Praying God’s Promises for Provision
God’s Promises for Provision And How to Pray Them
It’s in times of uncertainty we engage in a battle between hope and fear. It also feels more difficult to have faith when things aren’t going well. It’s even harder when you don’t know how long the difficulty will last. In times like these we hang onto hope. It keeps us going and brings with it the possibility that things will change. But hope without a solid foundation is only wishful thinking. Without a firm foundation hope rests on the wish or the chance that things could change, but nothing more. Of course as believers in Christ, we place our hope in Him as the living Lord who rules over all. He’s the One who saves, delivers, and frees. He heals the sick and has conquered the power of sin, sickness, and death. He is worthy of our trust because His has proven Himself faithful to all He’s said. The Lord Jesus Christ then is the only solid and reliable anchor and foundation for having hope in this life and the next.
You Can Count on God’s Promises
In 2 Peter 1:4 the Bible says, “He’s given us His very great and precious promises” and it’s through these promises that we participate in the things that are part of God’s nature. His promises also enable us “to escape the world’s corruption that is caused by human desires.” The Scriptures themselves testify to the reliability of God’s promises. For example:
2 Corinthians 1:20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.
Hebrews 6:18a So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie.
Psalm 138:2 I bow before your holy Temple as I worship. I praise your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness; for your promises are backed by all the honor of your name.
Joshua 23:14 -You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed.
Promises to Pray, Declare, & Appropriate
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
You don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.”
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
Putting It All Together, Practically
As an example, you can personalize the following prayer outline:
Verbalize your specific need to God in audible prayer while declaring His promises.
“Lord I thank you for who you are as my Father, Lord, and Provider. You are faithful to who you are and to all you say. I gratefully acknowledge your faithful provision in my life. I remember how you’ve provided for me (us) in times past. (Verbalize your recollections of how God has provided for you in both the past and the present).
Now Lord, I ask you to meet my (our) need for _________ at this time. For you have said, (state or declare the promises in His Word or some of those written in this article)
With the authority Christ has given you, forbid any hindrance or barrier to your reception of His provision and the fulfillment of His promises.
“In Jesus’ name, I forbid any means that is seeking to or is hindering God’s promises and provision for my life at this time. I command that all spiritual influences of evil be bound and unable to interfere with what God has promised to provide for me. For Jesus said and it is written, ‘Satan has come only to kill, steal, and destroy.’ Therefore, I forbid you from doing so and now cancel any effects you’ve had to rob me of God’s provision in Jesus’ name. Lord Jesus, I put my trust in you and the promises you’ve made, for you are faithful to bring them about according to your Word.”
Also ask for the counsel of the Holy Spirit whom God promises in His Word would counsel you into all truth.
“I ask that you Holy Spirit would show me what you would have me do and what my part is in bringing about your provision at this time. I also ask that you would reveal any hindrances to your provision. And, in Jesus’ name, I command any hindrances to come into the light of Christ, without confusion, and be subject to the truth He wants to reveal to me.”
Take some time to listen to His counsel and wait upon the Lord as you continue to seek Him. I’ve found it much more beneficial to pray with one or more persons when seeking the Lord’s counsel and discernment in matters like these. He’s given us the Body of Christ to gather and to seek His counsel together where other’s gifts can be utilized. This of course can be done in your home or by phone or video chat as well.
Don’t forget to steward these things in prayer regularly. Record or journal them as a foundation for worship, remembrance, and to recall His faithfulness in the future. It will build your faith and increase your confidence in the Lord!
In the meantime, practice his promise given in Philippians 4:4-7:
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”