Praying From Promises
The ‘yes’ to all of God’s promises is in Christ. (2 Corinthians 1:20, NCV)
‘I promise to pay the bearer on demand the sum of (ten) pounds,’ Bank of England notes proclaim. That promise, backed by the signature of the Bank’s Governor (and a host of anti-fraud designs and devices!), is what guarantees that our piece of paper is worth something. And that’s exactly what the promises of God are like. They are God’s promises with Jesus’ signature - Jesus’ ‘Yes!’ - on them; and that’s what makes them so valuable when it comes to prayer. When we pray on the basis of these promises, we can be sure we are on firm ground.
It starts with being sure of the God of the promises. All effective prayer goes hand in hand with discovering more about him. The best place to start is the Bible, for it is here like nowhere else that God reveals to us what he is like, how he acts, and what his plans are. As we become more sure of the God of the promises, the more sure we become of the promises of God. It is because God is so truthful, faithful and dependable that we can trust the promises he makes. God has made plain in his word that when he makes a promise, it is there to be claimed; when he speaks a word, it will surely come to pass and that ‘it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent I’ (Isaiah 55:11).
Again and again people in the Bible appealed to God’s promises. They said, ‘Oh God, I’m reminding you of what you said … And because you are a faithful God, I’m calling on you to fulfil that promise right now.’ Such prayers were daring; but they were also on solid ground, for it was to God’s own promises that they were appealing. This was not arrogance, but confidence!
Such confidence is not just for people of Bible times; it can be ours also. Whenever we pray like they did, calling on the God of the promises to fulfil the promises of God, we can be sure that our prayers will be effective and powerful.
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. (Hebrew 10:23)
Copyright © 2017 Martin Manser and Mike Beaumont
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