Receiving God’s Promises
When we make Jesus the Lord of our lives, we become the children of God (John 1:12) and heirs of His promises (Romans 8:17). There are thousands of promises in the Bible which provide an unlimited source of spiritual and physical blessings to God’s children. The ABC’s of prayer to the believers are — ask, believe, and claim. Jesus promised, “Therefore, I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them” (Mark 11:24).
The first thing you need to do is ask for God’s spiritual and physical blessings as you submit to Him. And God will most certainly honor His word. Those who ask will not be disappointed (Matthew 7:9–11). God is not sparing with the gifts of heaven for He offered His only begotten Son to save us (John 3:16). To receive a promise, you need to pray in Jesus’ name. Jesus said, “No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). We don’t deserve a promise based on what we have done, but we can have it on the good name of His Son. “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen” (2 Corinthians 1:20).
Then, you need to believe that God will come through for you in the way He thinks is best. By faith, the Christian considers himself already in possession of what has been promised him. His utter trust in the One who has made the promises leaves no doubt as to their fulfillment in right time. Faith thus enables a Christian not only to claim the promised blessings but to receive and to enjoy them now. The good things to come are no longer only future dreams, but living realities in the present. To the one that have faith what is otherwise unseen becomes seen.
You can pray this simple prayer, “Lord, I believe in your promise. I am asking you, in the name of Christ, to fulfill it. Thank you.” When you approach the Father like this, believing in the integrity of His Word, you honor Him, His promise, and His Son. You need to persist in your prayer as in the parable of the widow and the unjust judge (Luke 18:1-8).
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