A God We Can Trust
Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in Heaven. Matthew 18:19
Can God really mean something like this? The only way we can grasp the meaning of a promise like this or any other is if we have real wisdom. For this, we are given another promise in Scripture:
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5
We need Gods wisdom. We need to know what he wants of us personally. We need to grasp the meaning of His promises. So, ask Him just now:
Dear God, You say in James 1:5 that if a person lacks wisdom and asks You for it, Youll give it. We need wisdom now to study Your promises. We thank You for promising it to anyone, including us. Amen.
Abraham Believed God Had Power
Abraham was promised that he would have many descendants. The promise came at a time when he and his wife were "too old;" she was past the child-bearing years. But Abraham chose to believe, because God had promised. God knew Abraham would believe Him. Abraham didnt know how, but he believed God would keep that promise. His descendants numbered in the millions! What happened was recorded centuries later in Scripture:
Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, "So shall your offspring be." Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as deadsince he was about a hundred years oldand that Sarahs womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. Romans 4:18-21
Moses Believed God Doesnt Lie
Moses the man God chose to record the early history of the world in Scripture, was a man who believed what God said and what He promised. God gave Moses a tremendous experience in leadership. Moses believed Gods promises. In one of the inspired volumes he wrote, Moses recorded Golds message given through Balaam to a heathen prince:
God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? Numbers 23:19
What God Said About Himself
The very last book in the Old Testament of the Bible describes God with His own words:
"I the Lord do not change." Malachi 3:6
Powerful Promises For Today
God is dependable. He has power to keep His promises. He doesnt lie. He doesnt change. People chosen by God who accomplished something for Him chose to believe His promises!
But what does this have to do with me? Can powerful promises God made thousands of years ago to someone else really apply to me?
Again in Scripture, as we accept the powerful promise for wisdom, we find that God, through Christ, united us all in one family. God tells us that as He chose Abraham, so He has chosen every human being to be one with Him in receiving His promises.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abrahams seed, and heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3:28,29
We Are All Part Of One Family
Because of Christ, we are all part of Gods chosen family if we choose to accept Him. As a bonus, we receive His powerful promises. A loving earthly father treats all his children impartially. The same principles used to deal with older children in a family are used with the youngereven when circumstances change. When the father is a loving person, he will deal fairly with his children. How much more with our loving changeless God, Whom we can call "our Father." We can expect Him to act on the principles behind His promises to us because we are all part of His family united by Christ.
You did not choose me, but I chose you to go and bear fruitfruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.
We know we can ask an honest earthly father for anything he has promised us. In this verse, Christ said we could speak to our heavenly Father in the same way, because of Him. But was Christ really talking about you and me today?
Does It Mean Me?
Here is what Christ said in prayer to His Father, God, just after He had been praying for His followers who were with Him at the time.
My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. John 17:20,21
He was talking about us when He said, "those who believe in me though their message." We can learn to believe in Christ through the message written by His followers and recorded in Scripture. God was a Father to them, just as He will be to us. Whatever we ask the Father in Jesus name He will do, if He has promised it.
What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but game him up for us allhow will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Romans 8:31,32
Why Did He Do It?
If He would give us His Son, He would probably give us anything. But why did He give us His Son?
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
That kind of God, with that kind of love, sounds like a God we can trust.
Ask Him / Thank Him
Look again at that powerful promise of Matthew 18:19, recorded at the beginning of this study. Then, if we agree together to ask God for something He has promised, we can know we are receiving an answer because:
Therefore, we can thank Him right now in Jesus name. He will answer, not because we feel something, but because He promised.
Together we can ask Him to keep any promise He has made. For example:
Since it is a "together" promise, find someone to share the promise of Mattew 18:19 with you. Then, together, you could say to God:
Dear God, Jesus words in Matthew 18:19 tell us that if two of us would agree on a request for something You have promised, it will be done. We are asking You to keep the special promise You made, found in (mention text of any promise youre claining for a particular need). We believe You are doing this, and we thank you. We need to know more about You, Father and more about Your Son, Jesus. Help us. Thank You, again. Amen.
If you dont have anyone to share this promise with, ask God to send someone to you. Pray with them for their specific need. Theyll pray for yours. You may count us your prayer partners, too, if you wish. His promises are powerful, because of His love.
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