Infertility is a physical, emotional, and spiritual battle. Couples experiencing infertility often face a journey filled with unanswered questions, broken dreams, and near constant grief. The road of infertility is lonely, and often it is difficult to communicate exactly what is needed from friends and family members.
Being the loved one of an infertile couple is hard as well. There is a deep desire to help. Help heal. Help comfort. Help overcome the dark depression. And yet there is also the knowledge that nothing you say can ease the pain or lift the burden. And there is the understanding that even though you don’t understand, your friendship is so very needed.
There will be times when the words won’t come. There will be times when the words come but they aren’t quite right anyway. And there will be times when all that’s left to do is to flood the gates of heaven on behalf your sweet friend.
Five Scripture to pray for infertile couples:
II Corinthians 12:9
But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me.
Heavenly Father, I pray that your grace will be sufficient and sustaining for ______________ today. You know their struggle and you know their weakness, and I pray that your limitless strength will be made evident in their weakness. Please allow them to see your grace and feel Christ’s power in their life today.
Rejoice, childless one, who did not give birth; burst into song and shout, you who have not been in labor! For the children of the forsaken one will be more than the children of the married woman, says the Lord.
Heavenly Father I pray that _______________ will be able to rejoice in knowing that whether or not they birth or adopt children, You have already given them a legacy and a testimony of grace. Please use their testimony to bring others to You, and may their home be filled with jubilant rejoicing.
I Peter 1:6-7
You rejoice in this, though now for a short time you have had to struggle in various trials so that the genuineness of your faith—more valuable than gold, which perishes though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Heavenly Father, I know that ______________ struggle with their inability to conceive a child right now, and that this trial is difficult for them to bear. Please give them peace as they wait, and joy in knowing that You are refining them and drawing them to Yourself.
Therefore, submit to God. But resist the Devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.
Heavenly Father, I pray that You will help _____________ submit to You and Your plan for their family. Please empower them with Your Spirit to resist temptation when they are tempted to be angry, fearful, and bitter, and let them draw near to You in this time of waiting and wondering. Please be near to them, allow them to feel Your presence and draw comfort from Your nearness.
He brought me up from a desolate pit, out of the muddy clay, and set my feet on a rock, making my steps secure.
Heavenly Father, please rescue ______________ from the grief of infertility. Please raise them out of the pit of despair and anguish, and place them on a rock where they will be secure in Your love for them and their love for each other. Please strengthen their marriage, heal their bodies, and renew their spirits.
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If you’re facing a long road to parenthood, how do you wish your friends and family members would pray for you? What do you wish they would say to you? What do you wish they knew about your journey?