Jump to Prayer FocusBible Passage for Meditation: Romans 4:13-21
Key Verse: “He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; and being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.” Romans 4:20, 21
Have you ever made a promise, intending to keep it, but somehow “life” got in the way and you just didn’t follow through? I know I have, and I always feel so bad when I fail to do something that I promised.
I’m so thankful that God isn’t like us when it comes to keeping promises. In fact, the Bible tells us a number of things about God and the promise He’s made for our salvation.
It tells us, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
It tells us, “And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life” (1 John 2:25).
It tells us, “Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness” (2 Peter 3:13).
It tells us, “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19).
It tells us, “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:29).
Finally, it tells us to be like Abraham, who “staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God” (Romans 4:20).
I thank God for His longsuffering with me! I can’t imagine how it would feel to be promised a chance to spend eternity with God, only to have Him say, “Oh, sorry, Kat. I forgot about promising you that. You’re out of luck now; it’s too late.” Instead, God tells me over and over in His Word that He is waiting for me, that He wants to save me, and that He’s longing for me to follow Him.
However, His promises don’t stop here. Not only does He promise to save us but He also promises to enable us to reach others with the good news.
“Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say” (Exodus 4:12).
“For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist” (Luke 21:15).
He also promises to make us like Himself: “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:4).
In the book Heavenly Places we are told, “Every promise in the Word of God is for us. In your prayers, present the pledged word of Jehovah and by faith claim His promises. His word is the assurance that if you ask in faith, you will receive all spiritual blessings. Continue to ask, and you will receive exceeding abundantly above all that you ask or think. Educate yourself to have unlimited confidence in God. Cast all your care upon Him. Wait patiently for Him, and He will bring it to pass” (In Heavenly Places, p. 71).
God’s promises go on and on. The question is, will we take them by faith as we seek to win others for the Kingdom, or will we try to work in our own strength? The answer to this question will determine the success of our ministry. Let’s trust His promises today!
Heart Prayer Challenge:
Gracious Father, we know You cannot lie, for Your Word does not return unto You void (Isaiah 55:11). Please help us to trust You and to lean upon Your promises as we seek to reach others. The General Conference Session is getting closer, and we are praying for Your Holy Spirit to be poured out in our lives. As we seek to win souls for the Kingdom, help us not to rely upon our own strength but upon Your strength, which cannot fail. Thank You for honoring Your Word. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
By Kat Taylor
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