I have heard many people say we remind God of His promises and therefore He will fulfill or requests. Pray Scripture back to Him- like He forgot?

 

 

I wonder how many of us actually think we can, much less do, remind God of anything. He is God- His Word is for us to study and His promises are for us to be assured or reassured.

 

 

Would it not be more appropriately to say, pray Scripture back to God “reminding” us acknowledging we know and believe in His promises?

 

 

Reminds me of those that pick a verse out of the Bible, sometimes twisting it or not, and determining a fact from it. Some entire churches are based off of a particular verse or quote from the Bible.

 

 

Some time back we looked at- Does God change His mind. In a sense this is the same, like- well He may not do as He said but since He says- He can not lie, I’ll remind Him so He will have to do as He said- train of though!

 

 

I can’t pick and choose Scripture to suit my agenda like a catalogue but instead it’s His Holy Word to us so me can know His agenda, for us through Jesus.
 

If we approach prayer in this manner- because we have His promise He has to do what we ask and we are holding Him to it- we are NOT praying in His will, but as though we can “control” God, by bringing His attention to a particular verse!

 

Instead, as we turn our hearts and our minds toward Him, He then can reminds us of His promises to us. His promises are to inspire faith, dependence and confidence in us toward Him.

 

Yes there are some places in Scripture which if not interpreted correctly can sound like we are to remind God of His promises. Some examples are:

 

Psalm 119: 49-50, Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope. My comfort in my suffering is this: your promise preserves my life.

 

Was David afraid God had forgotten His promise? Of course NOT! Looking at the word “remember” used- it means to place a mark on it like we underline or highlight Scripture today. To emphasize it!

 

Another place we can look at is:

 

2 Chronicles 20: 5-10, Then Jehoshaphat stood up in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem at the temple of the Lord in the front of the new courtyard “Lord, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you. Our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend? They have lived in it and have built in it a sanctuary for your Name, saying, ‘If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.’

But now here are men of Ammon Moab and Mount Seir, whose territory you would not allow Israel to invade when they came from Egypt; so they turned away from them and did not destroy them. See how they are repaying us by coming to drive us out of the possession you gave us as an inheritance. Our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do but our eyes are on you.”

 

At first glance it would seem Jehoshaphat is reminding God- but when we look closer we find the opposite is true. It was God’s promisees and His past faithfulness to them that (as one said) filled Jesoshaphat’s mind and as we read on through the next few verses, the rest of those standing there.

As we read further we see where through God’s promises his as well those standing there with him, faith began to grow by being reminded of God’s past faithfulness.

Jeremiah 1:12,The Lord said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.”

Let us have “faith” God knows and He keeps His Word to us forever- study His Word (Bible) and allow Him to remind us. I am not saying we should not pray Scripture to Him- we should, however to do it from the right perspective!

Today is Thanksgiving- to us in the United States- that are followers of Jesus understand what that means. It a day to remember God’s blessings on us from the day we first came here to set up a place to worship the God of the Bible- freely!

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