Chances are, you know how great and precious God’s promises are, but maybe you aren’t sure what to do with them? Specifically, how do you pray the promises of God in a way that aids your daily life and brings about His Kingdom agenda? Praying the promises of God will help you internalize them, make them your own, and usher in God’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
If you’ve never prayed the promises of God, I want to invite you to join me in doing so. I’m going to share exactly how to pray the promises of God and 40 promises of God I recommend you start with.
From personal experience, praying the promises of God will take you further in your faith walk than you’ve ever gone before and will deepen your intimacy with your Father in heaven!
If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out my post here on the Promises of God: 50 Promises of God You Can Count On and my story here on How Praying the Promises of God Transforms My Day.
God is a God of promise.
God has given His people promises since the beginning of time and He intends to fulfill every single one of them. No promise of God will ever be forgotten or left unfulfilled. We see saints praying God’s promises in Scripture because they knew their hope depended on God keeping His word. We too can be men and women known for praying God’s promises in prayer!
We can trust the promises of God because God isn’t like us.
We make empty promises on a regular basis. We promise to take our child to the park or to make cookies. (That’s not just me, right?) We promise to pray for a friend or to visit an elderly relative.
But all too often, our promises fall flat because of our inability to be 100% faithful. Not so with our heavenly Father.
He is faithful and His promises hold true. They are not bound by faulty humanity or by an inability to bring them to pass.
Why We Should Pray God’s Promises
Praying the promises of God is not just another thing to check off our quiet time list. Far from it! We want to pray the promises of God because His Word tells us the outcome of doing so.
1 John 5:14-15 tells us that when we pray in His will, He hears us and that if we know He hears us, we also know that we have the answer to our prayer.
What better way to know we are praying in His will than to pray His own word back to Him?
If we are busy praying the promises of God, it will give great confidence in prayer because every Word of Scripture is inspired by God. (2 Timothy 3:16)
When we learn how to pray the promises of God back to Him, we can rest assured that we are using words that were breathed out by Him, for our equipping. That’s powerful!
Our Part in Praying God’s Promises
“Okay, AJ, I can see the value in praying God’s word back to Him, but is praying God’s promises specifically commanded of us in Scripture?”
I am so glad you asked because this is where it gets good!
We see in 2 Corinthians 1:20 that, in Christ, all of God’s promises are fulfilled. And the verse goes on to say that we also add our “Amen” to those same promises.
Let’s take a step aside for just a moment to define the word, “Amen.” Amen originated in the Hebrew language and literally meant “it is so” or “so be it.” Simply put, it means to agree with or to say yes!
When we say “Amen” to God’s promises, we are agreeing with Him.
Now, don’t get me wrong. God certainly doesn’t need our agreement to make or fulfill His promises. Not at all. But in His goodness and kindness, He has allowed us to take part in them when we are in Christ. I have a suspicion that amening the promises is more about strengthening our own faith, confidence, hope, joy, and spiritual awareness, than it is about accomplishing anything great in prayer. I’ve definitely seen that to be the case in my own life… which is why I’m so excited about it!
When we add our Amen to the promises of God, we are saying, in effect, “Yes, God, let this be! I want and believe your promises to be true in my life, and in the lives of those around me.” Powerful!
Promises God Gave to Others in Scripture
One reason I think we don’t pray the promises of God is that we simply don’t know what they are. But we don’t have to get very far into the Bible to start seeing God making promises to His people. And every promise He makes, He brings to pass.
One of the very first promises we see in Scripture is the promise of a Savior.
In Genesis 3:15, God promised that One would come who would crush the head of our enemy for all time. We see that promise fulfilled in the birth of our Savior, Christ Jesus. (Luke 2:1-20)
In Genesis 12, God promised to make Abram a great nation, although Abram’s wife was barren. And even though Abram and his wife stepped out in front of God with their own plan, they couldn’t thwart God’s promise to do exactly what He said He would do. When they were old and gray, Sarai, now named Sarah, gave birth to a son. (Genesis 21:1-7)
In Exodus 3:12-15, God promised Moses that God Himself would put the words into Moses’ mouth that he would need to get the Israelites out of Egypt. And even though Moses was stubborn, and even though God was very angry with him, He kept His promise and His people escaped 430 years of slavery.
God’s Word is replete with promises made and fulfilled. The above examples are merely 3 promises in the first 2 books of the Bible. Let’s talk about some specific promises of God to us.
How to Pray the Promises of God
Where to Begin: Finding the Promises of God
If you’ve ever asked, “But Where Do I Begin?” you’re not alone!
