Pray for Your Country Like Daniel Prayed for the Israelites

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

During this pandemic, I am writing. Before I write book 2 in the Faces of Abortion Series, I feel compelled to turn the Worship to End Abortion prayer booklet into a book, providing the teachings that explain why we should pray in this way.

Day 17 in the 40 daily prayers is “Pray for Your Country,” in whichever country you live. I’m including my draft of that chapter below because it feels so appropriate that we pray like Daniel right now during the pandemic.

Taken

Screams and yelling were heard as foreign soldiers drove advisors, legislators, and royalty of every age to the leader of the raid, King Nebuchadnezzar. He commanded and the soldiers obeyed. The captives were herded north and then followed the Euphrates river down to Babylon. It was a long walk, perhaps two months’ time.

The Babylonian roads were littered with people. The palace was a marvel to see. A beautiful garden seemed to hang on the tier. Oh, but to rest in that splendor!

The captives were given water while the king barked orders. His words were unfamiliar, but it was clear that he ordered Ashpenaz to choose from among the men—royalty, good-looking young men who showed knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. Among those chosen were Hananiah, Mishael, Azariah, and Daniel.

Before the raid, the young men had their whole lives ahead of them. They had studied the scriptures, their history, and how to govern. They were destined to advise the King of Judah and administrate under his leadership. Until the raid, that was King Jehoiakim.

The chosen young men quickly learned the language and literature of their captors. King Nebuchadnezzar sent food and wine from his own table and commanded that after three years, they would serve him.

Eating the king’s food and adding to their scholarly endeavors was better than the exile for most of their fellow Judeans, but they missed their families, the holy city of Jerusalem, and the beauty of Solomon’s temple.

And they were given new names, names that honored the foreign god Bel (Baal). No longer Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah but instead Shadrach, Mesach, and Abednigo. Daniel was renamed Belteshazzar—from “God is my judge” to “Bel’s treasurer.” (Daniel 1:1-7)

The Daniel Diet

Daniel knew that the king’s food was unclean according to the Law of Moses, and he did not want to dishonor God. Daniel approached Ashpenaz, asking permission to eat food that allowed him to keep his promise to God.

“Daniel, you are my favorite, but do not ask this of me. I cannot lose favor with the king. He assigned your food. Why should he see you weaker than others your age. It is my life that I may lose.”

“Please test my friends and me for ten days. Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare us with the young men who eat the king’s food. See how we look. After that, treat us according to what you see.”

The chief official agreed. After 10 days, he was surprised. Hananiah, Mishael, Azariah, and Daniel looked healthier than the men who ate the royal food. So from that time on, they ate vegetables and water to honor God.

God gave the four young men knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and wisdom. To Daniel, He also gave understanding of visions and dreams.

At the end of the three years, Ashpenaz presented all the young men to King Nebuchadnezzar, but he was most impressed by Hananiah, Mishael, Azariah, and Daniel, so he chose them to serve him.

In every matter, the king found the four men to have understanding and wisdom ten times greater than all the Babylonian magicians and astrologers. (Daniel 1:8-20)

Daniel served the king while remaining righteous in the sight of the Lord. He interpreted King Nebuchadnezzar’s dreams and served him well.

After the king died, King Belshazzar ruled for a short time before the Persians conquered the Babylonians.

Daniel’s Righteousness

By this time, Daniel was over 80 years old. King Darius, the Persian, ruled and quickly observed the wisdom of Daniel, making him one of the three top administrators. Because of his extraordinary spirit, Daniel became even more distinguished, so King Darius planned to put him above all, only second to the king himself.

The administrators and those who reported to them were jealous and began looking for evidence that Daniel was corrupt but to no avail. They said, “We will not find any ground of accusation against this Daniel unless we find it against him with regard to the law of his God.”

They devised a new plan and approached King Darius, saying:

“King Darius, live forever! All the commissioners of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the high officials and the governors have consulted together that the king should establish a statute and enforce an injunction that anyone who makes a petition to any god or man besides you, O king, for thirty days, shall be cast into the lions’ den. Now, O king, establish the injunction and sign the document so that it may not be changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which may not be revoked.” (Daniel 6:6-8 NASB)

Their appeal to the king’s pride succeeded, and King Darius signed the injunction.

