Knowing the Bible is one thing, but praying through it is another. Tom Yeakley of the Navigators joins Susie Larson to unpack how to pray over God’s promises. Tom’s book is Praying over God's Promises: The Lost Art of Taking Him at His Word.
“One of the beautiful purposes of God is [to be] anchors for our soul. [When it’s] midnight, in a coal mine, with a new moon, it’s the Scriptures we go to. The promising God stands behind His promises; He doesn’t change, He will deliver on His promises.”
Susie and Tom walk through several truths.
• The Christian life begins by applying personal faith to the promises of God.
• God intends us to keep leaning on His Word for the rest of our life here on earth.
• There are two categories we see in Scripture – general promises and personal promises.
What are some of the promises we see in Scripture?
“And my God will supply all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
“And remember that I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:10
“I will strengthen you and uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
Tom says we can learn to apply the promises of God to our own life.
“It’s not the size of our faith that matters but the object of our faith.”
Tom points to the prosperity gospel to see how God’s promises are often abused.
“We lose confidence in prayer and God’s ability to do what He’s promised because of a misapplication of God’s promises. God will not be mocked, He will not be made to do through our hoops… I’ve been in this life 64 loops around the sun and it’s a life full of pain. Having said all that, God does give us promises that can give us a testimony about His goodness and they are glimpses of what is waiting for us on the other side of that doorway. I look forward to walking by sight one day, but on this side I’m looking for God to be God, to demonstrate His power in my life in order for Him to be glorified.”
Theme Song: No One Like Our God by Matt Redman