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Pregnancy is not only a time to grow a baby, but also grow your faith. Photo from Depositphotos.com.

Whether you are a first-time parent, or expecting your second or third child, every pregnancy is different.

Perhaps you have been told that something is not right with the growth of your baby. Or maybe all is well, but you just cannot help feeling anxious.

Will you experience a miscarriage? What is the birth process going to be like? What if the worst happens during the delivery? 

Turn your worries into prayers – and let these promises from the Word of God bring calm and comfort to your soul.

There are seven of them, so pick one for each day of the week and meditate on it as you go about your tasks.

1. Praise the Creator 

Psalm 139:13-16

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

Even when you do not see it, He is working.

Your child is God’s handiwork, an intricate masterpiece crafted in the hands of an all-knowing Creator.

Praise Him for the wonder of creation, for the life of every living thing is in His hand (Job 12:10).

For more encouragement, read the rest of the psalm, which also speaks of God’s intimate knowledge of His people.

2. Pray for protection

Exodus 23:25-26

Worship the Lord your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span.

At that time this was written, these words were a reminder to Israel that God alone was the One who had power over all life.

As you walk in obedience to the Lord, health is a blessing that you can ask of Him. 

Ask for His protection to be upon mother and baby, and for a smooth pregnancy and delivery.

Trust that God knows what He is doing when forming your child. Photo from Depositphotos.com.

3. Do not be afraid

Isaiah 41:10

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Surrender every anxiety that you have to the Lord. Know that no matter what happens, you can face the future because He is right there beside you.

Recall the words of the psalmist who declared that God’s people will have no fear of bad news because their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord (Psalm 112:7).

Pray that your fear of the Lord will be greater than the fear of what is to come. Let the peace of God guard your heart and mind (Philippians 4:6-7). 

4. Trust your Father

Matthew 6:26-27

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

It is natural to be worried as a parent. But God Himself is a parent too!

Jesus reminds us that we are valuable to our Heavenly Father, and He will provide for all that we need even without us asking.

God delights in giving good gifts to His children (Matthew 7:11) – trust that He knows what we need and what is best for us.

5. Turn to God for strength

Isaiah 40:28-31

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.

He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.

They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Are you feeling tired? 

This beautiful passage contains a promise of God – that putting our hope in Him is the secret to sustaining our limited human strength.

During the times when you are weary, pause and pray.

As you rest in Him, call to mind the Apostle Paul’s words in Philippians 4:13 and 2 Corinthians 9:10 too. 

You can do everything through Christ who gives you strength. For it is His power that makes even the weak strong. 

No one can see into the future. But take heart that God has good plans for your child. Photo from Depositphotos.com.

6. Commit your child’s future to Him

Ephesians 2:10

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Right from the earliest stage of pregnancy, God has already started forming your child, planning out the days that he or she will live.

Pray over your unborn baby – for the good works that God has prepared in advance for your child to do.

Give thanks that His plans are always good, plans to give us a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).

God is sovereign over your child’s life, and your child is precious to Him!

7. Thank God for this gift 

Psalm 127:3-4

Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.

Remember that your child is a gift from God that you get to steward.

More than that, you have the opportunity to raise the next generation – to train a faithful soldier of Christ who can make a difference in the fight against ungodliness.

Ask God to help you leave a godly legacy through your child!

Here’s a sample prayer for you

Dear Lord, 

You are the Author of life – You alone know how our stories begin and end.

You are the Sustainer of life – In You all things hold together.

You are Life itself – You give life beyond the physical, bringing us into a relationship with You that lasts for eternity.

I pray for my unborn child – that he or she will grow as You intended, and that my child will come to know You too. 

I pray for myself and my spouse – for a healthy body strengthened for pregnancy and childbirth, and for a heart full of love to welcome a new member of the family.

Thank you for the gift of life. Thank you for the hope that we have in Jesus. 


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Gracia Chiang

Gracia used to chase bad news — now she shares Good News. Gracia's different paths in life have led her from diverse newsrooms to Living Room by Salt&Light, but her most difficult and divine calling to date is still parenting.