This post is all about praying God’s promises
I’m super excited to write this blog post about praying God’s promises!
It’s also been a true labor of love to develop a free comprehensive 31-day bible reading challenge! Yes, you read that right…a free challenge where we can claim God’s promises to us each day!
So what can you expect from this post?
- Reasons why we should pray for God’s promises.
- Lessons from Abraham’s life on God’s promises
- And, of course… the FREE 31-day Bible challenge available for download at the end of the post!
P.S. This Bible reading is simple and beginner friendly! I will soon create a super in-depth and perhaps more intense alternative!
Ready? Let’s go!
The Seven Reasons for praying God’s promises
1. Helps us draw closer to the Lord and His perfect will for our lives
When we pray for His promises, we acknowledge that He knows all things and has already ordained them in advance (Psalm 139:16). This gives us comfort in knowing that He’s got us covered, and if we trust Him, He will take care of everything. Praying for God’s promises also reminds us of how much power He has over our lives and encourages us to rely on Him instead of ourselves.
2. Allows us to become more familiar with scripture
We may be familiar with the stories in the Bible, but when we activate and pray God’s promises, it gives us an opportunity to dive deeper into those texts and learn what they mean in our own lives. This allows us to understand better how these promises can affect our lives today rather than just something that happened long ago.
3. Helps draw us into His presence
When we take time to read scripture and ask Him to show us what He has promised, it opens up two-way communication between Him and us. In this way, we are able to experience His grace and goodness in a more personal way as He speaks directly into our hearts (John 15:7).
4. Helps us trust Him more fully
Often we struggle with doubt and fear, but when we take the time to pray for His promises and remember what He has said in scripture, it helps put those doubts to rest and reminds us of His faithfulness (Psalm 9:10). It also encourages us to hold on to our faith even through the hardest times.
5. Reminds us that He always keeps His word
In a world full of broken promises, it’s comforting to know that God never fails to keep the ones He has made (Isaiah 55:11). This is an important reminder that no matter what, we can always trust Him.
6. Gives us strength and hope in difficult times
When life gets hard, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and discouraged by our circumstances. But when we pray for His promises, we are reminded of His love for us and that He is working all things together for our good (Romans 8:28). This helps to give us the courage and the faith to keep going even when the odds seem stacked against us.
Finally, praying for God’s promises reminds us to be thankful for what He has already done in our lives. It helps to put into perspective how blessed we are and encourages us to be more grateful each day (Ephesians 5:20).
As you can see, God has given us many reasons to pray for His promises. He wants us to seek Him earnestly and trust in His Word. Let’s look at some biblical examples of people who waited on the Lord and received the blessings He had promised them.
Abraham’s story and lessons on promises
The story of Abraham’s life is full of lessons that can be applied to our lives today. Here are eight in-depth Christian lessons we can learn from the life of Abraham about the promises of God:
1. God’s Promises are exceedingly abundant
In Genesis 12:1-3, God promised to make Abraham into a great nation and bless him with land, descendants, and blessing. This promise was exceedingly abundant (see Ephesians 3:20-21). In fact, in Genesis 22:17 we are told that Abraham’s descendants/seed would be multiplied as the stars of heaven, and as the sand that is by the seashore!!!
We can see this principle at work in other Biblical stories as well. God’s promises are truly exceedingly abundant!
2. God’s Promises are Lasting
Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac was born (see Genesis 21:5). Abraham then lived to be 175 years old. The promise of land came after he passed on, but it did come to pass nonetheless. This reminds us that God never goes back on His word; when He makes a promise, we can trust that it will last for eternity.
3. God’s Promises are Eternal
As mentioned above, Abraham was promised land and descendants—promises that came true after his lifetime but also point to a much bigger picture of the eternal salvation given through Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:7-9). We must remember that even though God’s promises may take a while to be fulfilled, they are eternal.
4. God’s Promises are Powerful
Even though Abraham was older when God first made Him His promise (Genesis 17:1), he did not waver in his faith and believed that it would come true (Romans 4:18-21). Despite his age, he trusted that God’s promises were powerful enough to bring forth life and blessings even in unlikely circumstances.
5. God’s Promises Require Patience
In Genesis 15:2-3, Abraham asked God how He intended to fulfill His promise of providing him with descendants. Though it took many years, God worked in His perfect timing to fulfill this promise through the birth of Isaac. This reminds us that sometimes we must wait with patience for God’s promises to be fulfilled.
