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Praying God’s Promises

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“Every promise in the Book is mine. Every chapter, every verse, every line….”

We are all familiar with that little chorus we sang years ago. We worshiped and felt so blessed about every promise being ours!

But, frankly, I really don’t want some of the promises in the Bible. One of those promises says, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die” (Ezekiel 18:20, KJV). That’s a promise, but I don’t want to claim that promise for myself.

However, there are many promises in the Bible we can cling to. God gave a promise to Abraham in Genesis 12:2-3: “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great . . . and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” (Emphasis added). We are part of that blessing – that promise!

We know Proverbs 3:5-6 promises if we trust in the Lord with all our heart, without depending on our own understanding, and we acknowledge Him in everything, then “He shall direct thy paths.” That’s a promise I want in my life.

Because of the promise in Acts 2:39, we know that salvation is ours. And we know it extends to our children. We are confident that we can pray, claim, and cling to that promise, even for future generations.

We find one of the most beautiful promises in Psalm 37:4: “Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” The word delight gives us the idea a person is spending time in communication with God. A relationship has been formed, and we are friends of God.

When we build a relationship with God based on “delight,” we can remind Him of the promises for our children. He loves them more than we do, but one of the main desires of our lives is for our children to be saved. So, when we spend time with Him, we can remind Him about the desires of our heart – our children going to Heaven with us.

The promise we most often go to for our children is Proverbs 22:6: “Train up a child in the way he should go…he will not depart from it.” As is often the case, there is a condition to this. God instructs us to train them correctly. When we do, God keeps His hand on our children, always drawing them back to Him.

We don’t really remind God when we pray. We are simply reminding ourselves that those promises are ours. And our children are His. Keep praying. Most of the promises in that Book are ours!

BY BARBARA JOHNSON

Barbara has been happily married to her childhood boyfriend, Danny, for almost forty-seven years. She has two beautiful daughters, one handsome son-in-law, and two absolutely unbelievable grand boys – Lincoln and Lawson. Her grand boys, snowmen, hummingbirds, and sweet tea make her a happy lady. Oh yes, her hubby, daughters, and son-in-law do, too.

Reprinted with permission from Ladies Prayer International.

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