Infertility prayer

Рождение ребёнка – это великое дарование, это бесконечное счастье, и что самое главное – это продолжение жизни на земле. К сожалению, приходится констатировать, что в последнее время, проблема мужского и женского бесплодия стала весьма распространённой. Множество семейных пар, в силу физиологических причин, не могут испытать это счастье, и поэтому прибегают к помощи докторов и современной медицины, которая, как показывает практика, отнюдь не всегда даёт успешный результат, а именно долгожданную беременность. Нередко, потратив огромные деньги и годы на лечение бесплодия, не получив в итоге желаемого результата, отчаявшиеся супруги обращаются к Всемогущему Господу, с молитвой о даровании детей, видя только в Боге надежду и спасение. Каждая молитва о рождении ребёнка при бесплодии, произнесённая устами истинно верующего человека непременно будет услышана Всевышним, и помощь обязательно придёт. Примеров тому множество.

Подготовка к молитве

Перед тем, как обращаться к Господу и Святым, и читать молитвы при бесплодии о даровании детей, супругам следует духовно очиститься, и избавиться от всех греховных мыслей. Необходимо проявлять доброту и любовь к окружающим людям, не забывать о смирении, держать посты, посещать Храм для исповеди и причастия. Только с «чистым» сердцем и светлыми помыслами, можно приступать к молитве. Каждая молитва от бесплодия, впрочем, как и любая другая, должна непременно начинаться с обращения к Господу Богу о прощении своей души, поскольку каждый человек, живущий на земле – грешен. В каждом из нас присутствует в той или иной степени и гнев, и зависть, и корысть, и злоба, иными слова всё то, что мешает нам быть ближе к Богу. Возможно именно из-за нашей греховности, святые не всегда слышат наши мольбы и просьбы. Чтобы произнесённые молитвы были услышаны, просящий должен впустить свет в свою душу.

Приобретите в церковной лавке молитвослов, в нём содержится сразу несколько молитв о даровании беременности. Выберите молитву, которую будите читать, возможно, не одну, а несколько. Чаще всего, о даровании детей молятся Пресвятой Богородице, Великомученице Евдокии, а также Матроне Московской, как одной из самых известных Свято заступниц. Молитва святым Иоакиму и Анне — родителям нашей Пресвятой Богородицы, также имеет великую силу. Произносите молитвы вслух перед иконой, непосредственно обращая свой взор к лику Святого. Читать молитвы следует утром и на ночь.

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I’ve been absent from this blog for the last few months. My mother had a severe medical setback, which sent me 2,000 miles from my home to hers for three extended visits.

Along with my family and prayer partners, I asked God to be over every facet of my mother’s diagnosis and medical care. Even when she seemed to be declining, we continued to thank Him for His response to our prayers for healing. After several hospital stays and visits to the Mayo Clinic, Mom is miraculously doing better now. Today she told me on the phone that she feels great. I am prompted daily to thank our Lord Jesus Christ for His amazing authority over her health and well-being.

Throughout this season of medical challenges with my mother, I have continued to pray for you and be reminded of your battle to overcome your infertility.  No matter where you are medically or emotionally, know that our Lord is with you every step of the way. He stands by His promise in Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

At His Last Supper with His disciples, Jesus knew of the suffering before Him, yet “He took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them (Luke 24:30).”

As you break bread with your family and friends this Thanksgiving, remember what God has told us to do in the face of adversity: “Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever (Psalm 136:26),” and “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessaloninas 5:18).” Your thanksgiving is an affirmation of your faith that God is in charge and is addressing your circumstances.

As expressed in Psalm 100: “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs.  Know that the Lord is God.  It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture.  Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.  For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.”   

Click Food for Infertility Thoughts and be uplifted with the special message for Thanksgiving. Consider what you are bringing to the table for this national holiday. Our Lord Jesus Christ wants to break bread with you. Celebrate your faith in His future plans.

On a final note, here is a short verse I found illustrated in calligraphy at an antique shop when I was struggling with infertility. It celebrates the splendor of God’s provision and hangs in the dining room of our home.

 O thou who clothest the lilies

And feedest the birds of the sky

Who leadest the lambs to the pasture

And the hart to the waterside

Who hast multiplied loaves and fishes

And converted water into wine

Do thou come to our table

As Guest and Giver to dine.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Note: The picture at the top of this post is of the iron gate at the church in Cana (a Galilean town northeast of Nazareth, Israel), where scholars believe marks the location of Jesus’ miracle of turning water into wine at a wedding feast (John 2:1). I took this photo in March, 2012.

