In this article, we will cover praying the promises of God in this how-to guide. We will cover steps and examples…
Praying the promises of God is an important concept to understand and something we as Christians should practice. I remember reading a few books when I first got saved on the topic, and it really showed me how important it is to pray God’s Word back to Him. This goes for His promises as well.
The promises of God are given to all of His people, they are eternal, and they are always good to pray if you are in a good season or when you find yourself in a difficult situation.
There are many promises of God to His people written in the Bible, and all of the promises of God are safe prayers to pray and sturdy words to lean on. It is important to know the promises of God in context, as praying them can bring confidence and hope in the Lord.
Let’s explore the promises of God, why it is important to pray the promises of God, how to pray them, and what it looks like to stand in faith and pray the promises that God has given to us, His people.
What Are The Promises Of God?
Let’s begin by first learning about the promises of God and looking at some of the promises that He made to us in the Bible; these are just some of the promises that we can lean on and pray for.
The promises of God are eternal statements made by the Lord to His people. There are several of these statements written throughout the Old and New Testaments, and every one of them is for all believers.
These promises reveal the heart of God for us and give us anchor points from which to pray and stand in faith.
For example, a promise of God is found in Deuteronomy 31:8 and Hebrews 13:5, where God promises that He will never leave us nor forsake us.
And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” – Deuteronomy 31:8
Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” – Hebrews 13:5
Here are a few other ones as well:
- James 4:8 says that if we draw near to God, He will always draw near to us.
- Hebrews 4:16 says we can boldly approach the throne of grace and find grace and help in a time of need.
- Matthew 11:28 promises rest for those who are weary as they come to Jesus.
- Psalm 91 speaks the words of God and says that those who set their love on the Lord will call His name, and He will answer them, and be with them, and deliver them.
These are some examples of the promises of God that we find in the Bible. Every Scripture that reads this way, where the Lord makes declarations over His people, promises to His children, or speaks life and truth over us, are the promises of God.
These promises are ever-lasting, as they are written in the Word of God, and heaven and earth will pass away before even one word is removed.
For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. – Matthew 5:18
Why Should We Pray The Promises Of God?
Praying for the promises of the Lord is important for every believer. Praying the words God has spoken over us bolsters our faith, keeps us walking in the Lord, and helps us remain steadfast, regardless of what we are going through.
The Bible says that all Scripture is breathed out by God (2 Timothy 3:16). Therefore, all the promises of God found in the Scriptures are intentional and meant for every believer to know and believe.
Praying the promises of God over ourselves, our lives, our loved ones, and over situations and circumstances is an excellent way to activate your faith and to speak the truth of God into your life. And to see things change!
We serve a God that can bring transformation into our lives. Sometimes it’s on a personal level in our hearts, and sometimes it’s on a larger scale where He changes situations and circumstances.
This practice teaches us to remember the promises of God, to believe His Word, and in it, we receive His heart for us and His strength.
The promises of God bring us hope, surety, consolation, comfort, strength, peace, and confidence in God. Praying for His promises and thanking Him for what He has done is vital to prayer and living in Christ.
God has given us these promises to stand on and believe in. They have the power to bring change into our lives!
Pray for them whenever you remember them, or take some time to memorize some of the key promises that stand out to you.
How To Pray The Promises Of God
We have established why it is important to pray for the promises of God, but how do you pray the promises of God?
How do you stand on these words during times of prayer?
The answer here is found in 2 Corinthians 1:20-22.
“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.” – 2 Corinthians 1:20-21, NKJV.
Here we learn that every promise of God is Yes and Amen in Jesus Christ, and we have the Holy Spirit in us as a guarantee of His faithfulness and as a demonstration of His promises. How wonderful is that?!
It is from this place that we pray the promises of God. Pray these promises given to us by the Father of Lights who only gives good gifts (James 1:17), knowing that his word is true, that He only has good plans for us.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. – Jeremiah 29:11
Here are some key ways we can practically do this:
- Pray the promises of God by reading them aloud and speaking to God about them.
