Almost every email I get from readers asks the same question: How do you make it through hard times? Is it possible to find joy in this hard trial?
I have learned that the key to finding joy and keeping it is by standing on the word of God. Scripture is full of God’s promises to us and they apply to every area of our lives, especially the hard times. When God makes a promise you can be sure that He will keep it. And it is this fact that we can hold onto during those hard seasons. This is how we can find joy no matter what we are going through.
4 Things that Happen When You Pray God’s Promises
When you pray the promises of the Lord there are a few things that happen:
Acknowledgment of the Sovereignty of God
The first is that you are acknowledging the sovereignty of God. When you say Lord you have promised this and I believe it you are telling Him that you know who He is and that you believe He’s going to do what he says. Then you can step back, confident in knowing that God is in control.
Battling the Lies We Believe
Standing on God’s promises helps us fight the lies that our emotions and feelings try to tell us. I have learned over the years that when I’m going through something really hard, my emotions are not reliable. My emotions will tell me to be afraid or anxious. My feelings tell me to worry and that hope is lost. The Bible tells me that none of that is true. God promises that He is with us through all things, so we have nothing to fear and there is always hope.
Keeps Our Focus on the Cross
Praying the promises of God helps us take our focus off our circumstance and puts our focus where help truly comes from. When I am worried and afraid I start to pray the 23rd Psalm. Immediately I feel comfort because I stopped focusing on all of the bad things that are going on and I am reminded of the God I serve. He says that He is my shepherd and He will be with me always, even through the valley of the shadow of death.
Gives us Victory Over the Enemy
This is my favorite thing about praying the promises of God. When we stand on the promises that God gives us in the Bible we are letting Satan know that he is defeated. The devil cannot stand where there is truth. He cannot succeed when we are standing on the word of God. It’s how we fight back and put him in his place. It’s how we let him know that he can throw anything he wants at us but we will not faint!
Praying the promises of God is key when you are going through hard times. It is the way that you will be grounded in truth. It is the way that you will be able to stay joyful and hopeful even in your darkest moments.