Praying God’s Promises
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A Father’s Reassurance
Today I was reading Ghost Boy while waiting for an appointment. While I’m only halfway through the book, one portion arrested my attention for the remainder of the day. Martin is a man who was trapped inside his own body for 12 years under a misdiagnosed,mysterious neurological disease. In one particular scenario, he tells a story about his dedicated father who cared for him year after year throughout his total disability. Martin explains that as an adult, he experienced the ocean for the first time. Unable to move his arms or legs, he tightened the muscles he could control and used his face to indicate to his father that he was in total fear of being submerged in the ocean water. His father ignored Martin’s hesitation and continued into the waves, but the fear in Martin’s eyes could not be completely avoided. His father shouted above the waves:
Do you really think that I would let you go? Do you think that after all these years, I would let something happen to you now? I’m here, Martin. I won’t let anything happen. There’s no need to be scared.
Our Father’s Reassurance
Isn’t that just like you and me with our heavenly Father? We give ourselves to him and say that we’re ready to travel through the storm. But as the waves grow higher, we’re enveloped with anxiety and fear. We say we’re trusting God, but our eyes reveal the terror in our souls.
And our Father shouts above the waves.
Do you really think that I would let you go? Do you really think that after sending my one and only son to die on a cross for you…after you chose to trust me for salvation and a home in heaven…do you think after all these thousands of years… do you think I would let something happen to you now? I’m here! I won’t let anything happen. There’s no need to be scared.
Maybe at this point, you’re saying, “Where does it say that in the Bible?”
God’s Word is full of his promises to us. According to BibleInfo.com, it has been estimated that there are 3573 promises in the Bible and other sources have cited as many as 7000! That is a TON of assurance from our Father in heaven. We truly must know God’s Word in order to receive his promises. And not only are we the benefactors of his promises, the power of praying God’s promises to him is unable to be measured.
Praying God’s Promises
I’ve recently finished reading, Praying Over God’s Promises- The Lost Art of Taking Him At His Word. Through the Trusting God topical Bible reading challenge, I have been encouraged to claim God’s promises by knowing them and believing them. And through this book, I’ve been encouraged to take one more step by not only claiming God’s promises as my own, but pleading them to God as a reminder of who he is and what he promises he will do.
Praying Over God’s Promises explains the various types of promises our God has provided. God gives us both conditional and unconditional promises. Recognizing the difference between the two allows us the freedom to go before the Lord with an understanding of how to pray his word. Using the prayers of Biblical characters as a guide, the author, Thomas Yeakley, outlines powerful examples of those who prayed God’s Word and saw miraculous results.
5 Promises of God You Can Pray at Anytime
Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me. Psalm 50:15
I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4
For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. I John 5:4
With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. Matthew 19:26
I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
What promise do you need to claim and plead before God today? He is with you and there is no need to be afraid.
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I am thankful for this post tonight. I am dealing with chronic pain and am having a hard time seeing God’s plan in this. I need to be reminded over and over again that this, right here, right now is God’s best plan for me. That after all these years and all the times I’ve turned my back on God He will never leave me or forsake me.
Bless you, Sarah!
Excellent post about the relying on the promises of God. The rich promises of God are the very fuel that propels our Christian walk with the Lord.
Just what i needed. “After all these years,do you think i’ll leave you now?”
Dear Lord grant me the grace to hold on to your promise.
Please pray for me,that i’ll keep believing God and wont loose hope after 12years of waiting for a miracle.Sometimes am scared i will die of excruciating pains.
Can you talk about the difference between God’s promises and when our prayers are not answered? He doesn’t promise a perfect life. It’s difficult to expect answers to our prayers and then being disappointed when it doesn’t happen. So often, we believers struggle with knowing the difference.
yes- great point. “In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart, I have overcome the world.” Next month our Bible reading challenge is focused on Waiting on God. It’s not easy!
Thanks! I should have elaborated. So many of my neighbors are angry at God for the circumstances in their lives. I will endeavor to remember it’s about the next world, not this one!
I want you to know how much I enjoy and value the verses and comment you make on your website. I don’t have a home computer so I copy them off at the library and take them home so I can read them again and again. Thank you!! God bless you!!
As usual you are keeping my printer busy. Thank you.
I really need to learn to trust God in what his word says he will do. I have been dealing with some difficult issues with my daughter the last four months and last night she actually moved out. I keep reminding myself that God says if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my father in heaven. I just need to keep praying and I would also like to ask for your prayers also I need to let God do his work and I need to stop putting my two cents in. This is just so hard to do as a parent when you love your kids so much even though I know God loves her more. I also need peace for my family while we wait for God to work in the situation.
Prayers going up for you and yours, Barbara! Parenting is surely sanctifying. Bless you!
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