A little over a year ago, I wrote something in my journal about praying the promises of God.
I had no idea it would become the most popular post EVER written on my site or result in tens of thousands of people sharing it. (You never can predict these things.) I simply wrote it after reading II Corinthians 1:20 in my time with the Lord one morning.
If you’ll recall, II Corinthians 1:20 is the verse which says all God’s promises are “yes!” in Christ.
Pretty exciting stuff … but we often overlook the second part of that verse which says, “Therefore, we also give our “amen” or “yes” back to the promises of God.”
That second part gave me pause. I had never considered **my** part or responsibility to amen God’s promises.
The Lord seemed to ask me that day, “What is your life amen-ing, Arabah? Do you amen My “yes” over your life? Or do you amen the world’s “no?”
His probing continued,
“Do you amen My provisions, My presence, My calling, choosing, and acceptance of you? Or does your life amen the negative all around you, the dark parts of your past, the identity others give you, the shame inside you, the lies of the evil one?”
Truthfully, the answer was clear and it wasn’t so pretty. I knew I amen-ed more of life’s “no’s” than I did God’s “yeses.”
And again, the Lord seemed to ask—invite me, really— to consider what would happen if I began intentionally amen-ing His promises, just like II Corinthians 1:20 instructs.
Well it certainly got me to wondering what would happen if I deliberately sat down with one promise from His word each day and gave my “amen” to it?
Of course I had to try it and see!
I wasn’t sure where to start so I pulled 40 promises out of the devotional book I’d just written Trust Without Borders and I started praying one promise a day.
I didn’t want to overcommit or take on something I couldn’t keep up with.
I also set a time frame so I wouldn’t feel shackled to a lifelong commitment: I’d do it for 40 days to line up with the 40-day devotional I’d written and take it from there.
At first, praying the promises didn’t seem particularly special. There were no lightening bolts from heaven, no mountain top experiences. Just a few minutes in the morning of affirming God’s “yes” in my life.
But then something started happening. My morning times of affirming promises bled over into other times throughout my day.
For example, when I blew it big time in my home, I would affirm God’s promise that He justifies the ungodly from Romans 4:5 (and the shoe fit, heh.) Instead of wallowing in guilt and shame though, I would experience God’s forgiveness and restoration much quicker than ever before.
When I felt so inept and insecure I could hardly show my face in public, I would affirm God’s promise from II Corinthians 3:5 that my adequacy was from Him. I found myself accepting challenges and invitations to do things I never would have attempted previously.
When I didn’t feel I had the strength to get out of bed to face the day ahead, I would affirm God’s promises that He had given me a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind.
And I discovered something happening within me: day by day my spirit grew stronger, my confidence more firm, my neediness for other’s approval lessened, my relationship with God grew more secure, my anxiety decreased.
Before long, I had this unshakable confidence that God knew what He was doing in me, I wasn’t forgotten, and I didn’t need the approval of others to be who He made me to be. I experienced a fearlessness I’d never known before. I was growing in Christ by leaps and bounds!
II Peter 1:4 says,
“He has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature.”
Over the past year I’ve experienced firsthand how powerful the one little spiritual discipline of praying these promises can be.
And I want you to see what can happen in your life too.
You are invited to take the 40 Days of Praying the Promises of the Cross Challenge!
This challenge is simple. For the next 40 days, pray just one Christ-centered promise a day.
Oh, and be prepared for a spiritual awakening because it’s headed your way!
I don’t know what you are facing right now or where you are spiritually, but I invite you to join me and pray ONE promise a day for 40 days and see how God transforms your day… your family… your life.
You can do this!!
If you are ready to dive in headlong, we’ve also prepared a special prayer journal to make it super easy!
This is a “convenience resource” that includes everything you need all in one place! You can do the challenge without the journal by DIY’ing it. BUT we’ve had many requests for a ready-made resource to make this challenge super easy and we’re happy to provide this Prayer Kit:
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