From little annoyances to major life challenges, we all deal with obstacles in life.
For many, infertility can be a demoralizing and frightening obstacle. In addition, some experience a deeply personal heartache due to miscarriage.
Take comfort, you are not alone. Many of the greatest people in the Bible struggled with infertility issues.
However, through God they overcame and gave birth to healthy children, and many of these children grew up to be powerfully influential people.
God does not withhold any good thing from those who walk uprightly (Psalms 84:11). In the Bible, every instance of a person that sought God to conceive and birth children eventually had a child.
Case Study 1
Abraham and Sarah Both well advanced in age and beyond the age of childbearing (Genesis 18:11).
God promises them a child (Genesis 17:15-21, Genesis 18:9-15).
Case Study 2
Isaac and Rebekah
Rebekah was barren, Issac pleads with the Lord on behalf of his wife and God grants his plea.
Testimony: Twins: Esau and Jacob (Genesis 25:21)
Case Study 3
Rachel and Jacob
Rachel was barren, God listens to Rachel and opens her womb (Genesis 30:22 and Genesis 30:24).
Testimony: Joseph and Benjamin (Genesis 29, 30)
Case Study 4
Manoah and his wife.
No children because wife was barren. Angel of the LORD appears to woman and tells her she shall conceive and bear a son (Judges 13:3).
Manoah receives the promise (Judges 13:12).
Testimony: Samson (Judges 13)
Case Study 5
Hannah and Elkanah
Hannah was barren, Hannah weeps in anguish and prays asking God for a son. The LORD remembers her and she conceives and births a child.
Testimony: Samuel, 3 more sons, and 2 daughters (1 Samuel 2:21) 1 Samuel 1
Case Study 6
The great Shunammite woman and husband. The woman was barren and her husband was old. The prophet Elisha promised her that she will have a son within a year and she does.
Testimony: A son (2 Kings 4:8-17)
Case Study 7
Elisabeth and Zachariah.
Both well-stricken in years and barren. Zachariah prays, An angel appears to Zachariah promising a son.
Testimony: John the Baptist (Luke 1)
Case Study 8
You! You!! And You!!!
The scripture states that God is not a respecter of persons and will not show partiality or favoritism.
IF God answered these prayers will he not answer yours?
Testimony: (begin to name them)
I celebrate your testimony ahead of time.