When we journal God’s PROMISES, we truly claim them for our own. This week we’ve been looking at journaling each part of our prayers. The first “P” of My TEA CUPP Prayers is for PROMISES. There is just something about putting pen to paper that makes His PROMISES ours. We say, “God, I’m making this promise I found in Your Word mine!” When we believe God’s PROMISES, we are like the Psalmist who said:
“Then they believed His PROMISES and sang His praise.” Psalm 106:12 (NIV)
I was looking through my past journals for an example and found this one for you… One day in summer, not too many years ago, at the church camp where we live, God gave me this PROMISE:
“…the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down…” Psalm 146:8 (NIV)
I jotted this PROMISE in My TEA CUPP journal, and then I wrote down all my burdens…
–250 kids campers all week
–200 adult campers on the weekend
–I’m helping in the kitchen because we’re short-handed and low on budget
–the computer crashed
–there’s a board meeting
—my back hurts
–the guests are complaining about prices…
And Jesus says, “The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down.”
And He sent us…
–grace for each moment,
–strength to endure.
Now we have another problem, not enough campers and the budget is even lower and tighter. Lord, lift us up again!
Already my burden is lighter, just claiming God’s promises.
Here’s a promise you’ll want right before you go into our last part of prayer – PETITIONS:
“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 (NIV)