The Bible called those who were unable to conceive “barren”. Today the terms “infertility” or “sterility” are used. While the terms may have changed, the pain and frustration felt through this painful journey has not.
The definition of the term “infertility” is the failure to conceive after a year of unprotected intercourse. (Infertility, or secondary Infertility, can also occur in a couple that has conceived previously.) “Sterility” is the term given when conception is impossible due to irreversible problems such as genital abnormalities, disease, poor quality, or quantity or immobile sperm, poor quality, or quantity of ovum (eggs), abnormal ovulation, hormone imbalances or surgery restrictions.
There are numerous complications that can occur in either the husband or wife preventing them from conceiving. In some cases we believe it necessary to obtain knowledge on your circumstances so you know what to pray for. You can pray for healing over complications and you can speak to your body and command in Jesus’ name how it should function for conception to take place.
Psa 128:2-4 You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your sons will be like olive shoots around your table. Thus is the man blessed who fears the LORD.
Many couples take the conception of their children for granted because they ‘assume’ they will conceive when they want to. For some couples, conception occurs easily, while for others no amount of money, love or medical intervention will bring this desired event to pass. Unfortunately there are numerous complications, which can occur in either the husband or wife that prevents them conceiving.
The human body is extremely complex, and for conception to occur there are certain functions necessary that our bodies need to perform. Firstly, the male must be able to produce and release enough healthy and mobile sperm to travel to the egg, and the female must be able to produce and release mature eggs (follicles) capable of being fertilized, as well as produce the mucus propels the sperm to the egg; have clear fallopian tubes for the transport of the fertilized egg (ovum) to the uterus, and the uterine lining (endometrial lining) needs to be suitable for implantation and nourishment of the fertilized egg. Hormones then prepare the body for the growth, development and maintenance of the pregnancy. If any part of this process is hindered then conception may be close to impossible.
God’s Word on Infertility
Exo 23:25-26 Worship the LORD your God, and His blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span.
Deu 7:12-14 (Deu 30:9, 28:11 similar). If you pay attention to these laws and are careful to follow them, then the LORD your God will keep His covenant of love with you, as He swore to your forefathers. He will love you and bless you and increase your numbers. He will bless the fruit of your womb, the crops of your land–your grain, new wine and oil–the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks in the land that He swore to your forefathers to give you. You will be blessed more than any other people; none of your men or women will be childless, nor any of your livestock without young.
Gen 49:25 because of your father’s God, who helps you, because of the Almighty, who blesses you with blessings of the heavens above, blessings of the deep that lies below, blessings of the breast and womb.
Gen 28:3 May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and increase your numbers until you become a community of peoples.
Lev 26:9“I will look on you with favor and make you fruitful and increase your numbers, and I will keep my covenant with you.”
Psa 113:9 He settles the barren woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise the LORD.
Psa 128:2-3 You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your sons will be like olive shoots around your table.
Isa 49:21-23 Then you will say in your heart, “Who bore me these? I was bereaved and barren; I was exiled and rejected. Who brought these up? I was left all alone, but these–where have they come from?'” This is what the Sovereign LORD says: “See, I will beckon to the Gentiles, I will lift up my banner to the peoples; they will bring your sons in their arms and carry your daughters on their shoulders. Kings will be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers. They will bow down before you with their faces to the ground; they will lick the dust at your feet. Then you will know that I am the LORD; those who hope in me will not be disappointed.”
Isa 41:18 I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs.
Created for Fruitfulness!
God created every single one of us with a perfect plan. We did not evolve! Every bone, muscle, tissue, and organ including those in our reproductive systems. God the creator, is also God the healer. If you have any problems in your reproductive system then God can heal you! It is God’s design for us to reproduce. He created us to have children. One of God’s first commands to man, was for us to reproduce by having children. It is His will and blessing for us and His word says He adds no trouble to His blessings.
Gen 1:28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
Gen 9:7 As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it.”
James 1:17 Every good and perfect gift (in this case children) is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
Psa 127:3 Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from Him. (NAS) Behold, children are a gift of the Lord; The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Psa 115:14 May the LORD make you increase, both you and your children.
You Are Not Alone!
There are several women in the Bible who could not conceive. These women cried out to God for healing and He answered them by opening their wombs! God does not show favoritism, what He has done for the following couples, He can also do for you.
Gen 25:21 Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was barren. The LORD answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant.
Gen 29:31 & 30:17 & 22 When the Lord saw that Leah was not loved, He opened her womb, but Rachel was barren. God listened to Leah, and she became pregnant and bore Jacob a fifth son. Then God remembered Rachel; He listened to her and opened her womb. She became pregnant and gave birth to a son and said “God has taken away my disgrace.”
1 Sam 1:27 I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of Him. (Hannah)
Luke 1:36,37 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.
Heb 11:11 By faith Abraham, even though he was past age–and Sarah herself was barren–was enabled to become a father because He considered him faithful who had made the promise
Hungry for More?
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