Infertility.

The issue of infertility has been since the days of our forefathers..read on

A. Sarai was barren, she was not able to conceive Gen 11:30 Then one of the angels said, “I would return about the same time next year and the Sarah, your wife, will have a son” Gen 18:10 And the Lord visited Sarah as he had promised. She conceived and gave birth to a son. Gen 21:1-2

Lesson: Word of prophecy precedes manifestation

B. Rebecca, Isaac’s wife, was barren. And Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebecca became pregnant and gave birth to a son. Gen 25:21

Lesson: Power of a praying husband. Intercessory prayer

C. Rachel and her sister, Leah, married the same man, Jacob. Leah had children but not Rachel. Gen 29:31 Then God remembered Rachel, He answered her prayers and made it possible for her to conceive and give birth to a son. Gen 30:22-23

Lesson: Persistence in prayers

D. Hannah and Peninnah were Elkanah’s wives. Peninnah had children but Hannah had none. 1 Samuel 1: 2 On a particular year, after several years of barrenness and anguish, she knelt before the Lord and prayed for a child; a heartfelt prayer. She made a vow to dedicate the child to God and also not to cut his hair. 1 Samuel 1: 10-11 Shortly after the Lord remembered Hannah, she conceived and gave birth to a son. 1 Samuel 1:19-20

Lesson: Continuous fervent prayer avails much

E. Manoah’s wife. For some reason, she was not named. The angel of God appeared to her foretelling the birth of her son. She gave Manoah the report. Manoah prayed for the angel to appear to them again to give more specific details. The angel appeared to the wife again. Judges 13: 2-9

Lesson: There is something about Manoah’s wife – her faith.

F. The Shunammite women. She provided shelter and food for Elisha, the Prophet, whenever he passed by the town. To return her benevolence, Elisha prophesied that she will conceive and bare a son. About the same time the following year, she gave birth to a son. 2 Kings 4:11-17

Lesson: Reward of service. Receive a prophet in the name of a prophet and you receive a prophet’s reward. Receive a righteous man in the name of a righteous man and receive a righteous man’s reward.

G. Elizabeth and her husband, Zechariah, were both righteous before God. Elizabeth had no child. Zechariah was a priest. One of the days he was on duty, the angel appeared to him and said, “Your prayer has been heard. Your wife will conceive and give birth to a son”. Surely and shortly afterwards, Elizabeth conceived and gave birth to a son.

Lesson: Continuity in the Lord’s service; Power of a praying husband; Continuous fervent prayer avails much.

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