First, when praying the promises of God, we need to be careful to choose passages that apply to all believers and not specifically to a certain person or people group.
For example, we wouldn’t pray through the promise God gave Abram to make him a great nation and apply it to our own life. (Heh, I guess you could pray that, but understand this was a specific promise to a specific man to accomplish God’s purposes in establishing a people for Himself.)
I find that the best way to pray God’s promises is to remember that as believers, all God’s promises to us are “yes” IN CHRIST. Therefore, looking for the promises of God provided us in Christ (or because of Christ) is important! You can be sure God says YES to these promises!
For me, I look for these promises in the Bible as I go about my daily reading. If I’m reading through the book of Colossians, for example, as I read the passage of the day, I am looking for any promises God gives to believers. (Ex: Colossians 3:23-24)
I make a note of those in my journal or mark them in my Bible, and after my reading, I spend some time going through the 4 steps I outlined below. You could also keep a running list of them, sorted by topic, to come back to later.
Another way to find God’s promises is to use a concordance to look up certain topics. I will get into this more in a little bit, but even using the small concordance in the back of your Bible will lead you to passages that might contain a promise of God for that circumstance. Again, start a list that you can stick in your Bible or keep in a journal to come back to when you need them.
Lastly, when you’re reading the Bible, notice the things that God promised to the people in the passage.
If you are still stuck, or want a ready-made place to start, I’ve put together a wonderful place to begin praying the promises of God below, the 40-Day Praying the Promises of the Cross Prayer Challenge!
For example, in Joshua 1:1-9, God makes some specific promises to Joshua: to be with him, to make him prosperous, to give the land to the Israelites that He had promised to them.
But a closer look at the passage tells us that there are things that we can also pray back to God as promises.
God promises Joshua in chapter 1, verses 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9, that if Joshua keeps God’s Word as his guide, if he meditates on It, if he obeys Its commands, that God will be with him and he will succeed in the job God has given him to do.
We know from other passages of Scripture that God also promises never to leave us nor forsake us, so we can boldly pray the promises of Joshua chapter 1. These are universal promises made to His people because we see these things all throughout Scripture. We can pray for courage, for success in the endeavors He gives us, for His will to be made known through us, and for us to be a witness to those around us of His power.
4 Steps to Praying the Promises of God
I hope that by now you can see the value in praying the promises of God. When we pray His promises, we learn more about His faithfulness to His people, we see His hand in bringing His will to pass, and we deepen our trust in Him.
But if you’ve never prayed the promises of God, you might feel unsure as to how to do it. And while there is no one right way, I want to offer you the method that I have used personally for many years. I find this method to be extremely doable, even when life is busy and I don’t have hours for journaling or deep study.
Here are the 4 steps I follow to pray God’s promises:
#1- Read it. The first step, after choosing your first promise to pray, is to read it. And I don’t mean just a cursory reading of the text. I mean, pull out all your Bible translations. Or, if you don’t own a bunch of different ones, open the YouVersion app and choose the translations you want to read.
Reading several different translations gives you the opportunity to see how changing one word in the text gives you a whole different perspective on the verse or passage. Some of my favorite translations are:
Another way to thoroughly read the passage is to emphasize each word in turn. When you do this, you pick up the nuances of the words and it helps you to see the deeper meaning of the words in context.
#2- Write it. After you’ve read the passage, you want to grab a journal or notebook and write the entire verse or Scripture passage out. Why do we write it out?
Simple! The act of writing something out causes your brain to “hang onto it” on a deeper level. It forces us to slow down, increases our comprehension, and makes it easier to remember. And when you combine several readings with writing it out, the promises of God stick in your mind for a longer period of time. And that’s super important for the next step, which is…
#3- Ponder it. What does it mean to ponder? I like to use another word that most of us are familiar with: meditate. Now let me say this, the Biblical form of meditation is very different than what you might think meditation is.
Biblical meditation means to think deeply about, to spend time on, to wonder, to look closely at. It does not mean to empty your mind. It means to fill it with truth!
We ponder God’s promises by asking questions of the text.
Ask things like-
- Who was the original recipient and what did the passage mean to the audience it was written to?
- What does the passage say about God?
- What does the passage teach me about His character (goodness, faithfulness, intentions, etc)?
- What promise of God is contained in the passage and what, if any, stipulations are there to that promise?
- Finally, ask how this promise applies to your life and what it requires of us?
If possible, I like to jot my thoughts down in a journal throughout the day as I ponder God’s promises.
