Proclaim. Mobilize. Equip.
Call 866-865-6253

Turn God’s Promises into Prayer—Part 1

October 29, 2018

“O Lord God, confirm forever the word that you have spoken concerning your servant and concerning his house, and do as you have spoken.” 2 Samuel 7:25

These words, “Do as you have spoken,” get us to the heart of prayer. When we pray, we ask God to do what he has promised. David repeatedly turns God’s promise into prayer:

“O Lord God, confirm forever the word that you have spoken… and do as you have spoken” (7:25). “Lord, what I am asking is what you have already said. Do as you have spoken!”

“For you, O Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, have made this revelation to your servant, saying, ‘I will build you a house.’ Therefore your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you” (7:27). David is saying, “Lord, if you had not said this, I would not have asked it, but hearing your promise has given me courage to ask this of you.”

“You have promised this good thing to your servant. Now therefore may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you” (7:28-29). Faith takes God’s promise and turns it into prayer.

Why would you pray for something that God has already promised? Because prayer is how God’s promises are delivered. Prayer is standing in the gap between what God has said and what you experience and it is bringing the two together.

What promise from God do you need to turn into prayer today?


The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.



Explore this topic further

Angels Long for This

The prophets… searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. 1 Peter 1:10-11 (NIV) Since the beginning of time God...

Read Post

When You Suffer

You may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith… may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 1 Peter 1:6-7 (NIV) Your faith has far more value than a Rembrandt painting....

Read Post

5 User IDs for Christians

I have written to you briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it. 1 Peter 5:12 (NIV) Peter is not writing this letter to explain what Christians believe. He is writing primarily to explain how Christians are to live. More than...

Read Post
For your gift of any amount

Momentum

Pursuing God's Blessings Through The Beatitudes

Get Unlocking the Bible's Weekly Email

"This Week at Unlocking the Bible" features new articles, radio programs, devotionals, and ministry updates

We will never sell or misuse your information.