Tuesday, July 13, 2010

27: prayer for delivery

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I received a book called “Supernatural Childbirth: Experiencing the Promises of God Concerning Conception and Delivery” by Jackie Mize from my Mother-in-Law for my birthday, and I’ve been making my way through the passages concerning delivery.  Some of the book is a little ‘off’ to me theologically, but I appreciated the fact that they are bringing God into the equation, and looking to Him for peace and good health during labour and delivery.  Below is the prayer in its entirety (with a lot of “I command” and “I believe”)  followed by my own prayer to God for delivery based on the first one but with modifications according to my own faith (with a lot more “I pray” and “please help!”).  I hope you find one of these prayers to be helpful as you approach your own delivery!

As written:

Father, as I look forward to delivery of my sweet baby, having enjoyed a blessed pregnancy of full duration, I thank You in advance for Your Word, Your blessings, Your peace, Your presence and Your divine intervention.  I pray and confess that my body and my baby will cooperate with perfect, supernatural delivery, that there will be no problems of any kind.  I also believe and declare that my labour and delivery will be quick, short, easy, and painless. I believe and declare that I’ll have time to get the the proper place with the proper help.

Baby, in Jesus’ name, you move and place yourself in perfect position for birth: head first, not breech and face down.  You rotate properly as God intended you to.  I command the umbilical cord to be in proper position as well.  Body, you function perfectly during this time.   I have perfect peace and am relaxed.  All fear must go and stay gone for I have God, Who is perfect love and casts out fear.  My body will not be tense but relaxed, at peace.  I speak specifically to all the parts of my body to come in line with God’s Word and will.

Father, I believe that at the proper time for delivery my water will break and my uterus will do its job and begin to contract and push my baby down the birth canal and out into our loving arms and lives.  I command my cervix to dilate fully to 10 cm., to be elastic and stretch.  To the uterus, vagina, perineum, vulva as well as my cervix, you relax, be elastic and stretch without causing pain or any complications.  Accommodate the birth of my baby.  Furthermore, I declare in Jesus’ name that I will not tear or need an episiotomy.  Father, pain is under the curse of the Law, and Your Word says that Jesus bore our pain, so I rebuke all pain and will not tolerate pain.  I will have a short, easy, pain free delivery in Jesus’ name; therefore, I won’t need any anaesthetic of any kind.  Thank You, Lord, in Jesus’ name.  Amen.”

Exodus 1:19; 1 John 4:16; 1 John 4:18; Matthew 8:17; Deuteronomy 28

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My version:

Father, as I look forward to delivery of my sweet baby, I am thankful to you for having enjoyed a blessed pregnancy of full duration, I thank You in advance for Your Word, Your blessings, Your peace, Your presence and Your divine intervention.  I pray that if it is Your will there will be no problems of any kind and that the delivery will be quick, short, easy, and painless. I pray that she will come in Your perfect timing and that I’ll have time to get the the proper place with the proper help, with her Daddy home and by my side!

Father, I pray that our baby girl will move into the proper position with her head down, facing backwards.   I pray that the umbilical cord will be in the proper position and that my body will function perfectly as labour moves along, with all of its parts performing in the perfect way you designed.   I pray that You will grant me peace and relaxation as I am labouring and will not allow fear of pain into my heart.    All fear must go and stay gone for I have God, Who is perfect love and casts out fear.

Father, I pray that at the proper time for delivery my water will break and my uterus will do its job and begin to contract and push my baby down the birth canal and out into our loving arms and lives.  I pray my cervix will dilate fully and easily to 10 cm., to be elastic and stretch.  I pray that you will help my uterus, vagina, perineum, vulva and cervix to perform as designed and to stretch without complications or tearing so that I will have an easier recovery and few complications.    I pray that You give me the strength to work through the pain of the contractions and to avoid any drugs or medical interventions; I wish for this labour to be completely natural, and I know I will need Your presence and support to do this.  I know that I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me, and I have faith that You will be with me throughout labour and delivery (and parenting!) and carry me when I have not the strength.

Thank you for blessing us with this beautiful and wonderful baby girl and continuing to bless us with a strong and love-filled marriage.  We look forward to raising her to love You and to live a life of faith.

Amen!

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2 comments:

abi & salvo said...

OH I LOVE THE BABY VEST!!! I also liked the prayer and will make it my prayer too probably with some modifications to make it my own :)I love how it is so specific to particular moments in the delivery.

Lucy Marie said...

That is such a beautiful prayer. I have really started praying for the delivery and I think I will print this out to post somewhere. Lots of people don't understand why I feel that L&D is such a spiritual experience - but I really feel convicted as though it's something that God has intended for me to do, and I wish to glorify Him through it.

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