Daily Devotional

The Promises of God

2 Corinthians 1:20 - “For all the promises of God in Christ are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God…” (NKJV)

There is a promise from God in Scripture for every conceivable situation we may encounter in life.  And since we’re always facing some sort of situation—a need, a trial, a perplexing dilemma, a decision, a new opportunity—that means we should always be holding onto one of the promises of God.

What “situation” are you going through today, and what promise are you holding onto?

In 2 Corinthians 1:20, Paul tells us that all of the promises of God are “yes” in Christ.  In other words, when properly understood and applied they are guaranteed.  

Joel Beeke calls the promises of God “a kind of middle thing between God’s purpose and performance, between his intention of good and his execution of it upon those whom he loves.  The good that God purposes and intends to do for us, he reveals to us ahead of time by way of a promise, to grant us present comfort and to draw forth hope and expectancy.  Thus, a promise is both the ground of present comfort and the expectation of future blessings.”

A couple days ago I had a chance to visit my mom in southern California, and we took a tour of the assisted living facility she is moving into.  Recently, she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and our family is facing some big and difficult decisions.  I can’t imagine navigating this season of life without the promises of God.  My mom knows the Lord, so here are a couple of promises I’m holding onto for her.  In fact, these are my prayers for her.

Isaiah 40:29 – “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”

Isaiah 46:4 – “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”

Charles Spurgeon once said: “What is prayer but the promise pleaded?  A promise is, so to speak, the raw material of prayer.  The promise is the power of prayer.”

To put it more simply, true prayer is grabbing hold of the promises of God and asking him to grant what he has already purposed to give.  That is how we pray according to the will of God, and that is our confidence and hope!

So what “situation” are you going through today, and what promise are you holding onto?  If you’d like to share, send me an email so I can pray for you.  
"New King James Version (NKJV)
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved."