Day 1 of 40 Days of Worship to End Abortion

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

It’s Day 1 of 40 Days of Worship to End Abortion! Let’s do this!

Stock Up!

Get out your copy of Worship to End Abortion: Your Prayer Guide , which is available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. If you prefer to read a paper book, order your copy now!

Or order the Worship to End Abortion Online Experience.

You can choose to watch the video, read the text, or listen to audio. You can follow links to my two favorite Bible resources, Bible Gateway and Blue Letter Bible, as well as all my footnoted citations and resources.

In addition, I’ll be interviewing people throughout the 40 days, and you can access those videos as well as the interviews from last fall from within the course.

Prepare Your Prayer Closet

Designate a place in your home for your prayer time then get it set up the way that you like it.

If you’re like me, then you like to be cozy when you spend time with God. My prayer closet includes a comfy chair, a window, and a blanket. My coffee and tea mugs stand ready!

Get your Bible, your journal, and your favorite pen. Alternatively, get your technology ready and make sure you can charge it when needed.

Get your music! Create playlists on whichever technology you use. Add songs that focus on God, not worldly issues.

Praise

Let’s praise God right now for what He will accomplish on our behalf through these 40 days: Garment of Praise by Robin Mark

Share

Invite your Christian friends to take the Pro-Life Challenge  so that they, too, worship to end abortion with us during these 40 Days. We will:

  • pray together
  • learn together
  • share together
  • worship together

When you and your friends join the challenge, you’ll receive “Remember the Man Caught in Adultery,” a chapter from Worship to End Abortion: Your Prayer Guide.

Prayer

Here is a sample Armor of God prayer. It’s our Day 1 prayer. Let’s get ready for spiritual battle!

Day 1 Armor of God Prayer

Ephesians 6:10-18, Proverbs 18:10

Lord,

I praise you that I am strong in You and that I am in the power of Your might. Today, I put on the whole armor that You gave me so that I am able to stand against the schemes, strategies, and deceits of the devil. I take up the whole armor so that I am able to withstand evil, having done all that crisis demands, to stand victorious.

Thank You for girding my waist with truth. I confess my sins to You now so that my breastplate of righteousness is securely in place, protecting all my vital organs. Thank You that my feet are firmly grounded with the gospel of peace.

Thank You for reminding me throughout the day to defend myself by using the shield of faith to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. Thank You for my helmet of salvation, which protects my mind. Thank You for the sword of the Spirit, the word of God, my only offensive piece of armor.

Thank You for reminding me to pray and ask in the Spirit throughout the day, staying alert for all of Your people.

Prayer for 40 Days for Life

Lord,

I stand firm for those who are praying and counseling at abortion facilities around the world. Remind them to put on their armor every day so that they withstand and stand victorious.

I praise You for girding these prayer warriors with the truth. Protect their hearts and minds. Thank you for grounding them in the gospel of peace.

Give each of them strong shields to quench every fiery dart of wickedness. Thank you for equipping them with the sword of the Spirit.

Your name is a strong tower, Lord. The righteous run inside it and are safe. We bring you the 40 Days for Life prayer warriors. Thank You for keeping them safe. Standing firm in Your name we pray,

Amen.

In Christ,

Cheryl

Best Pro-Life Bible Verse

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

With all that’s in the U.S. news, you may not remember that it is Sanctity of Life Month.

Let’s not forget that January 22 is the 48th anniversary of Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton. And remember that four states and the District of Columbus legalized elective abortion before Roe and Doe.

In an effort to never forget the millions of babies legally murdered, spend some time this weekend to review the best pro-life Bible verses.

More Than Psalm 139

Psalm 139 is the most quoted pro-life Bible verse, but the New Testament has more convincing proof that God values the lives of the pre-born.

If you’re not sure God is pro-life, read the following verses in both the Old Testament and the New Testament.

David

For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;
Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.

(Psalm 139:13-16 NASB)

Upon You I was cast from birth; You have been my God from my mother’s womb. 
(Psalm 22:10 NASB)

Jeremiah

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you.” 
(Jeremiah 1: 5a NASB)

Job

“Didn’t He who made me in the womb make him, and the same One fashion us in the womb?” 
(Job 31:15 NASB)

Twins Jacob & Esau

The children (Jacob and Esau) struggled together within her, and she said,  “If so, why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord.
(Genesis 25:22 ESV)

In the womb he (Jacob) took his brother by the heel.
(Hosea 12: 3a NASB).

And not only this, but there was Rebekah also, when she had conceived twins by one man, our father Isaac; for though the twins (Jacob and Esau) were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that God’s purpose according to His choice would stand, not because of works but because of Him who calls.
(Romans 9:10-11 NASB)

Sampson

And he told her all his heart, and said to her, “A razor has never come upon my head, for I have been a Nazirite to God from my mother’s womb. If my head is shaved, then my strength will leave me, and I shall become weak and be like any other man.” 
(Judges 16:17 ESV)

Jesus

Listen to Me, O islands, 
And pay attention, you peoples from afar. 
The Lord called Me from the womb; 
From the body of My mother He named Me. 