Daniel, knowing the document was signed, entered the roof chamber of his house and knelt before the west windows, which were open toward Jerusalem, three times a day, praying and giving thanks before God just as he had done before. He was easily caught. (Daniel 6:1-11)

The administrators and those who reported to them approached the king again.

“Did you not sign an injunction that any man who makes a petition to any god or man besides you, O king, for thirty days, is to be cast into the lions’ den?”

The king replied, “The statement is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which may not be revoked.”

Then they answered and spoke before the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, O king, or to the injunction which you signed, but keeps making his petition three times a day.”

Then, as soon as the king heard this statement, he was deeply distressed and set his mind on delivering Daniel; and even until sunset he kept exerting himself to rescue him. Then these men came by agreement to the king and said to the king, “Recognize, O king, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians that no injunction or statute which the king establishes may be changed.”

Then the king gave orders, and (80+ year old) Daniel was brought in and cast into the lions’ den. The king spoke and said to Daniel, “Your God whom you constantly serve will Himself deliver you.”

A stone was brought and laid over the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the signet rings of his nobles, so that nothing would be changed in regard to Daniel.

Then the king went off to his palace and spent the night fasting, and no entertainment was brought before him; and his sleep fled from him.

Then the king arose at dawn, at the break of day, and went in haste to the lions’ den. When he had come near the den to Daniel, he cried out with a troubled voice. The king spoke and said to Daniel, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you constantly serve, been able to deliver you from the lions?”

Then Daniel spoke to the king, “O king, live forever! My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths and they have not harmed me, inasmuch as I was found innocent before Him; and also toward you, O king, I have committed no crime.”

Then the king was very pleased and gave orders for Daniel to be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den and no injury whatever was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.

The king then gave orders, and they brought those men who had maliciously accused Daniel, and they cast them, their children and their wives into the lions’ den; and they had not reached the bottom of the den before the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.

Then Darius the king wrote to all the peoples, nations, and men of every language who were living in all the land:

“May your peace abound! I make a decree that in all the dominion of my kingdom men are to fear and tremble before the God of Daniel.

“For He is the living God and enduring forever, And His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed, And His dominion will be forever. He delivers and rescues and performs signs and wonders In heaven and on earth, Who has also delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.”

So this Daniel enjoyed success in the reign of Darius and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian. (Daniel 6:12-28 NASB)

Daniel was over 80 years old when he was put in the lions’ den, yet the Lord sent an angel to shut the lions’ mouths because Daniel was found innocent in God’s eyes. 80 years to sin and confess, sin and confess, and he had nothing left to confess, no one left to forgive—he was innocent.

Identifying with the People

Yet around the same time, Daniel fasted in sackcloth and ashes praying, “We have sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly, rebelled, turned aside from Your ordinances, and have not listened to Your prophets” (Daniel 9:5-6) and “Open shame belongs to us” (Daniel 9:8).

Daniel was clearly a righteous man, so innocent that not one scratch from a lion was found on him (Daniel 6:23), yet he did not pray saying “the people have sinned” nor “open shame belong to them.”

Instead, he identified himself with his people as he confessed their sins and petitioned the Lord to rebuild the city of Jerusalem, not for any merits of his or the people’s but because of God’s great compassion (Daniel 9:18).

Let us be like Daniel: innocent yet identifying with our country full of people who have sinned.

Suggested Prayer

The following prayer is from Daniel 9:4-19 but adapted to today’s abortion pandemic.

Lord, You are my great and awesome God. You keep Your covenant of love with those who love You and choose Your ways.

Lord, we have sinned and done wrong.
We have been wicked and have rebelled;
we have turned away from Your ways.
We have not listened to You or those who speak in Your name.

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 extra-marital sex, unfair treatment of those caught in adultery, and abortion.

Lord our God, You are merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against You. We have not obeyed You or kept Your ways of purity before, during, and after marriage between one man and one woman “until death do us part.” We have turned away, refusing to choose You.

