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

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

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

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

Praying for Wholeness from Washington, D.C.

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

Early Sunday mornings, you’ll find me driving through the Appalachians, praising and praying. It’s easy to praise God amidst such beauty!

Westward view of an Appalachian valley

Driving through the Appalachians means that I’m driving west. A week ago in my rearview mirror, I saw the beautiful oranges and yellows of the sunrise. I thought, “Hmm. Maybe I should have driven east this morning.”

An hour later, I got a text from my friend saying that she was praying in Washington, DC. “I just felt like I was supposed to pray here.”

That was my confirmation that I should have driven east, not west.

Praying in Washington, D.C.

The next day, Labor Day, my friend and others from our prayer group met in Washington, DC early in the morning to pray. We felt soooooo good after we prayed.

That’s right. We felt good about praying in Washington, DC despite the pandemic, despite the riots, and despite the elections.

Praying with the 40 Days for Life Campaign

Later in the week, I went to sign up for the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil at the nearby abortion facilities. The next prayer vigil is Sept 23-Nov 1. They’re already expecting a record turnout.

But my schedule and the available times slots do not match up. I thought, Well, I could go early on Sunday mornings—all three facilities are about as long of a drive as to DC. But I felt God encouraging me to pray in DC instead.

So, I intend to visit DC early on Sunday mornings throughout the fall 40 Days for Life campaign, praying for the women, men, and pre-born babies at abortion facilities across the country and around the world.

Praying at the Center of the Capital

Jefferson Pier with the Washington Monument in the background
Jefferson Pier sits just west of the Washington Monument. The White House to the north and the Capitol to the east sit at 90 degrees of each other with the endpoint of the right angle in the center of Jefferson Pier.

This morning, another friend from my prayer group met me in DC. We prayed at this little marker near the Washington Monument.

The marker is named Jefferson Pier after Thomas Jefferson, who wanted that spot to be the Prime Meridian. Clearly it did not become the Prime Meridian, but it does mark the center of the original diamond-shaped capital city of the U.S.

Today, Washington, DC is not diamond shaped. The diamond is cut along the Potomac River, cut by division on the issue of slavery.

Neither Washington, DC nor Virginia were free from slavery in the early 1800s, but Washington was soon to become free.

In what is now Alexandria, VA but then in the diamond-shaped DC was an auction block where our ancestors sold people who were stolen from their homes and transported against their will across the vast ocean to a land with a strange language and strange customs.

In the capital of the world’s first democracy, we proclaimed freedom and yet enslaved others.

Although our Declaration of Independence declared us free from Britain, it did not declare enslaved peoples free from colonists. And yet it did inspire Vermont to abolish slavery in its state constitution!

The Declaration of Independence inspired Vermont to abolish slavery in its state constitution.

Slowly, all the northern states ended slavery. Perhaps they, too, were inspired by the Declaration of Independence, which truly was revolutionary not just because it started the Revolutionary War but because there were no other people-led countries at that time. The United States inspired other countries to create their own democracies.

Those on the Virginia side of the Potomac saw that Washington would soon end slavery as well. They, however, did not want to lose their lucrative businesses that benefited from the slave trade, so for this and other reasons they requested retrocession—that the portion of DC west of the Potomac River be returned to Virginia. Money, not righteousness, won that day.

Now Washington, DC looks like a broken diamond. Isn’t that telling?

Washington, DC looks like a broken diamond.

Liberty

And so I will pray in Washington, DC in concert with the 40 Days for Life prayer warriors for the liberty of pre-born babies of every hue and their mothers and fathers. May they no longer be oppressed by death or by lies.

He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death and broke their chains in pieces.

Psalm 107:14 NKJV

Union

I will pray for union of families and for wholeness. May women and men no longer suffer from brokenness that leads to abortion.

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Psalm 147:3 NKJV

Justice

I will pray for justice for the mosaic of all the beautiful colors of our people. May justice and righteousness reign.

