Praying God’s Promises
2 Peter 1:20-21
First of all, you should know this: no prophecy of Scripture comes from one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by the will of man; instead, moved by the Holy Spirit, he spoke from God.
Peter knew what he was talking about here. When Jesus took him, James, and John to the Mount of Transfiguration, Peter tried to insert his own will into the glory of what was happening before him, and God, Himself, spoke up to silence Peter. In short, God told Peter to shut up and listen to Jesus.
Indeed, no prophecy came from the will of man. When God revealed things to his prophets, they were divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit, and we can trust them. All through the books of the prophets we find many prophecies and promises. My favorite is the book of Isaiah, where we find promises of hope and restoration, as well as the coming of Jesus Christ.
Since we know for sure these prophecies and promises are from God, Himself, hang on to this one today:
For just as rain and snow fall from heaven and do not return there without saturating the earth, making it germinate and sprout, and providing seed to sow and food to eat, so My word that comes from My mouth will not return to Me empty, but it will accomplish what I please, and will prosper in what I send it to do.
We can pray directly from the Scriptures and know we are praying the very heart and voice of God when we do! If we find a promise in Scripture that meets our current need, we should pray that promise back to God, knowing it will accomplish all He set it out to do.
Here is an even better promise to celebrate today – verse 12 of the same chapter:
You will indeed go out with joy and be peacefully guided; the mountains and the hills will break into singing before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
Go out into the world with joy today, and creation will rejoice with you!
Have a blessed day!