“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord: he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” James 1:5-8
“And now, O Lord God, confirm forever the word that you have spoken concerning your servant and concerning his house, and do as you have spoken.” 2 Samuel 7:25
This morning I was reading a devotional by Charles Spurgeon that focused on grasping the promises of God and taking them before His throne. Closing out his thoughts, Spurgeon writes, “He loves to hear the loud outcries of needy souls. It is his delight to bestow favours. He is more ready to hear than you are to ask. The sun is not weary of shining, nor the fountain of flowing. It is God’s nature to keep his promises; therefore go at once to the throne with ‘Do as thou hast said.’”
Dwelling on this, I began thinking of the promises of God found throughout Scripture and how these are incorporated into my prayers. Particularly the tone with which they are stated. I think sometimes we will see a promise in Scripture and our response is based on what we have seen thus far. If we haven’t seen the fulfillment of it, the reaction is more to bring it to God and ask, “Why haven’t you done this for me? Will I ever see it?”…which sounds more like an accusation. How much better and more honoring to our Lord to look at His promises with hope, bring them to His throne of grace, and confidently lay each before Him with the belief that He will be faithful to keep them all.
There is a stark contrast between the two responses. One is a prayer of faith; the other a prayer marked by unbelief. “And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you” (Psalm 9:10). Do we really trust in our Lord? If we know His glorious name, if we know His character, if we believe that His love is steadfast and His faithfulness everlasting, there should be no hint of doubt or question when we come across His promises. He is our “Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change” (James 1:17). He never changes. So when He makes a promise, He will not go back on His word.
Let us take hold of His promises with hope and joyful expectation that we will see His goodness and faithfulness in our lives. His every promise will be fulfilled perfectly. When we come before Him, drawing near in prayer, may each word be marked with humility and faith before this infinite, holy, unchanging God who has chosen to set His heart in love on us and show us the lavish riches of His grace in kindness toward us in all the coming ages.
“Lord, I have nothing to recommend me but this, Thou hast said it.” Father, may this cry resound in our heart as we take hold of Your promises, reflecting our belief that You will be faithful. In the moments when our faith wavers, strengthen us to know the constancy of Your love and the greatness of Your power as You work in us.