BE FRUITFUL AND INCREASE IN NUMBER (3)

 

“Because the Lord had closed Hannah’s womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her. This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the Lord, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat” (1Sam 1:6, 7)

 

“There are those who rebel against the light,

who do not know its ways

or stay in its paths…

They prey on the barren and childless woman,

and to the widow they show no kindness.

But God drags away the mighty by his power;

though they become established, they have no assurance of life” (Job 24:13, 21, 22)

 

As I said yesterday, a number of Christian women asked me to pray for them, that they marry and have children. Some are young and some are not so young. I feel compassion for them because I am a mother and a grandmother. For their sake I decided to study again the scriptures that promise natural and spiritual fruitfulness. I recommend that you fast and pray. Meditate upon the revelation of the Word of God. It is the will of God for you to marry and have children. But the devil hates that. I join my faith with yours. I believe that God will answer your prayers! I believe that your dream will come true! In Christ, the victory and the testimony is sure!

 

As you pray to have a baby, you may be in Hannah’s position. She was a woman of God, married, but she had no children. In Hebrew, her name means grace, favor, mercy and humility (she bows down and helps others, even those who are inferior to her). It also means prayer and supplications. Her husband, Elkanah loves her but possibly under pressure from his family he marries a second wife called Penninah with whom he has children. Penninah is a wicked woman. She is jealous on the love their husband has for Hannah. She takes advantage of the fact that Hannah is barren because ‘the Lord has closed her womb’. The wicked woman takes pleasure in continuously provoking and irritating Hannah. The effect of these actions is that Hannah weeps and cannot eat. She loses weight and she looks depressed. Even in the church she is sad. In Hebrew, the verbs ‘to provoke and to irritate’ describe a female enemy who pushes another woman to the wall causing anger and exasperation. It means to greatly oppress another, to cause violent anxiety as the wicked woman cages her helpless victim. God closed Hannah’s womb so that she can come to God for the answer to the problem! She became desperate to pray not just for an ordinary child (like her mate’s) but for a special extraordinary child, a boy in particular. Once she totally surrendered to God’s plan and purpose for her ‘womb’ Samuel, the great man of God was conceived. Later more children came.

 

In the Book of Job 24 you see that there are wicked people who rebel against the light of God. They hate the truth. They are murderers and thieves. They attack or seduce the weak, the (emotionally) needy, the helpless, the lonely, the widows, the barren and the childless women. For long time it seems that they are successful in their evil deeds. It looks like God is ‘sleeping’. But you should know that God sees and knows everything. Continue to pray!  Have faith in God! This is the truth: God will judge them at last. Don’t be sorry for the devil! God loves you! Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever!

 

Let’s pray: “Dear Heavenly Father, I come to You by the Blood of the Lamb. I thank You for hearing my prayers and supplications. I know that all power belongs to you. You can open any door. You can open any womb. I pray that You grant me the gift of motherhood. Like Hannah, I vow to give You back the children You give to me. I shall train them in Your ways the best way I can. I take authority in the name of Jesus and I reject every evil spirit of wickedness of the order of Penninah! You evil spirit of darkness, of rebellion, of evil provocation, inferiority complex, jealousy, worldly ambition, seduction, ‘Mammy Water’, Jezebel, Ogbanje, hot temper and depression… I command you all to go away from me in the name of Jesus! Every evil covenant done by wicked people, in the shrine, in the coven, in the trees, in the sea or under the earth, so that I will not marry, or I should divorce, or not enjoy my marriage, or be barren, or miscarry… I destroy them all in the name of Jesus! I decree confusion in the camp of my enemies! You my enemies come against me one way but you shall split and run away in seven ways! I plead the Blood of Jesus over my life, my marriage, my children and my destiny! Holy Spirit please come and fill me afresh! I vow to give God alone all the glory for the breakthrough this day! I declare that it is well! It is done! Let peace reign! In Jesus name, amen!”

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