Prophetic prayers have the power to give birth to spiritual possibilities. The things that do not exist in the physical, can be obtained through persistent prayers.
When we look at the exciting event of a mother who is expecting, we can understand that she is eagerly awaiting a young one to be brought into this world. She is filled with the joy of awaiting a baby. She has not actually seen the baby but she is confidently awaiting a promise. It is the same with us. We have received the promises from God through his Word, the prophecies through his Holy prophets, and thus we wait in confidence and in the expectation that those prophesies and promises will be confirmed.
“A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world,” John 16:21 (NKJV).
She That Endures
The period of labor and giving birth is a critical moment in the process of giving birth to a child. We understand that this is a painful process that requires a lot of endurance. We see that this applies to our lives as well. Awaiting a promise is not easy and the challenges on the road to achieving that promise can be compared to the labor pains a mother needs to endure while giving birth. As the promises become closer to being fulfilled the challenges increase therefore this is a sign to keep going, and not lose hope as fulfillment is a short distance away. The strength to overcome obstacles is always provided for us.
“But those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” Isaiah 40: 31 (NKJV.
Once a mother has given birth and holds the baby in her hands we can comprehend the joy she should be feeling for welcoming the new life into this world with success. The possibility of having a child is now fulfilled. She is no longer hoping for a child, but now she is living in the reality and experiencing the possibility.
The baby here represents the promises and expectations we have in God for our lives. It could be a job that you have been waiting for or some transportation. The joy of receiving anything from God cannot be explained. It could have been a difficult process and you might have waited in expectation but eventually, you managed to pass through the painful process and hold the promise in your arms.
How can we use prophetic prayer as a catalyst for giving birth to spiritual possibilities?
Let us study the life of Hannah who was the wife of a man called Elkanah as found in 1 Samuel 1:9-18 (NKJV). She was barren and could not give birth to any children, unlike Peninnah who was the other wife. This was a challenge to Hannah since she became a laughingstock to many. Although she had been her husband’s favorite wife, this did not stop people from talking behind her back. The word of God shows us in verse 9 that Hannah would go to the temple and pray to God.
Now Hannah was not happy about her inability to have children. She was in a bitter state and her condition left her in tears. Although Hannah was grieved, she had the will to pray to God and the hope for an answer to her need. The possibility of her having any children was remote, but she was in expectation from God. This was a spiritual possibility according to the promises of God but the promise had not manifested yet. Verse 11 shows us that Hannah even made a vow upon her request from the Lord even in her anguish and in verse 12 that she continuously prayed until the prophet Eli saw her. Hannah had continued to pray without losing hope or fainting and even specified her needs before the Lord. She did not lose hope even though she was in a hopeless situation. She had suffered a lot of ridicule but her pain had only encouraged her to persist because she knew her answer was a short distance away.
Push Through Prayers
When Eli had seen her, (verse 13), he thought she was drunk because of the state that she was in. Her lack of energy from her long persistent prayers and her grief had caused her to pray by moving her lips without any words coming out. The prophet of the Lord spoke a word as moved by the Lord that Hannah’s prayers were answered in verse 17. From there onwards, Hannah found peace in her heart and was able to eat.
The story of Hannah shows us that persistent prophetic prayer has the ability to bring to us the promises of God that seem far away from us. Just as Hannah had given birth to Samuel in the place of prayer, we too can give birth to whatever we need in the place of prayer. We should not give up! Although we have been told by others that it is impossible, nothing is impossible for God.
Although the shame and pain are too much to handle, we can endure the pain and push in prayer until we receive the promises. Once we have been able to receive those promises from God we can also find rest for our souls, just like Hannah who had found peace in her heart. We can also rejoice because of the fulfillment of the prophetic word given unto us.