Praying God’s Promises

A promise is only as good as the person who makes it. The character of the promiser is what gives the promise its value.

As we learn to pray God’s promises, the starting point is the nature of God.

The essence of God’s character is in itself a promise. Who He is determines what He will do and how He will act. Through the Scripture, each time God reveals something of His nature, He is promising us that He will be true to that nature in any circumstance. Sometimes the promises of God don’t come packaged in declarative statements, but instead are implied in the revelation of His being.

God has always dealt with His people by communicating promises to them. By promising first, then performing what He has promised, He awakens in us the desire and expectation that find their outlet in the prayer of faith. His promises prompt prayer.

I might illustrate that process like this. Recently, I saw an ad in a magazine for noise-​​cancelling headphones. Until seeing that ad, I had no desire for noise-​​cancelling headphones. I did not experience the lack of noise-​​cancelling headphones in my life. But once I knew they were available, I began to desire them. I began to notice how loud the world was and to imagine how it might be if only I had noise-​​cancelling headphones. Knowing they were available awakened in me the desire to possess them. Knowing where to find them motivated me to seek them out.

God makes promises to us for much the same reason.

He is letting us know what He has available if only we will ask. His promises are meant to ignite faith and expectation and desire, and then to point us to Him. His promises act to bind our hearts to His. His promises turn our eyes toward Him.

He works in our lives by means of promising and then performing what He promises because it causes us to stay focused on Him and to find the bedrock of our faith in His character. When our hearts are occupied with who He is, it will not be hard to believe what He promises to do. The revelation of His person is the secret to trusting His promises.

As you consider your needs today, what promise do you see in God’s nature? Who does He promise to be for you?

Jennifer K Dean

About Jennifer Kennedy Dean

Jennifer Kennedy Dean is executive director of The Praying Life Foundation and a respected author and speaker. She is the author of numerous books, studies, and magazine articles specializing in prayer and spiritual formation. Her book, Heart’s Cry, has been named […]

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Comments

  1. An amazing article thank you.….

  2. So thank-​​ful God. You, God, are faithful to Your Word!

  3. Dixie Diamanti says:

    Yes and Amen Jennifer! Loved this post!

  4. Barbara Collier Corven says:

    Started your "One Year Praying the Promises of God" on January 1. God is already using it it my life. Love it! Thanks!

  5. Great truth and post!

  6. Yes, GOD says that we will benefit from HIS Promises to us. However, there is a question we need to consider before we start 'praying the promise'. Are we obedient enough to HIS WORD? Are we sanctifying our lives and living holy unto HIM? That's my concern. We want all the good stuff of the promises. However, are we obedient to what HE calls us to do? Every one of HIS Promises has an 'if' factor provided. Too many overlook that two letter word to jump to the 'juicy parts'. And many times it is the 'little leaven' of unrepentant hidden sin that keeps us separated from HIS Promises.
    Faith is more about trusting that the promises will be fulfilled in due time. I don't pray promises, I pray consecration and the Perfect Will of GOD be done. There is where the fulfillment of the promises exists.

  7. I did not go to Sunday School & Church this morning for personal and Hygene reasons, But I just recieved my Sunday School Lesson. Thand you so much, and may GOD bless and keep yu.

  8. Gwen Meacham says:

    Wonderful…thank you for your post Jennifer!

  9. Donna Hutchins Peterson says:

    TO HEAL PEOPLE THROUGH PRAYERONE OF GOD'S PROMISE IS THAT WHO SO EVER BELEIVE IN HIM WHAT SO EVER THEY ASK OF HIM IT SHALL BE GIVEN UNTO THEM… I TRUST IN THE WORD OF GOD 100%…<3.

  10. Great refreshing…

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