he said, ‘take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.’ So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘Out of Egypt I called my son.’ When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.”
—Matthew 2:13-16

Reflection
Approximately 2000 years after creation, the government of Egypt made a decree, “You can kill the babies!”

However, the midwives of the day rebelled and refused to kill these boys, undoubtedly saving many lives.

Enraged, Pharaoh decreed it again, “Kill the male babies!” Multitudes of babies were thrown into the river Nile, where they would most certainly have drowned or been eaten by crocodiles. However, Pharaoh’s daughter saved a male baby from the river, and that baby was Moses, one of the most significant figures in Israel’s history. Imagine if Moses had been terminated.

Roughly 2000 years later, a different leader, King Herod, declared “You can kill the babies!” However, Mary and Joseph, warned in a dream, escaped the massacre of the innocents, and saved their son. That boy was Jesus, the Saviour of the world. Imagine if Jesus had been terminated.

Roughly 2000 years later, new leaders are making the same decrees. “Up until nine months in the womb, you can kill the babies!”

What will our response be?
As we face an election tomorrow, I believe that these stories above, of leaders that would have permitted the killing of Moses and Jesus, and the responses of the adults in their lives, show us an example as to how we must respond at this election. We must be a voice for the voiceless.

We must pray that a multitude of voices rises up, with their votes but also with their literal voices, to say, “We will not stand by and see our babies die.”

Last night I stood at one of Australia’s largest public hospitals, a public hospital that could soon be providing taxpayer-funded abortions en masse, and I prayed, “Lord, don’t let Labor win this election. If they ever seek to pressure this hospital into more late-term abortions, may the staff strike and say, ‘We will not be a place of death!’ Lord let them be known as a hospital for life!”

We must follow the example of Egypt’s midwives, Pharaoh’s daughter, and Joseph and Mary, and rise up to save tomorrow’s Moses and tomorrow’s Jesus, today.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, have mercy on Australia. Cause a righteous shaking and exposure of Labor’s late term abortion agenda. Even today, especially today, one day out from our nation’s election, expose this agenda and save our babies. Release a sound from the mainstream media, a sound across social media, and in conversations across Australia, so that our voiceless unborn may have a voice. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

Watch and share this powerful testimony of an Indigenous abortion survivor:

To understand Australia’s abortion issue in more depth, take a look at this YouTube video:

Prayer Points
1. Pray that God will rule over this election so that righteous leaders would be elected to govern this nation in truth and justice because, “When the righteous are in authority the people rejoice.” (Proverbs 29:2)
2. Pray God’s blessing upon all our current parliamentarians and leaders, including their families and all the candidates of all the parties standing for this federal election. (1 Timothy 2:1-3)
3. Pray for a multiplication of prayer and unity across the Body of Christ in Australia that people will wake up to the dangers facing our nation and respond in prayer. (Ephesians 5:14)
4. Pray for a Spiritual Awakening for Australia, Revival and Transformation for our nation and the proclamation of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. (John 3:16)

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DEVOTIONAL 20 Author 17 May
A Voice for the Voiceless
Andrew Scarborough

Andrew serves as an Evangelist and Revivalist and a Life and Leadership Coach. He has ministered in over 15 different nations from Indonesia to America, Germany to Mozambique. He regularly sees the miraculous take place when he ministers, from blind eyes seeing to the lost finding Jesus.

Andrew holds an MA in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary and has been in ministry for over 10 years, serving alongside ministries such as the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Awakening Australia, Iris Global and almost every major church denomination and movement. He currently serves as the National Ministry Director for Youth For Christ Australia, is the founder of Awaken the Valley, serves the Canberra Declaration and the National Day of Prayer and Fasting, and has a passion for Christ to be central in our nation. Andrew and his wife Joyce have three children, Sean, Abigail and Evan and live in Melbourne.