- Meditate on them during your devotional time.
- Pray them in the Holy Spirit.
- Declare or Speak them over yourself, like a Biblical affirmation.
- If praying the promises of God over others, you can do this during your personal devotional time with the Lord, Ask the person if they would like prayer, or if its a child you can pray with them and over them in the morning or before bedtime.
Praying the promises of God is powerful, and there is never an incorrect moment to do so. Learn the promises of God, remember them, read them, write them down, and pray them as you feel led to by the Lord.
Turn to the promises of God when you encounter times of trouble or difficulty, and remember them as you go through times of ease and peace. Pray them always, and be thankful to the Lord for the promises that He has given, for they are ours forever!
His promises are always yes and amen in Christ Jesus. Believe in Him, and believe in His Word as you pray.
Examples: Promises of God in Scripture
There are several examples of praying the promises of God in the Bible. Some of the best places to find these examples are the prayers prayed by Paul in his epistles to the churches. These are known as Apostolic prayers.
For example, in Ephesians 1:17-23, Paul prays that the believers in Ephesus would receive the spirit of revelation and wisdom in the knowledge of God, that the eyes of the people’s understanding would be enlightened, and that they would know the riches of the glory of Jesus’ inheritance in the saints.
All of these are promises of God that Paul is praying over the people of this church. And we too can pray over ourselves!
Again, in Ephesians 3:14-21, Paul prays over the same church and declares promises from God that the church may know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that they would be strengthened by the Holy Spirit, that they would experience the glory of God, and that they would be completely filled with all the fullness of the Lord.
Jesus prayed the promises of God over believers and His disciples in John 17. There are wonderful truths we can pull from our Lord’s prayer and pray back to Him.
Switching to the Old Testament, there are several instances of David praying prayers to God and quoting the things that God has told him, the promises that God had given him. We see a lot of these in the Psalms.
All these are Biblical examples of praying the promises of God, but examples of this practice in your own life are to pray the promises that you find in the Bible by reading them out loud as you pray, thanking the Lord for them as you pray, and believing in His words as you pray them.
A Written Example Of Praying God’s Promises
I’m one of those people that really enjoys examples. It’s super helpful for me to see how someone ministers and prayers. Not to copy, but to understand how different people interact with the Lord. It can help us develop our personal relationship with Him.
Let’s take Psalm 16:5-6 as our promises:
O Lord, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup;
You maintain my lot.
The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;
Yes, I have a good inheritance.
Heavenly Father, I give You praise and glory for how good You are. Thank You, Lord, for Your Word. It speaks the truth and is powerful. It says in Pslam 16:5-6 the paths that You have laid out for me are pleasant and bring me joy. Lord, I ask that would be so in my life.
I ask for the grace and ability to experience my inheritance in Christ. That I would walk in that daily knowing You are forever with me. And may these lines remain forever true in my life, guiding me toward the good things You have in store for me. Thank You for being my portion and cup and maintaining my lot in life. In the mighty name of Jesus, Amen.
Praying the promises of God is important for every believer. This practice brings strength, clarity, surety, and comfort in all seasons of life. The promises of God are the words of God, and they are always faithful and true.
Regardless of what you are facing, you can always pray the promises of God and find comfort in them. Declare these promises when you pray, and watch the fruit of them grow in your life as you begin to walk in God’s promises for you.
Melissa is a passionate minister, speaker and an ongoing learner of the Bible. She has been involved in church and vocational ministry for over 18 years. And is the founder of Think About Such Things. She has the heart to equip the saints by helping them get into the Word of God and fall more in love with Jesus. She also enjoys family, cooking, and reading.
She has spoken in churches in California, Oregon, Texas, and Mexico and has been featured in Guidepost Magazine and All Recipes Magazine. Read More…