Promises of God Connects Us to God in Prayer
2 Corinthians 1:20 “For as many as are the promises of God, in Him, they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us.”
D.L. Moody “Tarry at a Promise and God will meet you there”
Armin Gesswein said: “Promises predict the answers to prayer. They are the molds into which we pour our prayers. They foretell what to expect. They shape our praying. They motivate, direct and determine our supplication.. This makes Christian praying different! How? In a very real sense we pray from the answer.. with the answer in mind.. from the answer to it. This is the way of The Lord, the way of faith. He promises – we believe. We act on His Word. In this way answered prayer not only satisfies us; it delights the Heart of God by fulfilling His Own Word. And this is a most important thing with God.” (From: Prayer changes everything, written by Bennie Mostert, published by Carpe Diem)
Armin Gesswein-founder of Revival Prayer Fellowship and Ministers’ Prayer Fellowship. Both organizations began in 1953. Pastor Gesswein was known for often saying, “When Jesus went back to heaven, all He left behind was a prayer meeting.” Prayer makes one strong in in their spiritual life. Without prayer we are weak and ineffective in our spiritual life.
How do we then become effectual in our prayers?
The effectual fervent prayer of the righteous avails much. James 5:13 How righteous do you feel? If you are like everyone I know, especially me, you are far from being righteous! We are quick to say that “No, I am in no way righteous!” How then can we ever pray effectual fervent prayers that reach God’s throne? We have to read further and connect God’s Word. We read 2 Corinthians 5:21! “But He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that WE MIGHT BECOME THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN HIM.” We can come boldly to the throne of our heavenly Father because in Jesus our sin is covered and we are hidden in Christ. Romans 4:22-25 tells us, ”Therefore it (faith) was also credited to him (Abraham) as righteousness. Now not for his sake only was it written that it was credited to him but for our sake also, to whom it will be credited, as those who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead..” Just as the miracle of conception, there is a miracle in our new birth as Christians. The very moment we admit we are sinners and that we have nothing to make us righteous, and we confess that it is our sin that Jesus that sent him to the cross, and we ask him to be king and ruler of our life, there is an exchange made. We are hidden in Christ and God credits Jesus’ right standing with the Father to us!
Why is that important to understand? We need to wrap our heads around these facts. By faith we move mountains in prayer! (Matthew 17:20) We must believe that we stand covered in the righteousness of Jesus. Faith brings us into salvation. By grace you are saved BY FAITH. (Ephesians 2:8) Without Faith it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6). “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” By faith we believe the promises of God are yes and we say Amen. (2 Corinthians 1:20).
What are you praying for? There is a promise in God’s Word for anything you would ever need to ask of God. You can rest assured that when you pray God’s promises you are praying from God’s will for you.
Paul’s prayer in Colossians 1:9-12 is an one example of praying God’s promise to the problem.
Paul is praying for the people of Colossae. Read this passage and answer this question.
Does God promise to fill us with the knowledge of His will? Does God want his children to walk worthy of their calling? Does He give us fruit to bear in every good work?
Most of us have anxious moments. We find the answer in God’s promise for anxiety in Hebrews 13:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpassess all understanding, will guard you hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
The problem is many never really truly believe by faith and take God at His word.
My encouragement today is that you get into God’s Word and seek out His promises for your life. He says He will give you wisdom if you ask in His name James 3:17.
“But if from there you seek the LORD you God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and soul, you will find him.” Deuteronomy 4:29.
Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”
God is ALWAYS faithful to His promises and His people. Practice praying the promises of God.
Apply the promise to the problem.
Believing the Promises