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The Promises

Man’s frailty as a human being makes him prone to break his promises unintentionally. One of the most painful experiences is to be in a relationship with someone you trust wholeheartedly who breaks his/her promise to you. Often times, the effects of broken relationships caused by lies and unfaithfulness result in bitterness and unforgiveness, which strains our relationship with people and disconnects us from God.

Perhaps, the psalmist understood it well when he wrote, “It is better to trust in LORD than put confidence in man” (Psalm 118:8). And he didn’t stop there, he continued by saying, “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes” (Psalm 118:9). “Princes” speaks of one in higher rank, noble.

The good news is this: God is not a man who would lie (Numbers 23:19). Whatever promises He made cannot be broken. How can I make such a bold declaration? Consider the rainbow.  God made this promise to Noah after the great flood, in which destroyed all living things upon the face of the earth. He spared Noah and his family because Noah believed Him and built the ark, entered it with his family and followed God’s instructions.  After forty days, God made a covenant (an unconditional promise) that He would never destroy every living creature upon the earth. And today, we have a sign that reminds us of God’s promise—the beautiful rainbow.

Throughout the Bible, we find where God kept His promise to man, and the promise is still in effect, even to the birth, death, burial and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ.  So it is with prayer!  He promises to answer us when we pray…cry out…call unto Him. Below are just a few promises God made about prayer; there are many more.

Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them (Mark 11:24).

And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him (1 John 5:15).

It shall come to pass That before they call, I will answer; And while they are still speaking, I will hear (Isaiah 65:24).

Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know (Jeremiah 33:3)

So I say to you: 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; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened (Luke 11:9-10).

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