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

Amos 5:24 NASB

Undivided / Wholeness

The Washington, DC diamond by Dick Rabil, Slice-Works.com

I will pray for the wholeness of our country. May we no longer be divided but instead stand firm in union fighting for freedom.

It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.

Galatians 5:1 NASB

Let Us Pray Together

Join me. Sign up to pray at an abortion facility near you as part of the 40 Days for Life campaign. If you can’t go, then pray where you can be—in your own home.

Stay tuned for more details!

Let my next book be your guide to praying for the end of abortion, for true freedom, which is in Christ.

Worship to End Abortion: Your Prayer Guide releases this Friday!

Join me here (click follow), on Facebook, or on XAPiT as we read, pray, and worship together Sept 23-Nov 1 in concert with and in support of 40 Days for Life.

In Christ,

Cheryl

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I Lost to Pope Francis!

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

Before the pandemic, I entered my memoir, ReTested: The Story of a Post-Abortive Woman Called to Change the Conversation, in a contest. I had forgotten in part because the pandemic has changed so many plans for this year.

ReTested book cover: The Story of a Post-Abortive Woman Called to Change the Conversation by Cheryl Krichbaum, book 1 in the Faces of Abortion Series
Endorsed by Abby Johnson and Kim Ketola

Last night, I received an email that says ReTested is an Award-Winning Finalist in the Religion: Christian Inspirational category of the 2020 International Book Awards!

I’m so excited!

Then I checked to see who won that category—Pope Francis! What an honor to lose to the Pope!

Congratulations, Pope Francis for your book, On Faith, which is the winner of the Religion: Christian Inspirational category of the 2020 International Book Awards!

Stay tuned for my next book, Worship to End Abortion: Your Prayer Guide, which will release in September in time for us to pray alongside the 40 Days for Life fall campaign (Sept 23-Nov 1). The guide is apolitical and not associated with any denomination.

In Christ,

Cheryl

New Year’s Resolution for Life

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

Last year on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade—January 22, 2019—New York announced its late-term abortion law. They lit up their city in pink. We weren’t ready. Will we be ready for what happens this year?

Last year, everyone was surprised that any state would allow abortion right up to birth, but what they didn’t realize is that New York was not the first to make late-term abortion legal.

Then thanks to Virginia Governor Northam, it became very clear that abortion is murder. (Listen starting at minute 38 to WTOP’s Ask the Governor with Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam – Jan. 30, 2019.) It no longer matters whether the baby is in the womb or birthed. If the baby is unwanted, then it’s okay to murder her.

With that revelation, the undecided suddenly started paying attention to the debate.

We have spent this last year debating, arguing, and fighting about whether abortion should be legal.

Many states have liberalized their abortion laws.
Many states have made their abortion laws more conservative.

Are We Ready for the New Year & Sanctity of Life Month?

Once again, Sanctity of Life Month is upon us. Are we ready? Do we know how to talk…

  • to those who have not yet decided whether they are pro-life or pro-choice?
  • about the value of life while being kind?
    (speaking the truth in love!)
  • about the value of life without talking politics?

Skip Politics

As soon as we talk about abortion, people put us into a political conversation, assuming that we are all Republicans.

We are so divided politically. And some people think Republicans are heartless. Some people think we must get all of our social programs in order before we can end the legalization of abortion and assume that all Republicans are against social programs.

I hate politics because my elected officials don’t represent me. They represent their platform and the money that paid their way into office. I am not a Republican. I am not a Democrat. I refuse to choose any political party, but I always vote pro-life because if we don’t value life in the womb then we aren’t going to value the lives of those who need social programs (and my siblings are two of them—read ReTested for that story).

But I do support the Democrats for Life of America because I believe they are the key to changing laws. But they need more money than the Planned Parenthood lobbyists who pay for late-term abortion legislation.

