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...
“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?