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

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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  • 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

RBG & the Man Caught in Adultery

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

You may not expect me, a pro-lifer, to pay homage to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but if it weren’t for her, I might not have the skillset I do to get information out to you.

Why is that?

Because Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought many court cases in the 1970s that got women equal rights to work.

Yes, it’s true that since then she has not aligned with Judeo-Christian values. Unfortunately, she left her Jewish upbringing behind.

But let us honor her for the good that she did do.

Worship to End Abortion: Your Prayer Guide

Let us also consider how different history would be if women had equal rights to work before Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton made it to the Supreme Court.

Ironically, I mentioned Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s work in my new book, Worship to End Abortion: Your Prayer Guide, which released on the day she passed away. (Also interesting: sunset that day was the start of Rosh Hashanah.) Here’s an excerpt:

Remember the Man Caught in Adultery

Jesus, He who brings justice (Luke 18:7-8, John 8:10-11), open my mind to understand the Scriptures (Luke 24:45).

Humiliated

John 8:1-11

Early in the morning, Jesus went to the temple. People began crowding around Him in the Temple court, and He began to teach them.

A commotion interrupted Jesus’ teaching. The crowd turned to see scribes and Pharisees pulling a woman with disheveled hair into the court. “Let go of me! Leave me alone!” Then she saw Jesus and stood quietly, ashamed. Jesus looked at the woman’s face with compassion, but she would not look up.

A Pharisee said, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act.”

Another said, “In the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. What then do You say?” The scribes and Pharisees were testing Jesus so that they might have grounds for accusing Him.

The scribes and Pharisees were referring to Leviticus 20:10 and Deuteronomy 22:22, which say that both “the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.” Jesus knew The Law, so He knew the adulterer was missing from this accusation.

Yet He doesn’t say a word. Instead, He draws their attention away from the woman’s nakedness and down to the ground. Perhaps Jesus gave a knowing look to the 12 who quietly covered the woman’s nakedness. Everyone got closer to see what He was writing in the sand. Someone near Jesus read His words out loud, and one-by-one the woman’s accusers—the older ones first—walked away from the woman, who was in the center of the court. They didn’t leave the crowd, of course, because they wanted to see what Jesus would do.

What did He write in the sand? We don’t know. Perhaps He quoted scripture (see 1 Timothy 3:16-17).

Jesus straightened up, looked the woman in the eye, and said, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?”

She said, “No one, Lord.”

And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go and sin no more.”

What Man?

I purposely named the title of this chapter “Remember the Man Caught in Adultery” to get you to ask, “What man?”

Exactly. Where is the man who was caught in the very act of adultery? The Law of Moses said that both the man and the woman should be stoned (Leviticus 10:10), yet the man was not accused.

Jesus elegantly distracted the crowd from the woman’s shame, brought about justice, and showed her the path of righteousness.

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8

Today, women pregnant out of wedlock are the obvious sinners because their growing bellies are like the Scarlet Letters of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s book. Men who have extramarital sex are harder to identify. Not only that, but men who are philanderers are often looked upon as studs.

Pro-choice women recognize the unfairness.

1960s

Let’s go back to the 1960s, the decade before Roe v Wade. The counterculture of the 1960s included the free love movement, which argued that sex freely entered into should not be judged by The Church or regulated by law. The result of the free love movement? Promiscuity.

What happens when couples have sex? Women get pregnant. It’s simple biology.

Remember, though, that in the 1960s, women did not have equal rights to work, and single moms did not receive child support from their children’s father, if they knew who the father was.

Gut check: When you read “if she knew who the father was,” did you begin judging her? Remember that promiscuity applies to both women and men. The men with whom she had sex probably had multiple sex partners and may have been happy to be anonymous. We need to acknowledge that both women and men participate in extramarital sex, so we either judge both of them or leave the judging for God.

“Do not judge so that you will not be judged.”

Jesus in Matthew 7:1

In the 1960s, my mom was in her 20s. My parents were married, and my dad was finishing his degree, so my mom’s income was their main income. She worked for an upscale department store but couldn’t be promoted to management because she was married and had two children at home (my sister and brother).

Mom became pregnant with me in early 1969, months before my dad finished his degree. By this time, she worked for the church and worked only through her first trimester “because that’s the way it was back then.”

1970s

In the 1970s, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the ACLU went to court trying case-after-case, resulting in women’s equal rights to work. Watch the 2019 movie “On the Basis of Sex, ” which is a snapshot of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life. It’s a good reminder of what life was like for women in the 1970s. While watching, remember that Roe v Wade was decided January 22, 1973.

When the feminist movement changed from being pro-life to pro-choice, women thought abortion would be rare but necessary so that women were not left destitute because they couldn’t work and they couldn’t insist that the baby’s father support them and their children. Allowing abortion seemed the fair thing to do for women. (See “When Abortion Suddenly Stopped Making Sense” by Frederica Matthewes-Green.)

The Woman Caught in Adultery
Jesus Saves a Woman from Injustice

Why do we call this Bible story “The Woman Caught in Adultery”? Jesus did not give it that title. The Apostle John, who wrote that gospel, did not give it that title. In truth, an editor wrote that title.

Well, I’m an editor, and I propose a new title:

“Jesus Saves a Woman from Injustice”

Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

Amos 5:24

— End Excerpt —

Start a Conversation

You can open up conversations with those who disagree with you about abortion by acknowledging their feelings—right now—about Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Perhaps that will lead to a loving conversation about how the pro-choice movement seeks justice for women whereas the pro-life movement seeks justice for pre-born babies and women.

Let’s Pray

This morning, I was in Washington, D.C. praying, which has become my Sunday morning routine. My prayer was something like this:

Father, our just and merciful judge, thank You for this opportunity to restore Your justice to the Supreme Court and to return law-making to Congress.

Send peace and calm, Father, across these United States as we follow our process of appointing a just Judge to the vacant seat.

Lord, pave the way for the Godly, pro-life women whom You have qualified for this seat, for who better to overturn Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton than women.

Standing firmly in Jesus’ name, Amen!

In Christ,

Cheryl