“You may be asking why I changed my plan. Do you think I make my plans carelessly? Do you think I am like people of the world who say ‘yes’ when they really mean ‘no?’ As surely as God is faithful, our word to you does not waver between ‘yes’ and ‘no.’ For Jesus Christ, the Son of God, does not waver between ‘yes’ and ‘no.’ He is the one whom Silas, Timothy, and I preached to you, and as God’s ultimate ‘yes,’ he always does what he says. For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding ‘yes!’ And through Christ, our ‘amen’ (which means ‘yes’) ascends to God for his glory.” (2 Corinthians 1:17-20)
Do you see what this Scripture says? No matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘yes’ in Christ. You can’t ask too much of God or exhaust His ability! God wants us to have all the promises. He wants you to have everything you need for life and godliness. No matter how many promises there are, God made them for you. You don’t have to beg, you just have to believe and agree with what God has promised in His Word! God is faithful and His will has always been ‘yes’ to you as a believer. In Matthew 6:7-8, Jesus said “Stop babbling like unbelievers, thinking you’ll be heard because of your many words. God already knows what you need.” In Philippians 4:6 we read, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
We don’t need to beg or plead with God. Pray with thanksgiving because you know that no matter how many promises God has made, how many things He’s already come through on, the answer is still ‘yes!’
So all that’s required of me is to go find a promise in God’s word for whatever I need and take that promise before the Lord, thanking Him for the answer which is ‘yes.’ This is a prayer of agreement, God’s promise (His word) directed by the Holy Spirit, and my request believed, will always come to pass. I am agreeing with God’s Word, and I am thankful. I am only required to believe I will receive when I pray. Believe is the verb form of faith, it means to trust in, have faith in, be fully convinced of or rely on someone or something. It expresses reliance upon and a personal trust that produces obedience. It includes submission and a positive confession of the lordship of Jesus.
So when we read the Word, we find scripture like 1 John 5:14-15: “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us — whatever we ask — we know that we have what we asked of him.”
We know that His promise is His will. So we take that promise and agree with it and bring it to the Father knowing that the answer is ‘yes.’ Why? Because it is already yours, it’s a promise. This is life in the kingdom of God. It is so powerful if you get ahold of this. It is the God kind of faith that Jesus taught in Mark 11:24: “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
We have this confidence because of what we have learned from 2 Peter 1:3-4: “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.”
God wants you to participate in His divine nature by receiving His precious promises.
Let’s say you were sick and you find a promise that says, “Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.” (James 5:14-15)
The Scripture is very clear. If anyone is sick, it tells you what you should do. The promise is you will be healed and raised up. If you believe God’s promise and did what God said to do, then how would you act? You would say, thank you Lord I am healed. You wouldn’t say, I’m trying to get healed or I’m believing God to heal me. No, God gave you His very great and precious promise that you can participate in His divine nature, calling things that are not as though they were. Your claim to speak like this is because you already have the promise.
Find a promise from God today and begin to call it as it were for your situation, then believe you will receive it and you will have it.
This is the journey that we will be taking with our five students who came to the United States last year to intern in business. We will be taking promises from God and will pray out plans for new businesses throughout Cambodia. Please join us in prayer and support as we begin the process of creating economic opportunities for the kids who come up through New Hope for Orphans.
“And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)