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Welcome to 31 Days of Prayer During Infertility.

Please scroll down to read Day 1: Praying for Patience.

  • Day 2: Pray for Strength
  • Day 3: Pray for Comfort
  • Day 4: Pray for Wisdom
  • Day 5: Pray for Freedom from Jealousy & Envy
  • Day 6: Pray for Confidence
  • Day 7: Pray for Mercy
  • Day 8: Pray for Your Marriage
  • Day 9: Pray for Faith
  • Day 10: Pray for Sufficient Finances
  • Day 11: Pray for Courage
  • Day 12: Pray for Endurance
  • Day 13: Pray for Hope
  • Day 14: Pray for Clarity
  • Day 15: Pray for Peace
  • Day 16: Pray for Gratefulness
  • Day 17: Pray for Freedom From Fear
  • Day 18: Pray for Joy
  • Day 19: Pray for Wise Decisions
  • Day 20: Pray for Your Future Children
  • Day 21: Pray for Trust
  • Day 22: Pray for God’s Glory
  • Day 23: Pray to Obey
  • Day 24: Pray for Grace
  • Day 25: Pray for Discernment
  • Day 26: Pray for Contentment
  • Day 27: Pray for Integrity
  • Day 28: Pray for True Belief
  • Day 29: Pray for Community
  • Day 30: Pray for Your Specific Situation
  • Day 31: Pray for Others

When I decided to do a 31 Day series, I knew I wanted it to be something that would encourage and strengthen other women going through infertility. I thought about what I struggle with and what I could do to ease the burden of this journey- even a little bit.

I realized I needed to do a series on prayer because it’s something I struggle with. My prayers regarding my infertility usually go like this: “Dear God, please give me a baby. Please let this treatment work. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE. Amen.”

There’s nothing wrong with a prayer like that; those types of prayers have their place. But I want my prayers to be more than a checklist of things I hope God gives me. I want to learn more about who God is and, most importantly, deepen my relationship with Him.

Each post will consist of a Bible verse, a brief meditation on the day’s topic, and some suggested Scriptures for further study.

I hope you’ll join me in seeking God during the next 31 days!

Day 1: Pray for Patience

“This vision is for a future time.  It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled.  If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place.  It will not be delayed.” – Habakkuk 2:3 (NLT)

Praying for patience is scary.

By definition, patience assumes a wait. So by asking God for patience we’re surrendering to the wait.

I don’t like waiting.  I want what I want- right now!

But Habakkuk 2:3 tells us that God’s vision for our life will happen on His timetable.

God is not running late. Everything is going according to (His) schedule.

He knows it may feel slow to us, but He promises He’s not delayed.

He asks us to wait patiently. To trust that He what He has planned for us will actually happen.

As you pray today, ask God to help you wait patiently for His plan to be fulfilled.

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Excerpt taken from Dancing Upon Barren Land by Lesli A. Westfall ©2013 used with permission

What is Prayer?

Barren land is a sparse, dark landscape of rocks, boulders, and at times massive cracks. The rocks and boulders, which cause us to stumble, are the repeated negative pregnancy tests and the gritty sand is one of the many emotions such as jealousy, anger, or shame. Each month we hope and pray this will be the month only to experience disappointment again, our hopes like shifting sand beneath our feet. Then after a miscarriage, stillbirth, or early infant loss, we face a massive crack of grief. We are unable to escape the darkness.

How does prayer fit into the vast and varied landscape of infertility?

As we call out to God in prayer, we are strengthened enough to kick the rocks of negativity out of the way and to pass through with ease and confidence. When we sink in the sand of disappointment, our petitions make our feet stable as we ask Him to come alongside and be our support. When our hearts are broken from the loss of life in our wombs and when we have sunk into the crevice of grief, when all we can muster is a faint cry, He still sees and hears.

So how do we navigate through the barren land with prayer?

There are four essential elements to each prayer.

  • Praise
  • Thanksgiving
  • Praying the Word of God, the Bible
  • Asking in Jesus’ name

Praise and thanksgiving in prayer express our heart’s adoration and love for Him.

Enter His gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name (Psalms 100:4).

The Bible explains itself in Hebrews 4:12:

God’s Word is alive, active, and powerful (NLT).

