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Believing the Promises of God
I have little interest in formulas or methods for “making prayer work.” Sure, there are a lot of things that I ask God to do that I think might make my life better or the life of people I care about. However, I know of no assurance from scripture that God will do what I ask and my lifetime of experience teaches me the same. Sometimes God is pleased to answer my requests and sometimes he answers in other ways.
As we studied this morning, the Prayer of Faith is different. It’s not asking God to do whatever it is that I think might be a good idea; it’s asking him to fulfill his promises. If God has promised that my life has been made new in Christ (Rom. 6:4), then I can pray in faith that he will help me live this new life. That is a prayer that God has promised to answer.
Praying the scriptures is one of the best ways I have found to pray the promises of God. I particularly enjoy praying the prayers of the New Testament epistles. Each week I send a form letter to those who visit our Sunday service. I have five different letters I send depending upon how many times someone has visited. In each letter I include a prayer from the New Testament and I pray that prayer before signing each letter. I pray those prayers in faith believing that God will do exactly what I ask, because I am praying based on his promises. An example would be from the book of Philippians, “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ–to the glory and praise of God” (1:9-11). I am confident that God will answer these prayers if the person is willing to receive God’s help.
Develop the habit of asking God to do what he has promised to do and then watch as he answers your prayers. This can be a most enjoyable part of one’s faith journey. Believe God’s promises. Pray God’s promises. Then, watch as God keeps his promises.