There is a prayer that God always answers for infertile couples.
No one told me about it when we were struggling to conceive. At that time, the God I’d grown up believing in no longer seemed generous, loving and faithful. Instead, He seemed distant, silent, and even secretive. I had some strong feelings about that, but I was afraid to express them for fear of making a bad situation worse.
So, we struggled on in silence (as if He didn’t know my thoughts).
I felt increasingly invisible and lost to God. Either rejected by Him or simply ignored, all I could see was that He didn’t seem to be working with us. In fact, He seemed to be working against us. Rather than breathing life into our dream, He was thwarting our desire to become parents. He could have made it happen at any time, but He kept saying, “no.”
Does it seem as if God is thwarting your will, too? Are you doing everything you can to get to “yes” only to sense He’s repeatedly telling you “no”? Then pray the prayer He always answers:
Thy will be done.
This 4-word prayer has the power to set life-changing events in motion. It can overpower whatever emotional distress buffets us, whatever circumstances devastate us, whatever fears paralyze us, whatever thoughts terrorize us. It is the “open sesame” that makes all things possible because it is the prayer that puts all things in our lives under God’s authority – including us.
It is a prayer of incredible power… because it a prayer of total submission. It acknowledges that God sees what we cannot see, and knows what we cannot know. It invites Him to accomplish His perfect plan in and through us, with our complete cooperation.
Can we trust Him enough to give Him complete control? Can we stop obsessing over our own plans and trust that “no” means His plan is better? Can we set aside our impatience long enough to give Him whatever time He needs to accomplish His purpose? And will we?
That’s the hugely important choice we must make.
We can continue to insist on our plans and our timetable, giving God room only to optimize what we will for ourselves. That path will never lead us to His best. Or, we can let go of “when?” and “how?” and choose to trust Him completely and unconditionally. That path leads to nothing less than His very best.
How do I know? From personal experience, and from my front row seat watching the stories of countless infertile couples unfold. Every single couple who comes to a place of being able to pray unreservedly, “Thy will be done,” finds joy. Every. Single. One.
May it be so for you, too.
For more inspiration and cause for hope, read Pregnant With Hope: Good News for Infertile Couples