Therefore, the consequences have poured out on us because we have sinned against You. Consequences have come on us, yet we have not sought the favor of the Lord our God by turning from our sins and giving attention to Your truth. You are righteous in everything You do, yet we have not obeyed You.

Lord our God, who broke us free with a mighty hand and who made for Yourself a name that endures to this day, we have sinned. We have done wrong.

Lord, in keeping with all your righteous acts, turn away Your anger and Your wrath from us. Our sins and the iniquities of our ancestors have made Christians an object of scorn to all those around us.

Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of Your servants. For your sake, Lord, look with favor on your desolate people. Give ear, our God, and hear; open Your eyes and see the desolation of our country. We do not make requests of You because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy.

Lord, listen!
Lord, forgive!
Lord, hear and act!
For Your sake, my God, do not delay, because your people bear Your Name.

In Christ,

Cheryl

47 Years of Legally Murdering Our Firstborn

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

Today, January 22, 2020, is the 47th anniversary of Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton.

This is how I feel…

We must pray and worship for the end of abortion. We win this spiritual battle through Christ!

Join me in prayer.

Worship to End Abortion: 40 Daily Prayers

Available exclusively on Amazon

In Christ,

Cheryl

Biblical Reasons for the Sanctity of Life

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

If your pastor preached on the sanctity of life, I would love to hear his/her sermon! Please post links in the comments below.

To equip you with Bible verses on the sanctity of pre-born life and to explain the spiritual consequences of abortion, I recorded a video. Below the video, you’ll find links to resources.

Resources

Best Pro-Life Bible Verses

Spiritual Effects of Abortion

Find post-abortion healing classes at your local pregnancy resource center. You’ll find links to USA and international directories and much more on my website.

Worship to End Abortion: 40 Daily Prayers

In Christ,

Cheryl

Pray for Post-Abortive Women & Men

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

This Sunday is Sanctity of Life Sunday. I praise the pastors who are brave enough to address abortion from the pulpit, and I’m looking forward to hearing all the recordings of what they say!

Will Everyone Show Up?

But most post-abortive women won’t be there.

Women who have not yet healed from their abortions may avoid church on Sunday.

Many post-abortive women won’t go to church at all because they don’t think they are worthy of God’s love.

Many post-abortive women in and out of The Church think abortion is the unforgivable sin.

We need to pray for these women!

Post-Abortive Men, Too

…and for the men who pressured, supported, or coerced women to have abortions.

Often, men don’t realize that their souls are suffering because of their role in abortion, so let’s pray that sermons preached this Sunday open their hearts to the Holy Spirit’s leading.

Let’s Pray & Worship for the End of Abortion

Worship to End Abortion: 40 Daily Prayers
This 30-page booklet will guide you through prayer and worship to end abortion. An Amazon exclusive.

Let’s pray that post-abortive women everywhere trust the agape love of the Lord to forgive them of all of their sins so that they can live close to the Lord in complete righteousness for the rest of their days here on earth (e.g., no more abortions or extramarital sex) as well as for eternity.

Friends, there are not enough people from this generation going to heaven!

We need to do our part in praying and worshiping for:

  • the end of abortion
  • complete healing for all post-abortive women and men (even the angry ones)
  • our churches to be welcoming to the millions of women and men who have been hurt by abortion

That’s what the Great Commission looks like!

Note to Post-Abortive Women & Men

If you have had an abortion, be kind to yourself as you follow God’s leading to complete healing.

Healing is a process. Participating in a post-abortion healing class is part of the process.

Contact your local pregnancy resource center to get enrolled. This time of year, they get a lot of calls, so they are likely starting a new class soon. Don’t hesitate. You’re worth it!

If you’d like to know my healing story, read ReTested: The Story of a Post-Abortive Woman Called to Change the Conversation.

In Christ,

Cheryl

Pray for Pastors Ahead of Sanctity of Life Sunday

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

We have a busy week starting with the Women’s March on Saturday and ending with the March for Life the following Friday.

