(Here are the other posts in the series!)
Pastor Kevin recently preached a sermon on prayer which I absolutely LOVED. I highly recommend it to anyone.
The best thing you can do for your friend struggling through infertility is to pray for them.
So why do we pray?
“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. 18 Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.”
Prayer is a means of God’s grace to commune with Him. It reorients our hearts back to Him and reminds us of the gospel. God is completely sovereign and in control and often He uses our prayers as means of enacting His good purpose. Isn’t that amazing?!? Our God who created heavens and earth out of nothing, sustains every living thing and “upholds the universe by the Word of His power” listens to our prayers! (Heb 1:3)
And not only that but he uses our prayers to enact His purposes! I don’t fully understand it, but I know that our prayer matters. And so we should pray earnestly and often, for God’s kingdom to come, for His will to be done. For dead people to be reborn, for lonely people to find true community, for hurting people to be comforted, for weeping people to rejoice and for Jesus’ name to be made great.
So if you or someone you know is suffering- through infertility or anything else, I urge you to pray.
“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
Know that the Holy Spirit is working through you, interceding for you. Know that our Father is listening. And above all else, know that God is working all things for the GOOD of those who love Him.
Pray earnestly and often. So what specifically should you pray for your friend through infertility? Stay tuned:)
(if the link to Pastor Kevin’s sermon didn’t work, you can download the audio for “Simple Prayer”)
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