How do you pray God's promises

Prayer is based on the promises of God

03/29/2020 Daniel

Christian Achenbach

“In the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood in the scriptures the number of years concerning which the word of the Lord came to the prophet Jeremiah, namely, that 70 years should be completed for the desolation of Jerusalem. And I set my face to the Lord God, to seek him with prayer and supplication, in fasting and sackcloth and ashes. ”(Dan 9: 2, 3)

Daniel had now become an old man and it had been almost 70 years since he and other Jews were taken prisoner to Babel. In Babel Daniel had seen various kings and the rise and fall of the Babylonian Empire. Now the media king Darius ruled Babel as co-regent of the Persian king Cyrus.

It must have been an unforgettable day for Daniel when, after many years of faithful prayer (Dan 6:11) and studying the existing copies of the Word of God, he came across promises from the prophet Jeremiah that he obviously never got stuck with before was like that day.

Suddenly Daniel realizes realities that he had not been aware of before: God had promised that He would bring his people back to their land after 70 years and that the Babylonian empire would come to an end (Jer 25:11; 29:10).

But God had also foretold that his people would call on him, seek him with all their hearts and then bring his people back to the land of Israel.

“And you will call me and go and pray to me and I will listen to you. And you will search for me and find me, because you will ask for me with all your heart; " (Jer 29.11.12)

Even if the outward decline of Babylon was visible to every wide-awake Jew, there was still nothing to be seen of the revival among God's people and a genuine conversion. But when Daniel reads the words of the prophet Jeremiah, God is doing something very special in His heart: Daniel recognizes the failure of the people in the past, he recognizes the guilt and the need for humiliation and repentance.

The consequence of this knowledge is prayer. In his prayer to God, Daniel relies solely on the promises of God. Even if nothing of a turning back and turning to God was visible in the entire people, then he wanted to start personally and be obedient to God.

He takes God at his word and can therefore know that God will hear him. God had said:"I will listen to you!"

God's word is full of promises. Claim these promises for yourself personally and turn them into a prayer to God. For example, if you are faced with difficult challenges or even in the middle of problems, then take God's promise that He will not "fail and forsake" you (Heb 13: 5) and remind God of this in prayer.

God's promises should never lead us to lead a passive Christian life because His promises come true anyway and we could therefore enjoy the "armchair position". No, they should just motivate us to "collect" them for ourselves and God always in prayer put forward again. Because prayer, what God can hear, is based on his promises, it is based on his word.

Do like Nehemiah or other men or women of faith who prayed like this:Remember the word that you commanded your servant Moses when you said: [...] " (Neh 1,8) God is quite sure of his promises and is happy when you pray.