When Bound4LIFE began October 4, 2004, the Lord highlighted Ezekiel 4 to us. The language of the first three verses gave us understanding about what we were being called to. Ezekiel was called to participate in a strange activity and told that it would be a sign to the nation. He was told to lay siege to a figurative representation of Jerusalem. God revealed to him that out of it the siege of the real city would then literally be made manifest. “Set your face against it, and it shall be besieged, and you shall lay siege against it.”
For six and half years we have stood in prayer with red LIFE tape covering our mouths. This stand that began in front of the Supreme Court has now spread to courthouses and abortion facilities all around the nation (and other nations!). This is what we call “The Silent Siege.” For our Spanish-speaking friends it’s “El Sitio Silencioso.” It’s not a protest–It’s a prayer meeting.
What might seem like a pointless exercise to the uninitiated is in reality a powerful stand in both the spiritual realm and the natural. This stand is first and foremost a way to engage God’s people in the spiritual battle that is raging over a generation. In the process, countless believers have now received the Lord’s heart for the ending of abortion, and this is now what fuels their ongoing prayers and works of compassion. Secondly, the LIFE tape is a prophetic sign to the nation that sees it. It has been said that “LIFE tape subpoenas the conscience of the nation,” and we believe this is true. The media has taken the message of the LIFE tape and inadvertently spread it further than we ever could have with a megaphone.
Over the last few years some have asked, “Why a ‘siege?'” We know, it’s a strange word. A little antiquated, but this is the language that God gave us. The point of a siege is to pull down an opposing stronghold or outlast their resources that have been stored up. A siege cuts off the supply lines. Suddenly this word begins to make perfect sense when you consider that supply lines need to be cut off from the abortion industry–supply lines of taxpayer funding, young women seeking abortions, doctors willing to perform abortions, etc. We take our stand and cry out in prayer, “Lord manifest the siege of the abortion industry and this death decree.”
Ezekiel called for the siege of Jerusalem in a strange prophetic act, but then something amazing happened. In chapter 24, the Lord told him to mark the day on his calendar because a real siege had begun on the city. What started in prayer, then actually happened in reality.
On February 4 the New York Times ran a startling headline–“The Siege of Planned Parenthood.” Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, used this headline and declared to her entire email base that they were in fact under siege. I was so impacted by this headline. Who uses this kind of language? It was as though God was confirming to us that what we’ve been praying for all these years has now been made manifest. I marked that day on my calendar even as Ezekiel was told to do.
This siege has come in many forms, but all of them have erupted rather suddenly. The New York Times mentioned the Live Action undercover videos revealing Planned Parenthood aiding and abetting in sex trafficking. Fueled by the illegal activity revealed in the videos, many leaders in Congress are currently pushing to defund Planned Parenthood at the federal level. Associated Press quoted Guttmacher Institute yesterday saying, “It’s just this total onslaught…” in the article “Wave of anti-abortion bills advance in the states. ” The pro-abortion group NARAL tweeted that they are tracking 351 bills in the states related to abortion. In some states like South Dakota and Florida, unprecedented things are happening. By Planned Parenthood’s own admission the siege is real.
If you’re not already, I strongly encourage you to begin to pray for the ending of abortion. This is more than just a good idea; this is the heart of God. I believe that in the place of prayer God will reveal to you His heart for this and any hidden strategies He may have for you. Leave nothing to chance. Don’t wait to see what happens next. Join with God’s heart now and give yourself to fighting for the next generation and the destiny of this nation. Refuse to make peace with abortion. Lay siege to it, and it will be besieged! “A wise man attacks the city of the mighty and pulls down the stronghold in which they trust.” (Pr 21:22 NIV)