6. God’s Promises Require Faith
Abraham believed in God’s promises even when it seemed impossible (Romans 4:18-21). We should carry this same attitude towards our own lives and trust that although we cannot always see how things will work out, our faith can make all things possible.
7. God’s Promises are Reliable and will not come back void!
Over and over again throughout the Bible, we see God’s promises being fulfilled. As believers, we can count on His promises to be reliable and trust that when He makes a promise, it will come true. (see Isaiah 55:11)
8. God’s Promises are Comforting
No matter what happens in our lives, we can take comfort in knowing that God is faithful and will never leave us (Hebrews 13:5-6). We can also take comfort in all of His wonderful promises, which provide hope even during difficult times.
By learning these lessons from Abraham’s life, we can gain insight into the amazing power of God’s promises and how they can be applied to our own lives. No matter what we face, we can trust in God and His promises that are everlasting and true.
8 Steps to claiming & praying God’s promises (guidelines to 31-day Bible reading)
The following steps are essential when you embark on claiming God’s promises. I suggest adopting these steps when you begin the 31-day challenge I have attached at the end of this post…
1. Begin in prayer
Before starting each day’s journey, set aside some moments to pause and pray. Ask God to open your heart, mind, and spirit to understanding His Word as you read it.
2. Follow the Plan
Stick to whatever plan you choose for your challenge, whether that be a daily chapter or specific verse-by-verse readings—you know yourself best, so choose whichever works best for you!
3. Read the verses
As you read them, make sure to pay attention not only to what you are reading but also to how it applies to your life.
4. Meditate on the words
Once you have read the scriptures, take time each day to sit and meditate on them, prayerfully seeking God’s guidance in understanding their true meaning.
5. Personalize it
Take one verse or passage and personalize it by writing down how it speaks to your own heart. This can be done in a journal if you want a place to go back and reflect upon what you have learned over the course of the challenge.
6. Journal Your Reflection
A great part of this challenge is learning to seek clarity in what we read and understand even better how scripture works within our lives daily. Journaling can be a great way to look back and reflect on these experiences.
7. Use Index Cards
If you prefer, you can write out your favorite verses or passages on index cards so that you can have them with you at all times during the challenge and even after it is done!
8. Don’t fret if you miss a day or two
Yep—it is more important that you take your time and understand what you are reading than it is to follow a strict timeline.
Epic 31-Day Challenge: Praying God’s Promises Bible Reading Plan (with Free Printable)
Here are some additional tips:
- This challenge should be an enjoyable journey of faith, not a chore.
- I would encourage you to declare these promises with conviction!
- Ask others to join the challenge, especially those who may also benefit from this experience! If they choose to join in, you can even do the challenge together as accountability partners! This can help keep each other focused and encourage one another through the process.
- At the end of 31 days, reflect on what you have read and how it has impacted your life. You will likely find much joy in the insights gained throughout the Bible reading journey! Enjoy every moment with God’s Word!
- Finally, don’t forget to stay enthusiastic about this journey, as it is easy for any endeavor to become mundane if we are not careful. The Bible reading challenge is an opportunity to learn more about God and His Word; make sure every day brings excitement and anticipation of what will be revealed next!
Verse- “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” – Psalm 23:4
Meditate- God is my protector and always walks beside me.
Personalization Example- This verse gives me courage to face every situation in life with hope and confidence knowing that I have an all-powerful God who watches over me. Today, I choose to rely on His strength and guidance as I journey through the unknowns of life.
Verse- “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” – Deuteronomy 31:6
Meditate- We can have courage when facing difficult situations because we are never alone.
Personalization Example- This verse reminds me that no matter what I am facing, God is always with me. Today, I choose to remember this truth and use it as a source of strength and courage in my life.
Verse- “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” – Hebrews 4:16
Meditate- I can confidently approach God with my requests and needs.
Personalization Example- This verse reminds me that I can always come before God’s throne with faith that He will provide all of my needs according to His will. Today, I choose to believe that God is my helper and comforter in all circumstances.
For the complete 31-days, please click the download button below:
And that’s it, folks, Praying God’s Promises
In conclusion, praying for God’s promises is essential to a life of faith – not only allowing us to draw closer to Him but also giving us strength and encouragement during hard times. As we wait for the fulfillment of these promises, we can learn from the examples of bible characters how to remain hopeful and trust in the Lord. By doing this, we are reminded that God is always faithful and will never fail us.
With this knowledge, let us remember the power of holding onto God’s promises and the hope that comes from believing in them with faith.
May we never forget to look for guidance when times get tough and to always stand firm on the promises of God.