Praying God's Word. "His divine power HAS GIVEN to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust." 2 Peter 1:3,4. Sometimes we are like children with a check for a million dollars who haven't yet learned how to go to the bank and cash it. Ignorance of God's promises, and ignorance concerning the principles of faith which must be applied to receive them, have cost us dearly. This ignorance exists because of a deficient personal knowledge of Jesus Christ in our lives. If we drew near to Him and sought to please Him through a life of active faith, the results would be amazing. It would change the way we talk, the way we think, the way we act, and the way God would move in and through our lives. God wants us to talk, think and act like He means what He says! Too many Christians struggle along, desperately begging God for things He has already promised, or already declared that He has given to us. Emotionally tormenting oneself does not impress God or move Him to respond. God responds to faith. Without faith it is impossible to please Him Hebrews 11:6. Verbal thanksgiving is a major key to releasing faith. We thank God for his promises, we praise God for His promises and His declarations to us, before we see the manifestation of the answer we need. We talk as if it is already done. This pleases God, who wants us to "walk by faith, not by sight" 2 Corinthians 5:7. This principle was really brought home to me, when my dear wife was diagnosed with the last stage of 'breast' cancer! We had 'trusted' and prayed God's Word before, but this truly 'was' a life and death situation staring my wife, son and myself right in our faces!! We prayed God's promises and He answered in our spirits 'after' they told us she might not 'make' it! God told us 'She shall live and 'not' die'! Glory to God!!!! The Promises are For Us Beloved, His dear children! "For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us." 2 Corinthians 1:20 "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ". Ephesians 1:3 By thanking God for making them a reality in our lives, we please God who told us "in everything give thanks" 1 Thessalonians 5:18, and to offer thanks when we pray Philippians 4:6,7. We are trusting God for the power to walk in obedience to what He told us to do. It is important to confess like this because our verbal commitments steer the direction of our life. It is also important because many of God's promises to us are conditional upon the kind of faith which leads to obedience. Brethren, really get a hold of what I'm trying to say in the next sentences, if you get anything from this post!! By confessing a promise in the first person we are boldly stating that we are the ones that it applies to. We definitely express faith that we are the ones who are going to receive the blessing. Praying the Word for the church is one way of expressing the kind of faith which pleases God. We can be sure we are praying God's will when we pray His word, and we have confidence that He does what we ask. 1 John 5:14,15. Psalms 119:49: Remember the word unto thy servant, upon whichthou hast caused me to hope. God Bless, Set Free!