(Isaiah 49: 1 NASB)

And now says the Lord, who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant, to bring Jacob back to Him, so that Israel might be gathered to Him for I am honored in the sight of the Lord, and My God is My strength.
(Isaiah 49: 5 NASB)

Paul

But when God, who had set me apart even from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, was pleased…
(Galatians 1:15 NASB)

All People

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.
(Psalm 127:3 ESV)

What may be more convincing is this verse about God knowing all the people of Israel before they were born:

Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, and the one who formed you from the womb, “I, the Lord, am the maker of all things, stretching out the heavens by Myself and spreading out the earth all alone.
(Isaiah 44:24 NASB)

Best Pro-Life Bible Verses

The best pro-life Bible verses are in the New Testament. These verses require a little knowledge of Greek, but fortunately we can look up Greek meanings using the Blue Letter Bible website.

The New Testament was written in Greek. The Greek word  brephos  is used to refer to both a pre-born baby (Luke 1:41, 44) and children (Luke 18: 15-17). Luke was a doctor.

When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby (brephos) leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 
(Luke 1:41, 44 ESV)

And they were even bringing their babies (brephos) to Him so He would touch them, but when the disciples saw it, they started rebuking them. But Jesus called for them, saying, “Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.” 
(Luke 18: 15-17 NASB)

You’ll find these verses and more resources at MybodyMyworship.com.

In Christ,

Cheryl

Briana’s Take on Worship to End Abortion

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

Thankful Thursday!

Thank you, Briana, for endorsing my latest book! Learn more about Worship to End Abortion: Your Prayer Guide.

In Christ,

Cheryl

(Accidentally) Praying with a Small Church Gathering in Washington, DC

They smiled and greeted me. “Yes! We’re going to be here every Sunday until elections.”

“Me, too! And I’m thinking the Sunday after elections as well.”

“That’s probably when we need prayer the most,” one man responded.

I agreed. While they prayed in their native tongue, I lifted their prayers to the Lord. Then I prayed for unity.

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

Today, a church was praying at the Jefferson Pier in Washington, DC.

A week ago, the same group was praying down on the sidewalk while when my friend Kathi and I prayed at the Pier.

I say “down” because there’s a retaining wall at the Pier, so that sidewalk is down lower than the Pier, and we have to climb up the wall to get to the Pier.

When the church was done praying and singing, Kathi and I stopped our praying to tell them about the Pier and to invite them to surround the Pier for one more prayer before they left. They accepted, and we prayed together for the unity of these United States.

It was beautiful!

Praying from the Center of the Capital

Jefferson Pier is a 2-foot high marker near the Washington Monument. It marks the geographic center of the original diamond-shaped Washington, DC. When we pray there, we feel like we’re praying over all of the U.S.

[Read more about Jefferson Pier in my previous blog post, “Praying for Wholeness from Washington, D.C.“]

In the center of the Pier, you can see small indentations pointing north, south, east, and west. The north points directly at the White House. The east points directly at the Capitol. That’s no accident. L’Enfant purposely put the White House and the Capitol at a right angle from each other when he designed the city.

Praying for Unity

Today, the church climbed the retaining wall shortly before I did. “You’re back!” I said.

They smiled and greeted me. “Yes! We’re going to be here every Sunday until elections.”

“Me, too! And I’m thinking the Sunday after elections as well.”

“That’s probably when we need prayer the most,” one man responded.

I agreed. While they prayed in their native tongue, I lifted their prayers to the Lord. Then I prayed for unity.

Praying Confessions

Those of us praying in concert with the 40 Days for Life campaign using Worship to End Abortion: Your Prayer Guide will be praying tomorrow for our country like Daniel prayed for the Judeans while they were still in captivity.

Cheryl at Jefferson Pier with her prayer guide;; the Washington Monument in the background
Jefferson Pier is a small marker near the Washington Monument, marking the geographic center of the original diamond-shaped Washington, DC.

Tuesday, we’ll ask God’s forgiveness for the U.S.’s abortion history.

That’s what I felt compelled to pray today over these United States—prayers of confession on behalf of all the people.

The first prayer is adapted from Daniel’s prayer in chapter 9:4-19. The second prayer is of repentance over our abortion history. Here’s an excerpt from the Daniel prayer:

Lord, You are righteous, but this day we are covered with shame—the people of our country and Christians both near and far in all the countries where you have scattered us. We, our political leaders, and our ancestors are covered with shame, Lord, because we have sinned against You through extramarital sex, unfair treatment of those caught in adultery, and abortion.