When we pray His Word, we are praying His perfect, divine will. What He did for infertile or barren women in the Bible so long ago; Sarah, Rebekah, Hannah, Manoah’s wife and Elizabeth–He can do for us!

Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

God does not show favoritism (Acts 10:34).

The Lord Jesus Christ invites us to ask. Asking is for our benefit. We are told to ask, seek, and knock.

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; those who seek find; and to those who knock, the door will be open. Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 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 (Matthew 7:7-11).

When we ask in Jesus’ name, we glorify Him and He fills us with joy.

This is the confidence we have in approaching God; that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we have asked for (1 John 5:14-15).

The Bible and prayer are like nourishment for the soul and spirit. Prayer and Bible reading are like living water, which gives continual strength to continue the journey and increases faith to believe God for the desire of your heart: children.

Why Pray These Prayers?

So, why should we pray these prayers?

Infertility throws hard punches. We can be wounded emotionally. Not only do the wounds interfere with our relationships, at times the medicines we are on for fertility treatments can either mask what we feel or heighten our emotions to a whole new level.

There are several reasons to pray:

  • Peace
  • Balance in relationships
  • Deeper relationship with God

The first reason to pray is for peace of mind for us and in our relationships with others. In order to obtain peace that transcends all comprehension, the Bible encourages us to pray.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).

Praying to God is to posture ourselves in an act of surrender. You surrender to God by surrendering your heart. You can release your thoughts by telling Him of your worries, you can place your heightened emotions before Him by relating your painful experiences, and you can petition your desires to Him. However, the key to surrender is not giving up on life or the desire to become a parent but instead giving up anguish to the One who is able, Jesus Christ.

Oswald Chambers wrote, “It’s not cowardly to pray when we are at our wit’s end. It is the only way to get in touch with reality.”

Jesus instructed us to ask. He said, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7).

We should ask specifically and keep on asking. We find the perfect example in Hannah, once an infertile woman who became mother to Samuel, a prophet. Her story is found in the 1 Samuel 1 in the Old Testament. For years she desired a child. Each year the family went to the temple to worship. When Hannah prayed, she asked God to take note of her affliction. She was “in deep anguish, crying bitterly as she prayed to the Lord” (1 Samuel 1:10 NLT).

As she was praying, Eli, the priest, noticed her lips were moving yet she wasn’t making a sound. He thought she was drunk and confronted her. She replied to him, “Oh no, sir! I’m not drunk! But I am very sad, and I was pouring my heart out to the Lord” (1 Samuel 1:15 NLT).

As Hannah poured out her heart before the Lord, she petitioned Him for the desire of her heart. God heard Hannah’s prayer.

Then they arose early in the morning and worshiped before the LORD, and returned again to their house in Ramah. And Elkanah had relations with Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her. It came about in due time, after Hannah had conceived, that she gave birth to a son; and she named him Samuel, saying, “Because I have asked him of the Lord.” (1 Samuel 1:19-20 NASB).

After the birth of a child, it was customary to return to the temple and dedicate your child to the Lord. At the time of Samuel’s dedication, Hannah stood before Eli the priest and said, “As surely as you live, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the Lord. I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him” (1 Samuel 1:24-27).

Author Beth Forbus suggests we look at this scene as if we were watching and replaying a video.

I’d ask you to back the video up to 1 Samuel 1:27 when Hannah held her precious baby  boy in her arms and looked at the priest Eli and said, “For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted what I asked of Him …” And then I’d ask you to replay and watch it again. And again. “For this child I prayed …” Back it up and play, “For this child I prayed …” Turn the volume up! “For this child I prayed …” I can’t help but believe if we could hear Hannah’s voice when she said these words, we might just hear her passionate emphasis on the word “this. ” “For THIS child I prayed …”

In prayer, it’s okay to keep asking for the desires of our hearts, even as we ask for peace in the pain of infertility. Our interactive communication with God fosters intimacy and trust in Him. Prayer lightens our heavy heart and helps to keep peace on this crazy journey.

Lesli Westfall is no stranger to infertility. She experienced the painful emotions and asked God endless questions, but God turned her disappointments into appointments with Him and healed her from the grief of infertility. While leading a Christian infertility support group, Lesli formed a deep compassion for others dealing with the pain of childlessness. She created a Christian online ministry, Dancing Upon Barren Land – Spiritual Nourishment for the Infertility Road.

Publication date: April 12, 2013

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