Do you know the power of praying the Promises of God when you are going through a difficult time in your life?
Several years ago, our family faced a difficult season. Within a few short months, we faced a cancer scare, the shocking death of our beloved puppy, a major financial setback, and more. Reeling from pain, we began praying the promises of God to help us combat our fears and deal with our grief.
During emotionally challenging times, it’s easy to allow our feelings to consume us. Sadly, as our emotions change, we often feel like we’re standing on shifting sands.
Praying the promises of God is an effective way to plant our feet on a firm foundation. We cling to what is true instead of clinging to our feelings. God uses these prayers to align our hearts with his heart, give us eternal perspective in difficult times, and fill us with hope.
Why Should We Pray the Promises of God
Praying the promises of God shifts our focus from the temporal to the eternal. Instead of fixating on our problems, God’s promises help us remember that this Earth is not our home.
God never breaks his promises. We can trust that he will never let us down, and his promises can carry us through even the darkest seasons.
At times, we may not understand God’s purpose for our suffering. Praying his promises in these situations helps us cling to his unchanging character as we hold onto hope.
It is tempting to put our hope in improved circumstances; however, circumstantial hope disappoints us when life doesn’t work out according to our expectations. When we stand firm on God’s promises, we can rest assured that his hope won’t disappoint us.
How to Pray God’s Promises
We pray God’s promises by identifying the promises that speak to our specific situations, thanking God for these promises, and proclaiming these promises as declarations over our lives. Let’s look at these steps more specifically.
- Examine Your Heart and Identify Your Need
- Search the Bible for Promises Regarding Your Situation
- Pray the Promises Over Your Life
- Discern Whether the Promise is Absolute or Conditional
Examine Your Heart and Identify Your Need
Begin by determining what kind of promise you need. Do you need hope in a desperate situation, peace in stressful circumstances, a reminder about God’s provision, or a promise about God’s love for you? Name your specific need so that you can search the Bible for promises to speak into your situation.
Search the Bible for Promises Regarding Your Situation
After identifying the specific sort of promise you need, search the Bible for promises regarding this need. Use a Bible index or do an online search for God’s promises regarding your specific need.
After identifying God’s promises for your situation, it’s helpful to write them down. You might copy and paste these promises into a separate file or write them on paper. Pick as many promises as you feel led to pray.
Pray the Promises Over Your Life
Sit with the Lord and ask him to help quiet your mind. One at a time, thank him for each individual promise, and ask him to help you lean on his promise instead of leaning on your understanding. Pray this way until you have thanked God for each promise and allowed his Word to renew your mind.
It’s also important to note that this time of praying God’s promises is an opportunity to pour your heart out to God. Tell God how you feel. God already knows how you feel, but articulating your feelings will help you recognize your need for God’s Truth to renew your mind.
Discern Whether the Promise Is Absolute or Conditional
Lastly, when praying the promises of God, it is important to note that some promises are absolute, and other promises are conditional. God’s absolute promises are always true, and nothing can thwart them. Examples include promises about God’s character and his love for us.
Conditional promises depend on our obedience. For example, in Proverbs 3:6, God promises to make our paths straight. However, there is a condition. We must first acknowledge him in all our ways.
If you discern that the promise requires action on your part, ask God to search your heart and show you whether you have fulfilled the conditions. You might need to confess a sin, forgive someone, or obey God in some other way.
Examples of Praying the Promises of God
Praying the promises of God is a powerful way to draw closer to Him and to experience His blessings in our lives. It also helps to remind us of the promises He has made to us in His Word.
We are also declaring those promises to Him and asking Him to fulfill them in our lives.
Here are some powerful examples of praying the promises of God.
Pray God’s Promises for When You Feel Alone
At times, it feels like God has abandoned us. During these times, our feelings often tell us that God doesn’t care about us or that he has left us.
Instead of standing on our feelings, it’s important to find promises about God’s character. The Bible makes it clear that God will never leave his children.