Make Disciples

We must remember that the goal is not to convert people to a political party. The goal is to make disciples, which includes teaching Christ’s ways (Matthew 28:19-20). When people love Christ, they value life. When they value life, our politics will change.

Christians First

We must start with Christians. As many as 36% of abortions are by women who go to church at least once per month (“Abortion and the Church” by Care Net). It doesn’t matter which denomination. That number needs to be zero. We’re arrogant if we think God will rescue our country when we Christians don’t value life.

Teaching Christ’s Ways

We must stop pointing fingers and start teaching.

  • Can you point to more than Psalm 139?
  • Can you explain that Jesus was against abortion?
  • Can you point to verses in the New Testament?
  • Can you explain what abortion does spiritually to women and men who choose it?
  • Do you teach men (of every generation) to support and parent their children?
  • Are you talking to men about their responsibilities in this battle?
  • Are you praying for the end of sex trafficking?
  • Are you teaching men and women to stay away from porn?
  • Are you teaching the sanctity of sex to your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbors, and Sunday School students?
  • Is your heart prepared?
  • Are your prayers effective?

What is the Lord asking you to do in this battle for life?

Your New Year’s Resolution

Let me suggest two things:

  1. Make prayer and Worship to End Abortion your New Year’s resolution. The shop-amazonWorship to End Abortion: 40 Daily Prayers booklet provides you with sample prayers.Join the MybodyMyworship Group on Facebook to learn, pray, and worship together starting this Friday at 8:30 pm ET.

    Not on Facebook? Tell me in the comments below.

  2. Send me your questions about how to respond to what people say. I’ll use your questions and my recommended responses as blog posts, and then we can all support each other with suggestions in the comments.

Thank you for supporting life for defenseless babies and for the lost women and men who are scared, whose hearts are veiled, who are blind to the evil one and his schemes.

In Christ,

Cheryl

Grandmothers: 40 Days of Prayer Day 14

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

Let us continue to pray for the influencers. Today, let us concentrate on the Grandmothers—the mothers of the women who have a crisis pregnancy—are the #3 influence on a woman’s “choice.”

Father, Abba,

We cry out to You for all mothers, who have a great privilege and responsibility to raise Godly children.

We beg of You to pour out Your blessings on women, that they would feel Your love and attribute it to You. That they would praise Your name and trust in You.

The evil one is crafty. He’s a liar. He has convinced women that You and Your Son Jesus are against women when in fact Your Bible shows that Jesus treated women with love and care far over an above societal expectations.

Today, Christianity reveres women far more than other “religions.” I put “religions” in quotes because for me Christianity is not about the rules of religion but instead of the loving relationship I have with Christ.

I praise You, Lord that You love us so much that You want us to be close to You, to choose to be close to You. Open our hearts, Lord, to Your great love.

Lord, the fact that grandmothers, the mothers of women in a crisis pregnancy, support and even pressure their daughters to abort just shows how pervasive the lie of Roe v Wade is.

Everyone who turns 64 this year has known Roe v Wade their entire adult lives. For those raised in New York, Hawaii, Alaska, and Washington, they have known legalized abortion even longer.

I am so sad to say that when the pro-choice movement says that abortion is normal, they are not far from the truth. Because abortion is pervasive, many believe it is normal. With 25% of our women having an abortion by age 45, it feels normal.

But there is nothing normal about killing life inside of us.

Lord, I plead for not just those in their 20s who are the age group most likely to abort, but for all ages because we all need to re-learn what is truth.

Lord, I plead that You would embolden Christian women to mentor and teach all generations that Your love is meant for all people, not just men; that “being caught” pregnant is not a punishment from You but a blessing from You; that You are for women, not against them.

And, Father, teach us to forgive. Teach us to forgive men for not being responsible. Teach us to forgive men for all that we blame on them. Heal our bitterness and return oneness to our relationships.

In Jesus’ Name,

Cheryl