Praying for Worship Warriors

I also prayed for the spiritual freedom, spiritual protection, and spiritual revelation of God-given identities for all the people in our private prayer group and all who read Worship to End Abortion.

I invite you to join us!

In Christ,

Cheryl

An Abortion Survivor’s Take on My Latest Book

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

Thankful Thursday!

Jennifer Milbourn has a smile that won’t quit! Pretty amazing given her story of forgiving her mother for trying to abort her.

I met her last March, and I was able to say, “I’m sorry.” That led to another post-abortive woman saying she was sorry. A great deal of healing happened that night.

Jennifer and I became instant friends. Imagine that—a woman who survived an abortion and a woman who aborted her daughter—friends.

Thank you, Jennifer, for your friendship and for endorsing my latest book, Worship to End Abortion: Your Prayer Guide.

In Christ,

Cheryl

Abortion Survivor Jennifer Milbourn Talks about Forgiveness

Facebook Friday & Forgiveness
9 ET, 8 CT, 7 MT, 6 PT
with Abortion Survivor Jennifer Milbourn and Post-Abortive Cheryl Krichbaum

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

Facebook Friday this week will be about forgiveness.

My friend Jennifer Milbourn, Vacuum Aspiration Abortion Survivor, will join me on Facebook Live in the Worship to End Abortion private group.

Those of us reading Worship to End Abortion: Your Prayer Guide have been forgiving people all week, so of course Jennifer and I are going to talk about forgiveness.

Join the group to watch the interview! (Be sure to answer all the group questions.)

Jennifer Milbourn, abortion survivor
Jennifer Milbourn, abortion survivor

In Christ,

Cheryl

Praying for Our Country’s Healing

We are a country of the people, by the people, for the people. Our leaders—elected by us—reflect us. Let that sink in.

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

While in Washington, DC this morning. my friend Kathi and I prayed for you, the people of the United States, to be healed—not from COVID-19 but from bitterness and unforgiveness.

Why? Because our country is full of anger and bitterness. For our country’s circumstances to change, we need to forgive and be set free.

John F. Kennedy famously said, “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” Right now, what you can do for your country is worship God and then pray for this country’s people.

Yes, pray for our leaders as the Bible says (see 1 Timothy 2 and other verses). We are a country of the people, by the people, for the people.* When we pray for the people, we pray for our leaders. Our leaders—elected by us—reflect us.

Let that sink in.

Abraham Lincoln, when faced with the Southern states seceding, put keeping our country in union above all else because he did not want our country to perish. Looking at our roles in World Wars 1 and 2, we can see how we benefitted by being in union.

When Pres. Lincoln said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand,” he reflected what Jesus said in Mark 3:25.

If we are to not perish,* then we need to not be divided. To not be divided we, the people, need to not be full of anger or bitterness for each other. Therefore, pray for the people to let go of anger and bitterness.

Pray that we, the people, forgive others to let go of our anger.

Pray that we, the people, forgive others to let go of all bitterness.

Pray that we, the people, do not let any new root of bitterness take hold (see Hebrews 12:14-15).

Freedom. When we release our anger and bitterness, we are freed!

Start by freeing yourself. Forgive whomever angers you right now. Name your bitterness, identify whom you hold responsible for “the reason” behind your bitterness, and forgive him or her. Then ask God to bless those you forgave.

Once you are freed from bitterness and anger, then pray that others do the same for we cannot effectively pray for others to receive what we do not ourselves possess (James 5:16). Start with your own family. Then your church family. Then your communities—workplaces, neighborhoods, and friends.

May this nation, under God, have a new birth of freedom* in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!

Worship to End Abortion book cover

This week, in Worship to End Abortion: Your Prayer Guide, we are reading “Forgive and Be Set Free” and then forgiving others through prayer. Get your copy of the prayer guide and join us in spirit. (For those of you on Facebook, join us in the Worship to End Abortion private group.)

In Christ,

Cheryl’s signature
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President Lincoln in his Gettysburg Address, said, “It is for us, the living… to be dedicated to the great task remaining before us… That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Faye’s Perspective on Worship to End Abortion

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

Thankful Thursday!

Thank you, Faye, for endorsing my latest book, Worship to End Abortion: Your Prayer Guide!

In Christ,

Cheryl

Tonight! Interviewing After the Abortion Photographer Angela Forker

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

If you’re on Facebook, join the Worship to End Abortion private group right now—and don’t forget to answer the membership questions!

Because tonight I’m interviewing Angela Forker! (and we have amazing ASL translator Pam joining us!)

me with Angela Forker, photographer extraordinaire
Photo by Angela Forker
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  • 8 pm CDT
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  • 6 pm PDT
  • 5 pm in Alaska!

In Christ,

Serena’s Perspective on Worship to End Abortion

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

It’s thankful Thursday! Thank you to Serena Dyksen for endorsing my latest book, Worship to End Abortion: Your Prayer Guide!

In Christ,

Cheryl