Deuteronomy 31:6 reminds us of the following Truth: “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble in dread before them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not fail you or abandon you” (Deuteronomy 31:6, AMP).
Here’s an example of how to pray this promise:
“Lord, thank you for your promise that you will never fail me or abandon me. I am feeling alone and discouraged. Instead of standing on these feelings, I stand on your Word.
I declare that you are with me. Help me to trust that you are with me even when I cannot sense your presence. I choose to stand on the truth of your Word instead of standing on my feelings. Amen.”
Pray God’s Promises for Provision
Trusting in God’s provision isn’t easy when our circumstances look dire.
Whether you’re looking at an empty bank account, driving home after losing your job, or desperate for God’s provision in your relationships, your feelings might tell you that God’s holding out on you.
Psalm 84:11 promises us that God doesn’t withhold good things from his children. This Psalm reads, “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows grace and favor and honor; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly” (Psalm 84:11).
Here’s an example of praying the promises of God using this Psalm:
“God, thank you for the light and protection you bring to my life. You are a sun and shield. You give me favor and honor. Thank you for the promise that you don’t withhold from those who walk uprightly.
Thank you that because I have received Christ as my Savior, I am counted as one who is upright in your sight. I trust that you will withhold no good thing from me.
Help me stand on this promise as I wait to see how you are going to provide for me in this situation. Amen.”
Pray God’s Promises for Times of Sadness and Grief
God often seems distant when we are grieving. Grief feels like a cloud hovering overhead and separating us from our loving Father. And the enemy loves to have us believe his lies to further separate us from God’s loving embrace.
During these times, we can cling to the promise found in Psalm 34:18, which reads: “The Lord is near to the heartbroken and He saves those who are crushed in spirit (contrite in heart, truly sorry for their sin).”
Here’s what it might look like to pray this promise:
“Father God, my heart is hurting. It doesn’t feel like you are close to me, but I trust that your Word is true.
Thank you for the promise that you are near to the brokenhearted and that you save those who are crushed in spirit. I cling to these promises even when I cannot sense your presence with me. Amen.”
Pray God’s Promises for Times of Suffering
When we are emotionally, mentally, or physically suffering, our feelings often betray us. We ask God why he is allowing us to suffer.
Romans 8:28 offers a promise for all believers: “And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.”
Here’s an example of praying this promise when you are suffering:
“Lord, I don’t understand what is happening in my life right now. Thank you for your promise to cause all things to work together for God for those who love you.
Help me to trust that you will use this difficult situation for good. I cannot see the good that will come from this now. Help me to watch and wait with expectation as I trust that you will hold true to your Word. Amen.”
Pray God’s Promises When You Don’t Feel Forgiven by God
Have you ever committed a sin so great that you struggled to receive God’s forgiveness?
First John 1:9 reminds us that when we confess our sins, God forgives us: “If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just [true to His own nature and promises], and will forgive our sins and cleanse us continually from all unrighteousness [our wrongdoing, everything not in conformity with His will and purpose].”
Here’s an example of praying this promise:
“Lord, I confess my specific sin of (name the sin). I have been feeling guilty and condemned for this sin, but I know that there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus.
I repent of this sin—turning away from the sin and turning toward you. I commit to changing my behavior and leaving this sin behind.
Your Word declares that you are faithful to forgive us when we confess our sins. I receive your forgiveness.
I stand on this promise that I am forgiven, and I will declare your forgiveness again and again until my heart receives this truth. Amen.”
God’s Word is full of promises for every situation we face. The next time you can’t seem to overcome a debilitating thought or overwhelming emotion, use the examples of praying the promises of God to pray His promises over your life.
Our family made it through the difficult season of ongoing setbacks.
Since that time, we have learned that when life is tough, God calls us to stand on his promises instead of standing on our feelings. This shift has transformed the way we face trials and troubled times.
God wants to restore you and help you stand on the foundation of his precious promises.
Receive his gift today as you learn to pray his promises over your life as well.
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