Counting Down the Omer, Day #13:
(May 27, 2019)
Our breath prayer for today: As you inhale, whisper, “We look up to the hills…” As you exhale, whisper, “…our help comes from You.”
“Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw Him they worshiped Him, but some doubted.” (Matthew 28:16-17, ESV)
A Prayer for Wives Who are Desiring To Get Pregnant
Our Father, we thank You for the blessing of children and family. Thank You for each wife who stands in faithful expectancy of a child to hold in her arms. Thank You for Your creative power which is able to open closed wombs and cause them to thrive with new life. We will praise You, Lord, with all our hearts. We will tell of all the marvelous things You have done. We will be filled with joy because of You, and we will sing praises to Your Name, O Most High. May Your glorious Name be praised! May it be exalted above all blessing and praise!
Exalted Father, we believe that just as You were attentive to Hannah’s pleas for help, You hear the cries of every wife who longs to become a mother. We, the Body of Christ, declare that their prayers will not go unanswered, for You promised that You would withhold no good thing from those who do what is right. We confess that these wives will not grow weary and lose hope. In Jesus Name, we declare that bodies of each husband and wife in our Church Family are whole and complete, lacking nothing. We confess that they have victory over doubt, fear, and unbelief. We believe that You will connect them with those people who will love and support them as they trust You for children of their own. We decree that they will be parents who are full of wisdom and patience. They will train their children up in the way they should go, and when their children are old they will not depart from it. These expectant couples will do all they can to nurture their marriages so that the atmosphere of their home will be ready to receive children into a loving, peaceful environment.
List the names of any wives you know who desire to have a child and pray for them by name today:
Holy Spirit, we ask that You would prompt the wives who are desiring to get pregnant to disconnect from any negative influences in their lives. Lead them to develop strong, healthy relationships with faith-filled believers who will stand in agreement with them and their husbands. Teach them how to take care of themselves physically, mentally and spiritually. Help them to rest and trust in the Father’s perfect timing. Keep them from becoming envious of others who have already conceived a child. Heal their hearts and deliver them from any guilt or shame they may be feeling. Help their husbands to show compassion and be patient and understanding toward them as they wait to conceive. Once they do conceive, strengthen them against the temptation to worship or overindulge their children. May they always be thankful and give glory to God, keeping Him first in their lives.
Loving Father, forgive the wives who desire to get pregnant of any known or unknown acts of disobedience. Forgive the wives and husbands for any past sins they may have committed. Forgive them for holding unforgiveness in their hearts toward others. Forgive them for giving in to frustration, anger, or outbursts of wrath. Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that You have committed). Holy Spirit, remind the wives and husbands of those they need to forgive and help them to be quick to forgive. As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal names or faces of people that you may need to forgive. As He reveals them, say, “I forgive name of person(s).” Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)
Holy Spirit, help the wives and husbands who desire to get pregnant not to yield to temptation but deliver them from the evil one.
Sovereign Lord, You are the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for You? You are mighty, but You do not despise anyone. You are mighty in both power and understanding. You are greater than we can understand. Your years cannot be counted. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture References for the Written Text: Psalm 9:1-2, Nehemiah 9:5, I Samuel 19:20, Psalm 84:11, Proverbs 22:6 NKJV, Matthew 6:13, Jeremiah 32:27, Job 36:5, 26
Concepts to Consider:
As we near the end of the Gospel of Matthew we have a reoccurrence of the Sermon on the Mount setting. Matthew 28:16 parallels Matthew 4:23 (ministry in the Galilee region) and Matthew 5:1 (God’s authoritative message comes from a mountain [see: Exodus 19:20]). We essentially end where the gospel begins. Jesus is the designated, authoritative interpreter of what God’s desires are for humanity and His creation. One of the most interesting things about this passage is that the disciples—who’d seen and lived it all!—are filled with both worship and doubt in the presence of the risen Messiah. This scene should offer us great hope. Even as “some doubted,” all of those who were “present and accounted for” as Jesus’ issued His parting commission were given the same missional tasks. Notice what Jesus didn’t say. He did not say, “now when you get your act together and stop doubting me, then I’ll tell you what you’re supposed to do.” No. He gave the call to teach and baptize to all of His followers who heard Him that day. What He knew—and we see fulfilled in Acts 2 and beyond—is that as His followers prayed, talked, ate, worked, worshipped and doubted together they grew in their understanding and experience of Who Jesus is. Be of good courage! Don’t abandon the road or throw in the towel. Even if you are struggling with doubt today. Even if you are weary, you are in good company. Take a cue from the early church. Gather with a group of other believers as often as you can to pray, talk, and encourage each other.
- Doubt can be a part of our faith-building journey. Can you recall a time when you doubted and then the Lord rebuilt your faith? Look for opportunities encourage a fellow believer today.
Optional Time of Centering/Soaking:
If possible, take some time, perhaps 5 to 15 minutes, to get into a comfortable position and simply allow the Lord to minister to you at a deep level (Psalm 42:7). Turn off or put down all distractions. Close your eyes. Hold in your thoughts a meaningful word, phrase, or image from the Scripture you read today. Release all other thoughts and concerns into the Presence of the Lord. If your thoughts wander, that’s okay, just gently return to your Scriptural word, phrase, or image. You may want to set a timer.