How to pray for fertility

20 09 2012

This series of thoughts comes from Stacey on her blog. I am grateful that she put these quotations together in such a strong way and was willing to let me share.

First she recounted some lessons learned about Hannah’s prayer which she attributed to this site:

Hannah’s prayer had four characteristics:

(a) It was sharply focused.

Hannah’s prayer was direct. She prayed to God to give her a son. Her request was unconditional.

(b) It brought her misery to the LORD.

She said in all honesty: “if you will only look upon your servant’s misery and remember me….” Hannah told God how she felt. It doesn’t hurt to tell God when we are upset, disappointed or sad. Hannah felt better after her prayer. We read that: She went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast. v18.

(c) It appealed to God’s grace.

Hannah did not complain to God. She didn’t say to God, “It’s not fair! All Hannah did was ask – the grace of God did the rest. God does not owe us anything. He sent us his own son to be our Saviour and Redeemer and we shall ever be in his debt for this indescribable gift. Whenever we petition God we must throw ourselves upon his grace. We should depend upon God’s goodness alone for answers to our prayers.

(d) It addressed her master.

Hannah was aware of the privileges of her relationship with God. She prayed: “If you will only look upon your servant’s misery and remember me…..” A faithful servant puts her Lord’s interest first but a good master acknowledges an obligation of care to his handmaid. Christians are not only servants of God but also his children. Jesus says: “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” Mt7v11.

And then, from the wonderful, but now closed, website Shanan Trail, Stacey also reposted this:

First, human value is not bestowed by one’s ability to reproduce. Human beings get their worth from the fact that we are created in God’s image and loved enough that Jesus died for us on the cross.

Be committed to fervent prayer concerning issues with infertility. It is God, not human technology that opens the womb.

Infertility will cause your countenance to fall! Genesis 6:7 teaches us that we are at risk of sinning when we are angry and hurt by the circumstance in our life. God told Cain, “Sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.” How can we make sure we don’t follow Cain? Stay closely connected to your power source! “Lord, open my womb,” takes less than 2 seconds. The rest of your prayer should be focused on asking God to adjust your heart so that you can choose well. While struggling with infertility, pride and jealousy are especially bothersome sins. I am not more worthy of conceiving than a teenager, welfare mom, or a mom that already has a lot of children. In God’s economy, our worth is identical.

Don’t complain to others (not even your husband) about your lost dreams and sorrows. I am not talking about being dishonest with others. But there is a huge difference between stating, “We are praying for a baby,” and complaining. Complaining is grumbling and insinuating that God has not been fair. It makes others uncomfortable and, more importantly, misrepresents God. God is sufficient to carry your burdens; leave them at the cross.

Finally, learn to be content with the blessings God has given you already. Focus on what God has given you and how you can be a good steward of your time, talents and treasures to be a blessing to others.

Thank you ladies.  Much appreciated.



2 responses

28 09 2012

Hi- I found your blog from a recent post on the yahoo group. Reading this post is nothing short of divine timing, as this has been an emotionally challenging week with my sister and good friend both delivering beautiful babies who I am SO thankful and excited for…yet I have been not prepared for the wave of sadness that has washed over me this week.

Thank you for posting this. “it is God, not technology, which opens the womb”. I’ve been preaching that to myself over and over and over since a somewhat disappointing consultation with my “last resort” specialist.

Anyway, appreciate it much. God’s blessings to you-

28 09 2012

Meredith, I’m delighted it helped 🙂 God bless you with fertility and grace and I hope you’ll keep me posted on your journey!

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