Claim God’s Promises

2 Corinthians 1:20 “Christ says “Yes” to all God’s promises. This is why we have Christ to say “Amen” for us to the glory of God. ” (CEV)

As children of God, why do we continue to ask Him to do things for us rather than thank Him for doing what He has already promised? We should “thank you” more than we say “give me.” Everything He has promised will happen.

It seems there are three reasons:

EITHER

We are unaware of what God has promised. We don’t know exactly what He has said.

OR

We don’t think God can do what He has promised. We feel our problems are too big and complicated for God to fix.

OR

We don’t think God wants to do what He has promised. After all, as creator of the universe and holy beyond our comprehension why should He bother with puny, sinful folks like us?

This situation is evident in the childhood prayer we learned years ago. (And we still frequently repeat it in more fanciful, complicated language.)

“Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep.”

He has already promised to keep my soul (John 10:28). It would be more appropriate to pray “I know you are going to protect my soul and I thank you for that.”

“If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.”

He has promised to welcome my soul into His presence after my death (John 14:3). More appropriate would be “Thank you that I have an eternal home in heaven with you.”

Should we request God’s protection when we are awake? Or do we perhaps we feel we can take care of ourselves then?

Maybe the sixteen hours of wakefulness each day should be an item of prayer similar to

Night time is over. I’m awake. May I live today only for your sake. If this should be my final day, I dedicate it all to The Way.

John 14:6