How to Pray the Promises of God

On Sunday in my sermon I gave a few examples of how to pray the promises of God. Often, in prayer we’re simply suppoed to ask God to do what He already promised He would do. I don’t know exactly why God wants us to do it, but God’s Word shows several examples of it happening. (See 1 Kings 18:1, 41-46 as the one I used Sunday.)

Here’s some ways to do this, practically speaking:

• You’re feeling alone, so you pray God’s promise in Hebrews 13:5: “God, you said you would never leave me or forsake me, but I feel alone right now. Please help me know that you’re with me.” God hasn’t promised you wouldn’t ever feel alone, but He will always be with you.

• You don’t have enough money for your bills, so you pray God’s promise in Philippians 4:19: “God, you said you would supply all my needs according to your riches in glory in Christ Jesus. So unless you want me in jail, please give us the money we need to pay these bills.” (Of course there is much to be said regarding our responsibility to be wise with our money, but I’ll not get into that here.)

• You realize you’re being tempted, so you pray God’s promise in 1 Corinthians 10:13: “God, you said you would not let me be tempted beyond what I’m able, but that you’d provide a way of escape. So God, give me a way of escape from this temptation.”

• You’re not sure what the best decision is, so you pray God’s promise in James 1:5: “God, you promised that if anyone lacks wisdom, that he should ask you and that you’d give them wisdom. So, God, I need your wisdom to know what the best decision is. Give me your wisdom please.”

These kinds of prayers are ones God loves to grant because when we remind Him of His Word, we show that we believe Him to be a God who keeps His promises. As He does, He proves His trustworthiness, and we grow in our affection for God and confidence in His Word.

What are some other promises of God you can pray back to Him?