I was recently challenged by a friend to begin a time of leading people to pray through the promises of God. What a great idea!
There are countless promises of God recorded in his word. Every one brings victory. Knowing, and standing on these promises are essential in order to pray as we should.
Faith must be the foundation of every prayer we pray. We cannot pray effectively without it. When we stand on the promises of God’s word we stand by faith.
Faith in the promises God has given us in his word brings victory!
God is always true to his word.
“…so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”Isaiah 55:11
“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.”2 Corinthians 1:20
There was a song I used to sing several years ago and the words include “God said it and I believe it, and that’s good enough for me.”
This must be the backbone to every prayer we pray.
Here are some reasons why God’s promises bring victory:
- God’s promises break the back of Satan.
When we dig our heels into the truth of the promises God has given us, we stand directly against Satan’s lies and deception. We walk in faith. One cannot be faithless and believe God’s word. Either God is who his word says he is or he’s not. Either he will fulfill his promises or he won’t!
The devil hates God’s promises and will work to distort them in any way he can. Why? Because Satan is the great deceiver. He is the father of lies. And he hates the fact that God’s promises are life changing and always 100% truth.
- God’s promises remind us who God is.
Often, God’s promises seem humanly impossible, because they are.
They’re not based on what is humanly possible; they’re based on our miraculous God, with whom nothing is impossible.
God did not make his promises according to what he thought we are capable of, he made them based on who he is.
When standing on a promise God has given us through his word, our situation can even seem to get worse. Consider Abraham. God promised him to be the father of many nations. The problem was that Abraham had no children. And the years for the window of opportunity for Abraham and his wife Sarah to conceive grew dimmer and dimmer, to the place where it was utterly humanly impossible.
And then God fulfilled his promise to Abraham: In his way and in his time.
- God’s promises are absolute and complete, lacking nothing!
It’s amazing how many absolute statements are included in the promises God has given us. Words like never, always, nothing, and every, are frequently used. When God does something he does it right, all the way to completion. This is true in every promise he’s given us.
Here’s a promise I can make: if you will focus your thoughts and prayers on the many promises of God’s word, your life and prayers will change. The peace of God, which passes understanding, will begin to guard your heart and mind. You will find freedom and victory in your prayer life.
I’m beginning a time of focusing on and sharing the promises of God as spoken in his word.
I’ll be posting promises of God as daily as possible for the next several weeks.
Study them. Incorporate them and speak them out as you pray.
And stand on them.
God has wonderful things in mind for you as you stand on his many blessed promises.