Receiving Twins

Shortly after my wife and I were married we began talking about having children. We decided that we wanted two - a boy and a girl, born close enough together that they could play with each other. We thought about twins.

The scriptural basis of our prayer, the word of God that would produce the result, was 1 John 5:14-15.

This is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he hears us: and if we know that he hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

We searched the Bible to see what it said about having children and having twins. They appeared to be a blessing. We asked God and felt that the prayer was according to what we desired. So we prayed for twins: a boy and a girl. Shortly after Mary was pregnant.

Mark 11:24 says, “What things soever you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”

Our faith that we received what we prayed for was the evidence that we received what we prayed for. If we really believed then it was evidence that was every bit as good as any produced by the doctor - better even.

We believed that if we believed we received then our thoughts, words, and actions should be consistent with that belief. In our prayer for twins we should expect twins. So as the natural part of telling the joyful news that we were expecting we told people that we were expecting twins: a boy and a girl. Once most understood the evidence was our prayer and not doctor’s evidence they politely nodded. Only a few got mad at us for telling people we were expecting twins without doctor’s evidence.

Months and doctor’s visits went by. When the doctor checked with the doppler device they only ever hear one heartbeat. We could easily have taken evidence as failed prayer. We didn't. We took it as evidence that the doctor was only listening for one.

Finally the doctor schedule us for an ultrasound. She didn’t like any surprises and wanted to know what the ultrasound would reveal. Our friends, coworkers, and Lamaze class all looked forward to what it revealed as well: would there be one or two?

At the exam the technician looked at the paperwork from the doctor. “Are you here to look for some abnormality?”


She looked again at the paperwork, more carefully this time. “Just to determine gestational age?”

“Well, that and how many there are.”

Once again she looked at the paperwork, focused now on the question of how many to look for. There apparently was nothing in the paperwork to look for more than one. “Do you have any reason to think that you are having more than one?”

“Yes. We prayed for two: a boy and a girl.”

The technician looked like she hoped we weren’t dangerous and wouldn’t be really upset when the test found only one baby. She started scanning and after only a short time her eyes got really big and her mouth fell open. “You’ve got two in there!”

She asked if we wanted to know the genders of the babies. We said sure. The ultrasound showed that David was a boy, but Amy was turned sideways. “I’m sure it is a girl. You guys got everything you prayed for.”

Our friends and coworkers were surprised. Our Lamaze class was also surprised, but surprised us as well. On hearing the news, one of the dad’s in the class asked, “Who did you pray to?”

I was stunned. Before I got a chance to answer the instructor started the class. We never got a chance to answer his question.

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Many people come to my testimony about praying for twins because they want twins too. What I've shared in my testimony will help in praying for twins, but there is a lot more detail behind that prayer than is included in my testimony. On the Free Books page is a free book that includes detail in how to pray. I encourage you to download it from here or from Google Books.