Discover Prayer (Part III): Pray the Promise, Not Just the Problem!

Pray the PROMISE, NOT just the PROBLEM.  God was aware of our problem(s) before we were and provided a promise as the solution (i.e., scripture verse(s) in the Bible) long before it came to our attention.  Furthermore, rehearsing ONLY the problem to God makes it grow larger in our hearts (1).  Praying the promise causes our hearts to believe in God more than the problem.  Remember, whatever you place your attention on will grow larger in your heart – PROMISE or PROBLEM.

The scriptural basis for praying the promises:

Praying the promise(s) guarantees that it will be answered according to our request (John 15:7. Isaiah 55:10,11). Furthermore, God has stated that if we pray according to a promise that the answer will always be yes and amen (i.e., make it so)! (2 Corinthians 1:20. Joshua 21:45. Joshua 23:14).  However, this does not mean we will get just about anything we want, but rather, as we abide in His Word (i.e., the Bible), our desires change to become what God desires for us. Then we ask for what He desires for us and receive it! (Psalms 37:4) Do not worry, God wants us to have all things that pertain to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).

Again, God has stated that if we pray according to His will (God’s Word is His will) that our prayers are answered according to our requests (1 John 5:14,15).  Notice the emphasis is on the change in our lives and not God’s.  If we pray according to His will, then we will have confidence that He hears us.  Furthermore, if we have confidence in God hearing us, then we know that our prayer will be answered according to our request. 

For example, say you are in a situation that seems hopeless and you do not know what to do. If you were just to pray the problem it could go something like:

Heavenly Father I just do not know what to do please help me.

This is good, but it does not include WHY God should help – other than the fact that He is Love (i.e., Grace, Mercy, and Compassion) Himself! Recall we ask in Jesus’ Name (1) because our right to have anything from God the Father is NOT based on our performance or works but rather the completed works of Jesus Christ!

In fact, a covenant (i.e., an eternal contract) has been made between God the Father and Jesus His unique Son for us! This contract is the New Covenant or New Testament of the Bible, which has many promises for us to use in having our needs, wants, and desires met by God, our Father.

Furthermore, the Old Covenant promises are given to us as well with some clarifications, as stated in the New Covenant. That is, the whole Bible and its promises are available to us! Therefore, we need to read the Bible in order to find promises that will help with our problems. For example, help with the problem of not knowing what to do is answered nicely by the following promise in the New Covenant:

But if anyone is deficient in wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without reprimand, and it will be given to him. (James 1:5 NET)

Now let us use the same problem of not knowing what to do and pray the PROMISE along with the PROBLEM (remember motive (1) is important, too):

Heavenly Father I just do not know what to do; however, you have promised in Your Word that if we lack wisdom we are to ask you for it and you will not give us a hard time about waiting so long before coming to you but you will simply give it to us (James 1:5). I am asking for your wisdom so that I can let my light so shine before people that they may see my good works and give you my Heavenly Father all the glory! (Matthew 5:16) I ask in Jesus’ name, Amen

In addition to getting what we need, want, and desire, it is through praying the promises of God that we learn them by spiritual heart, and this is what transforms us into Jesus’ image! (2 Peter 1:4)

Take note that God is saying the reason His children are destroyed is that they lack the knowledge of God (Hosea 4:1,6).  Often we blame God for not doing or giving us what we want when the problem is with our asking (1).  We do not know what God has already said and done about our situation; therefore, we base our prayer on the PROBLEM only and not with the addition of the PROMISE.  That is, we fail to understand what has been placed on the table before us (Psalms 23:5).

Lastly, the promises of the New Covenant (which includes the Old Covenant with some clarifications) are secured in Heaven by the blood of Jesus (Hebrews 9:11,12, 24,25,26).  This means that God our Father takes the promises as serious as God His unique Son Jesus’ shed blood!

Application Prayer:

Heavenly Father without your promises we have no confidence in receiving the things we ask of You.  Please reveal your promises, your will, to us that we might show the world your joy – our strength.  Amen.  (Based on 1 John 5:14,15.John 16:13,24. John 14:26. Nehemiah 8:10).

Discover Pray Series:

1. We Must Ask (1)

2. Seek Only Our Heavenly Father’s Glory (1)

3. Pray the Promise Not Just the Problem (1)

4. Pray in Faith (1)

5. Live a Lifestyle of Unconditionally Loving Others (1)

6. Have an Attitude of Gratitude (1)

7. Be Persistent (1)

8. Power Dressing for Prayer (1)

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Hal Warren

Hal has been teaching the Bible for over three decades. Through an interdenominational ministry dedicated to helping the local church build men for Jesus, Hal trained men, the leaders of men’s ministries, and provided pulpit supply. Before that, he was a Men’s Ministry Leader and an Adult Bible Fellowship teacher of a seventy-five-member class at a denominational megachurch. Presently, Hal desires to honor Jesus Christ through this Internet teaching ministry, thereby glorifying the Heavenly Father, in the power and presence of the Holy Spirit.

Hal and his wife have five adult children, several grandchildren, and with more grandchildren on the way! He believes, second to cultivating his relationship with God, that raising his family unto the Lord is the most significant task for him while on Earth. Furthermore, Hal believes that being a successful leader in the church or workplace is no substitute for failing to be a successful leader at home. 

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