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Promise-claiming is a method of prayer that every Christian needs to emulate. It entails reminding God of the promises He made to His people in the Bible. 

We often want to know whether what we are getting into will work or not! Other times we wonder if promise-claiming is correct or incorrect.

We are going to get the facts from the Bible. Let us keep our guard up as we go into the depths of promise-claiming. 

There are numerous promises in the Bible. People who have taken their time to study the Bible have often approximated the promises in the Bible to the tune of thousands.

When we hear people mentioning Bible verses in prayer, we admire them. Often, we wish we could also master the Bible verses and pray like them.  

Today we are going to realize that promise-claiming is not difficult. As we patiently wait for God to gift us with Bible verse proficiency, we can start small. 

Promise claiming during prayer as explained in scripture

 

God always keeps to His promises

Even without knowing the exact verse, somehow, every Christian no matter the age knows something in the Bible.  

We are likely to wonder if promise-claiming is necessary, especially if we have never done it before. We are going to look at scripture that makes us realize the power of promise-claiming in prayer.

The Origin of Promise-Claiming 

Promise-claiming is a prayer method that touches God to unimaginable depths.  

Let me begin by asking a question: 

If we existed during the time of Moses, would we want to be Moses or would we rather be the Israelites?  

We are all likely to prefer to wear the ‘Moses’ hat! Everyone loves to be associated with success. Moses was a successful servant of God.  

Imagine how the Israelites were complaining to Moses all through the journey.  

What would we make of their behavior? 

The Israelites depended entirely on Moses!  

Moses was so confident that he managed to change God’s mind. Despite God’s fury due to the Israelites’ misbehavior, Moses faced God and reminded Him of His promise.

We derive our strength and confidence to claim scripture from Moses’ conversation with God.  

Let us internalize the conversation between Moses and God to clearly evaluate the power of promise-claiming.

Moses Confidently Reminds God of His Promise 

Exodus 32: 9-14: 

“I know how stubborn these people are. Now, do not try to stop me. I am angry with them, and I am going to destroy them. Then I will make you and your descendants into a great nation.”  

But Moses pleaded with the LORD his God and said, “LORD, why should you be so angry with your people, whom you rescued from Egypt with great might and power? Why should the Egyptians be able to say that you led your people out of Egypt, planning to kill them in the mountains and destroy them completely? Stop being angry; change your mind and do not bring this disaster on your people. Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Remember the solemn promise you made to them to give them as many descendants as there are stars in the sky and to give their descendants all that land you promised would be their possession forever.” 

So, the LORD changed his mind and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened.  

What do We Stand to Gain When We Claim the Lord’s Promises?

Apart from the example of Moses using God’s promise to convince Him, there are several other promises in the Bible. In case we would like to get a quick run-through of the Bible’s Promises without having to search endlessly in the Bible, we can use this book – All The Promises of the Bible. It is indeed an eye-opener.

We are going to look at promise-claiming based on the scripture we have just mentioned. There are four key points we need to consider.

 

    • The confidence of Moses. 

    • Moses challenges God. 

    • God waivers His wrath upon the Israelites.

    • Moses’ concern for the people.  

So, how did Moses convince God otherwise?

The Confidence of Moses 

Moses understood the Word of God like the back of his hand. We are not trying to insinuate that without a proper understanding of the Word, we cannot claim promises!  

No! 

Remember I said earlier that every Christian knows something in the Bible without necessarily knowing where it is exactly! 

Moses was so courageous. His courage prompted God to listen to him.  

So, when we are conversing with God in prayer, we need to face Him with confidence.  

Moses Challenges God 

This reminds me of how we sometimes argue among ourselves. We tend to insist ‘you said it’ when issues come up.  

Well, this is what Moses politely did. He reminded God of the promises He made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob!  

Moses went ahead to tell God that punishing the Israelites would make the Egyptians convert them to a laughingstock! 

He convinced God beyond a reasonable doubt. God weighed the options. He realized that Moses was making sense.

What does this show us? 

We can tell God anything if it is true. Fear stops us from getting what we want. Imagine if Moses did not remind God of His promise. God would have gone ahead and punished the Israelites! 

God Waivers His Wrath upon the Israelites 

Sin is never an impediment to reaching God unless we allow it to be. God forgot about the people’s sins the moment Moses persuaded Him.

God immediately changed His mind.  

That is how powerful promise-claiming is.  

No matter the magnitude of our sins, we need to pray with confidence that God can change His mind not to punish us.  

Most of the time, we find ourselves dealing with people and situations we do not understand. Sometimes, we associate them with enmity. We produced a prayer against enemies that has promise-claiming tips in PDF. It is a good guide for first-timers in promise-claiming prayers.

Moses’ Concern for the People 

If we go back a bit, we will realize God wanted to bless Moses as He destroyed the people.  

Moses in his mercy did not focus on himself while pleading with God. He was concerned about the people.  

God gave Moses a job to lead the people. He led them like a father.  

In normal circumstances, we would quickly let God punish the people in anticipation of His blessings.  

But is that right?  

This reminds me of how God blessed Solomon because he was concerned for the people.  

What if God was testing Moses?  

When praying, we need to be considerate of others. Praying for others has always proved to be a blessing.

Does Promise-Claiming Work for Everyone? 

“It worked for Moses because of his relationship with God. Could that be how we look at it?

We need to deliberately choose to imitate Moses. We should not limit ourselves to lesser abilities.

Another powerful prayer model

 

Prayer gives way to everything else

We have the power to initiate breakthroughs. Our confidence makes God reward our effort.  

Look at how Zacchaeus firmly faced God and got what he wanted. Despite his sinful life, God recognized his desire to see Him. 

Promise-claiming is a game changer.  

What is your experience with claiming the Lord’s promises during prayer? We would appreciate it if you encouraged someone in the comments.

 

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