Pray the Promises. Believe in them!
What better way to pray than to pray the Word of God!
When God tells us that certain things are going to happen, let’s agree with Him. Scripture says that sometimes things don’t happen because “we ask not” (James 4:2). Let’s ask.
When we come across promises and predictions, let’s pray them! His promises will happen. This is His Word.
Here are some examples:
- One of my life psalms is Psalm 112 because I see promises that I stand on regardless of present circumstances. If I am a man/person who “fears the Lord and finds great delight in His commands,” there are all sorts of blessings that are coming my way. I’m still praying them. They will happen! God promises. Go find out what those promises are. Read and pray the Word!
- Years ago I read Romans 8:29 and was assured that those of us in whom God’s Spirit resides are destined to become more and more like Jesus. Because I believed it and began praying it, I have seen all kinds of heart changes inside me. I still am in the process of becoming, but I am encouraged. You can be, too. That’s your destiny. Read the Word, believe it and pray it!
- Lately, I have been repeatedly fascinated and encouraged by God’s Word to Hosea that though Israel would not have a king nor a sacrifice for many years, “in the last days” they will come “trembling to the Lord and to His blessings” (Hosea 3:4-5). This is the Word of God. Let’s pray it!
- When Jesus told His disciples that the gospel would be preached to every nation(ethnos/ethnic group) before the end comes, let’s pray and participate until it happens.
And then there are those direct commands, such as:
- “Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into the harvest field” (Matthew 9:38). Are we doing that? It’s a command.
- “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Psalm 122:6). Are we doing this? It’s a command.
- “Give yourselves no rest, give [the Lord] no rest, till He establishes Jerusalem, and makes her the praise of the whole earth” (Isaiah 62:7). Are you praying that?
The Book is filled with promises and predictions. Let’s be a part of God’s team that pray His Word into fulfillment!
Let’s look up into the heavens and pray, “Your kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven!”
Read the Book!
In 1977, there was a tragic airplane crash on the island of Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands. Because of miscommunications from the traffic control tower, two airlines collided and exploded on the runway, killing 583 of the 596 on board the two planes. One of the survivors was a man named Norman Williams, who some years later, was one of our speakers at a Spiritual Renewal Conference held at Belmont Church.
When the accident occurred, both airplanes burst immediately into flames. People all around Norman died immediately, some of the bodies charred beyond recognition, but Norman not only survived but survived in strength without his body being either scorched or singed. Why? How?
Here was Norman’s testimony later: On the morning Norman left for his trip, his Pentecostal prayer-warring mother sensed that some tragedy might lie ahead, and cautioned her son to stand on the Word of God.
Perhaps as a result of her caution, when the collision and explosion happened, Norman began shouting words from Scripture, words that were lodged inside him because of his careful acquaintance with the Word of God: “When you walk through the fire you will not be burned, the flames will not set you ablaze” (Isaiah 43:2).
“I stand on the Word of God! I stand on the Word of God!” Norman began to shout, and in some supernatural way, which he never fully understood, he was able to escape through a hole in the roof of the airplane, slide down a wing and jump to safety on the ground. Even though the bones in Norman’s left foot were crushed and he spent many days in surgeries and recovery, his body was restored.
Why did Norman survive? Why not others? We do not know all the answers, but we know that Norman’s survival was connected to the fact that he had for years read and responded to the Word of God.
These are perilous times, times in which those who claim to be followers of Jesus are making decisions that are incongruent with the Word of God. Why? Because they either have never read the Word or they have decided that the Word of God does not really mean what it says.
As we are entered into this New Year, let me challenge you to find some reading plan that will assure that you are reading the entire Word of God from Genesis to Revelation, even if it takes you five years to complete the reading. Respond to His Word!
Read the Book!
Thousands of us are entering or have entered into a time of fasting and prayer in these opening days of 2019. In all my years in the Nashville area, and in other cities, I have never known the body of believers to be so united for such a time of corporately seeking the Lord together with prayer and with fasting.
Fasting is not the easiest thing we have ever done, so why are we fasting and what do we expect from this time? As I was sitting and pondering this, here are some of the things that are motivating me:
- First of all, Jesus expected His followers to connect to God through fasting and prayer. He did not say, “If you fast,” but “When you fast,” and told His accusers that when the bridegroom left, His disciples would fast (See Matthew 6:16 and 9:16).
- I/we need a more complete surrender of ourselves to Jesus, and this manner of full-body praying (that’s what I call it) helps us in that surrender. We humble ourselves through fasting (Psalm 35:13).
- There are areas of our lives where we are not gaining the victory. When this happened to the disciples, Jesus said, “This kind comes out only through prayer and fasting” (Mark 9:29 NKJV).
- Because we are desperate to see a greater move of God in our region and in our world.
- Asking for instructions and God’s provisions for the days ahead (Ezra 8:21)
- For healing (Isaiah 58:3-9)
- When we need God’s intervention for a particular crisis (2 Chronicles 20)
- As a way of joining across all lines as we seek to answer the prayer of Jesus in becoming one before the Father, so that the world will know that Jesus is the Sent One from the Father (John 17:20-21).
Let’s join our hearts together during these days and encourage each other as we devote meal times and other times to be before the Lord, expecting Him to work in astonishing ways in our own personal lives and in the lives of those around us.