Are you praying and worshiping for the end of abortion?

This weekend is not only Martin Luther King Jr Day but also Sanctity of Life Sunday.Cheryl as the walking deadjoy sucked right out of Cheryl

Please pray for pastors as they prepare their sanctity of life sermons.

Many pastors shy away from preaching about abortion because they view it as a political issue. But first and foremost, it’s a spiritual issue!

Please encourage your pastor! Don’t badger him or her! Just share your support.

And if you’re a pastor looking for more Bible verses beyond Psalm 139 or want another perspective on God’s love for life, visit these two pages:

And you are always welcome to contact me for a testimony or to ask me questions.

In Christ,

Cheryl

Pro-Choice Movement Stuck in the 60s & 70s

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

I recently watched the movie “On the Basis of Sex,” the story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. And you should watch it, too, because you need to understand your audience.

The movie is well done, and it reminds us of our history.

I don’t particularly care for the ACLU today, and I am greatly disappointed that Ruth Bader Ginsburg is for pro-abortion laws.

But Ruth Bader Ginsberg and the ACLU did a lot of legal work in the 1970s to give women and men equal rights. And for that, we should be grateful.

But I stopped and thought about all the things I hear the pro-choice movement say today.

I thought about Alyssa Milano‘s announcement of her two abortions and everything she had to say against men.

And I realize that it’s as if the pro-choice movement is stuck in the 1960s and 70s, thinking that women do not have equal rights.

How ridiculous!

But it’s worse. The pro-choice movement—led by women like Gloria Steinem, who actually remembers what it was like in the 1970s—keep telling the younger generations that we women don’t have equal rights. Or that sex is unfair.

Really? Haven’t they noticed?

It’s the age of women!

Women are in leadership roles.

Women have all sorts of legal protections for having children and working in whatever kind of job they want.

Women have been very successful with babies on their hips. Ask Taraji P Henson!

It seems that women are upset that men can have sex and walk away, but women can’t. That’s what I heard Alyssa Milano say. That’s the new equal rights they are fighting to keep.

The pro-choice movement is fighting to keep the right to have sex with anyone and everyone and still be able to walk away from both the responsibility of a child and the relationship with their sex partner.

What the pro-choice movement doesn’t seem to realize is that once they have an abortion, they are spiritually dead.

Their souls are dead.

They have no conscience. Or, they become depressed—cutting, drinking, drugs…

Is this not oppressive of who we are as women?

Why would we allow anyone to oppress us? This is the age of women!

Abortion oppresses women.

And men benefit from abortion!

They don’t have to pay child support. They don’t have to parent. They don’t have to be tied to the mother of their children for the rest of their lives.

Abortion allows men to go around and have sex with whoever they want without any legal consequences.

So, pro-choice movement, listen up! Abortion allows men to oppress you. Don’t allow anyone to oppress you. Do not let him convince you to have an abortion.

Tell him to man up and get a job.

Rant over.

In Christ,

Cheryl

P. S. to pro-life men, please influence pro-choice men!

2020 Year of Pro-Life Men?

Dear Christians Sisters and Brothers,

Abby Johnson declared 2020 the year of the man’s voice in the abortion debate.

But pro-choice women will just continue to get mad at pro-life men–just ask Alyssa Milano.

What we need are pro-life men teaching pro-abortion men! Because men have a great deal to gain by keeping abortion legal.

With abortion, a man doesn’t have to pay child support.

With abortion, a man doesn’t have to take time to parent his children.

With abortion, a man can walk away from the relationship at any time.

Children tie a man down.

So what we really need is to convince men to change their thinking–to be pro-life.

According to a study by Care Net, men are the most influential on a woman’s choice. So even though women don’t want to admit it, baby daddies are the biggest influencer.

We need good Christian men influencing spiritually lost men for life and for Christ.

In Christ,

Cheryl

Featured in After the Abortion Photography Series

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

On my way to an author conference, I drove to Fort Wayne, IN to dress up like a zombie—not for Halloween but for the After the Abortion Photography Series by Angela Forker, featured on Facebook.zombie-cheryl

In my book, ReTested: The Story of a Post-Abortive Woman Called to Change the Conversation, I describe my abortion to be as perfect as the pro-choice movement promised, but I also explain how I later realized that my joy was sucked out of me right along with my baby.

