Every day we thank God for answered prayers: for life, for health, for safety. We are especially grateful for God’s protection on our many missionary journeys each year, as part of our ministry responsibilities for the church. It is easy to take for granted, that when we get on a plane, we’ll be getting off the plane at the right place and time. So, we intentionally thank God each time our plane arrives safely.
Ellen White states that: “Prayer is the opening of the heart to God as to a friend…Prayer does not bring God down to us, but brings us up to Him” (Steps to Christ, p. 93).
We see God’s promises in the Bible as talking back to us, even before we begin to speak to Him. It is as if God were anticipating our prayers and having an answer before we call.
The following are some of our favorite promises:
The last part of Matthew 28:20 states: “…And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” In short, God promises never to leave us. What an amazing assurance in a world that is often filled with transient and disposable relationships. We will never be alone.
In John 14:27 God tells us, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” This is incredibly good news in a world filled with fear of every kind. The word for peace in the Hebrew Bible is shalom, which means a sense of harmony, wellbeing, and prosperity. This notion suggests much more than simply the absence of aggression, but indicates unity and inclusiveness. In the New Testament, the word for peace is eirēnē, which is not just the absence of antagonism, trouble, and chaos, but also the reality of being safe and secure. We are always secure with Christ!
Last but not least, the promise in Philippians 4:19 assures us, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” What a powerful promise in our unpredictable and volatile world! Whether our need is for friendship, security, transportation, food, warmth, or a great marriage relationship, our God has promised to supply.
Yes, God’s promises talk to us daily! Our prayer this week is for each of you is to see your faith grow stronger as you trust God daily to keep His Word. Remember, His promises are there for you!
By Willie & Elaine Oliver, directors of Family Ministries for the world church.
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