#4- Pray it. By now, you should have a deeper understanding of the passage you’ve been reading. It’s time to pray through it. This is where you pray God’s promises back to him. I strongly suggest pulling that pen and paper back out and getting into the habit of writing out your prayers.
The reason I suggest writing out your prayers is that it allows you to use your ponderings to really talk to God about what you understand from the passage. It also helps you to pull your thoughts out and increase the depth of your prayer life.
When you write out your prayers after deeply pondering the meaning of the passage, you won’t be using vain repetition or empty phrases. You will be praying God’s Word back to Him. And those are prayers He has promised to answer.
Here is a simple way to pray a promise back to Him: “Lord your word says _________________________________ and by faith, I’m trusting this is true for _______________________________. Regardless of what I see or how I feel, I’m believing your promise.”
Praying the Promises of God, by Topic
If you’re ready to get started praying the promises of God, here are some Scriptures and topics to get you started!
Note: This is purposely a short list.
The Bible is filled with promises so please don’t stop here, but use this list as a jumping-off point and add to it as you study God’s Word!
Pray God’s Promises Regarding Worry or Fear
1 Peter 5:7
“Lord, your word says you deeply care for me and because of that, I can cast my cares upon you. I bring my worries and concerns to you right now and one by one, I place them under Your control. Because you are my shepherd, I do not need to fear or try to control my life. Please guard my heart and mind with your peace as I trust in your character and strong ability to handle things. Thank you that you are capable and willing to care for each of these things I am concerned over. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
Pray God’s Promises Regarding God’s Presence
“Lord, I’m so thankful your word promises you are always with me. Sometimes ____________ makes me feel so isolated and alone, yet I know I’m not… you are here. Each step, each decision I make, you are there. Please lead me and guide me in the way I should go and grant me an awareness of your presence in my life. In Jesus name, amen.”
Pray God’s Promises for Strength During Trials
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
“God, my strength is so small! I confess my limitations and need for you. I know your strength is made perfect in my weakness, so I will be at rest with weakness. I ask now for your strength to be mine in __________trial right now, based on the authority of your promises. Please allow me to demonstrate your glory and strength in this situation. In your name, amen.”
Pray God’s Promises for Courage
1 Corinthians 16:13
“God, sometimes the giants in life seem big and scary. It’s easy to run and hide from responsibilities. Yet your word promises you are with me, giving me the strength I need to do even the hardest of things. Help me be strong in your strength and clothe myself in the courage that you provide. I will not allow fear to hold me back but will trust you and courageously take action. In your name, amen.”
Pray God’s Promises for Joy
“Lord, you command me to rejoice always because you are always working things to my good and your glory. I know joy is a fruit of the Spirit that is mine in Christ Jesus. Please fill me with joy in your presence and give me the eyes to see you at work all around me. I claim the promise of joy in my life. In your name, amen.”
Pray God’s Promises for Forgiveness
1 John 1:9
“God, this is an incredible promise! Regardless of how far I feel I’ve gone, your word promises you are faithful and just to forgive me when I confess my sin. I come to you honestly about my sin and confess ____________ to you openly. I receive the promise of your forgiveness and cleansing of this sin through the blood of Jesus. Wash me clean and change my heart O God.”
Pray God’s Promises for Victory over Temptation
1 Corinthians 10:13
1 Timothy 6:11
“Lord, I want to walk before you in purity but can’t do it on my own. Your word promises you always provide a way of escape. Thank you, God. Help me to seek the way out in the middle of temptation and remind my heart to turn to you in moments of need.”
How to Begin Praying God’s Promises Today
I have given you reasons why you might want to pray God’s promises, shown you step-by-step how to go about it, and provided you with some sample promises and prayers to get you started.
Can you see how praying the promises of God is a sure-fire way to deepen your faith?!
I invite you now to join our 40-day challenge on Praying the Promises of God and make this a daily habit in your life! It’s easy to get started… just sign up below and we’ll send everything you need to get started!
As you see Him fulfill His promises in your life, your trust in Him and in His Word will grow greater and greater! You will begin to see Him as a God of promise.
We have seen already that God’s Word began with promises. Before we go, let’s take one final look at how His Word also ends with a promise.
Revelation 22:21-22 says, “He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming quickly.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with all. Amen.”
Did you catch that? There are two “Amens” in those verses. Can you add your Amen to that? Can you say “Amen” to the Lord Jesus coming quickly?
If you need an easy way to begin praying His promises today, why not start there? By saying Amen to His coming.
He is coming back. You can count on it…because He fulfills every one of His promises.