Angela captured my lack of emotions perfectly, She’s a talented woman.

I was already planning a drive to Columbus, OH for an author conference when I found out that Angela lives just a few hours away in Fort Wayne, so I started my trip a day early.angela-forker

Angela is a sweet soul full of talent and compassion—an obedient servant of God.

I’m also excited to share that my book, which is endorsed by Abby Johnson and Kim Ketola, is a finalist for the conference’s Author Academy Awards, an honor bestowed for literary merit and publishing excellence in the writing and publishing industry.

The award ceremony is tonight. Prayers are appreciated!

In Christ,

Cheryl

Pro-Life, Not Pro-Political Party

When we rally behind a political party rather than LOVE, we anger everyone in the other party and rally our own, resulting in preaching to the choir. The choir doesn’t need convincing.

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

Let’s choose pro-life posts to share on social media, not pro-political party posts.

When we attack a political party, we put people on the defense and they are less open to our points.

We also make abortion an issue only of the USA when it’s actually a worldwide issue.

Reversing Roe v Wade is an interim step, not the final goal. The goal is to make abortion unthinkable worldwide.

Instead, let’s talk about becoming more Christ-like. If people are more like Christ, then God can lead them to vote in the way that meets His purposes…

Which may not be YOUR purposes.

And, let’s get realistic: The Democrats for Life are likely the ones who will turn the political tide in our country.

When we rally behind a political party rather than LOVE, we anger everyone in the other party and rally our own, resulting in preaching to the choir. The choir doesn’t need convincing.

That’s helpful if we’re running for office, but most of us are not.

We’re running the race for Christ.

In Christ,

  • Cheryl

Walking Dead—the Natural Result of Abortion

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

This is the last post in The Spiritual Consequences of Abortion Series, which includes:

To review, here’s what happens when we murder and have sex outside of marriage:

  • When we keep silent about our sin, our bodies waste away (Psalm 32:3).
  • The Lord’s hand is heavy upon us (Psalm 32:4).
  • Our vitality is drained away (Psalm 32:4).
  • We yearn to hear joy and gladness again (Psalm 51:8).
  • We can’t wait for our broken bones to rejoice (Psalm 51:8).
  • We want to be renewed with a steadfast spirit (Psalm 51:10).
  • We want to feel the Holy Spirit within us (Psalm 51:11).
  • We want to be restored with the joy of salvation (Psalm 51:12).

After studying Psalms 32 and 51, I understood what happened to me after I aborted my daughter: My vitality was drained away. That’s why I described myself as the walking dead.

My joy was sucked away. I wanted to feel the joy of my salvation, but I couldn’t until I took responsibility for my sins then confessed and forgave.

Saving Mothers, Too

Abortion not only murders our unborn, it kills women’s souls.

Speaking from experience, sin of this magnitude increases the gulf between us and God.

Reconciling with God becomes a much more difficult thing to do. There’s a big difference between reconciling with God after using His name in vain than after murdering His child.

Therefore, we don’t lose just one of God’s children to abortion but two—the woman and her baby.

And if the father of the baby (1st among influencers over a woman’s choice)—or the grandmother (3rd among influencers) or grandfather (10th among influencers)—supports, pressures, or coerces the woman to have an abortion, then we lose even more.

I say all of this to ask you to compassionately reach the abortion-minded—all those who support abortion as a choice—for Christ so that we not only save the babies but also their mothers, fathers, and grandparents.

Christ came for the tax collectors and the prostitutes, and we are to do the same for all sinners, even those who make us angry.

In Christ,

Cheryl

Author of ReTested: The Story of a Post-Abortive Woman Called to Change the Conversation, finalist for the Author Academy Awards

Citation:
Care Net. 2016, July. “Study of Women Who Have Had an Abortion & Their Views on Church.” Go to: https://resources.care-net.org/free-resources/#lp-pom-text-318