You surely have promises that God made to you in His word or through prophecies (or visions that you received from Him) but that have not yet been fulfilled. I would like, in my exhortation today, to encourage you to persevere in prayer until these promises are fulfilled.
Many Christians believe that because the promise or prophecy comes from God, they don’t need to pray for its fulfillment. It is a mistake to think that way.
According to Hebrews 5:7, the Lord Jesus ” 7 who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, Let us examine this biblical truth together.
There are two ways to be answered when one prays to be saved from death: either one does not die or one dies and rises from the dead. Since Jesus did indeed die on the cross, we understand, through this passage from Hebrews 5:7, that the Master prayed for His resurrection! Yet, many prophecies written in the Word of God have announced that He will rise from the dead. “8 I have set the LORD always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. 9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope. 10 For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. 11 You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (…),” said David, for example, in Psalms 16:8-11. “It is the resurrection of Christ that he foretold and announced, saying that he would not be abandoned in Sheol and that his flesh would not see corruption,” confirms Acts 2:29-31.
If these revelations were not fulfilled, the whole essence of Christian life would have been questionned. But the Lord Jesus did not choose to stand-by idly and not pray for His resurrection. He did so by offering up to God supplications with vehement cries and tears and was heard. If Christ had not prayed, He would have not come back to life after His death on the cross. If He did so, how much more shall we (you and me) pray!!!!
When the Master promised to grant the Holy Spirit to the disciples (Acts 1:8), they continued steadfastly in prayer (Acts 1:14) until the promise was fulfilled (Acts 2:1-4).
Beloved, what promise have you received from the Lord? Did He promise to save your family members? To heal a loved one who is sick? Did He promise to give you the wedding? Children? A new job? A house? Did he promise to make your ministry or your church prosper…? You must pray for the fulfillment of all these promises, pray steadfastly! «Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving,” says the Bible in Colossians 4:2. Do you want to see your promises and prophecies fulfilled? Do not remain spiritually idle but pray! Address all kinds of prayers and supplications to the Father. Take personal fasting times, meditate on the Word of God, fight the good fight of faith to remove all the hindrances that stand before you on spiritual side. Establish prayer habits as I told you last week. Read again and constantly your promises and put God in remembrance through prayer (Isaiah 43:26). “For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise,” say the Holy Scriptures in Hebrews 10:36. Imitate Christ and your promises will be yes and amen!
May God bless you Beloved
“...who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear.”
”But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”(…) These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers”.
”When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance”.
”Put Me in remembrance; Let us contend together; State your case, that you may be acquitted”.
”Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.”
”But take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is”.
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