No matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. 2 Corinthians 1:20 NIV®
God’s promises to us are yes in Jesus, yes because of what our Savior has done. In Christ, God forgives. In Christ, God is with us forever. In Christ, every challenge we face becomes a blessing. In Christ, all our needs are fully met. In Christ, all the many promises God has made are fulfilled.
That’s one reason we pray “in Jesus’ name.” The formula isn’t some magical incantation. Instead, it reminds us that in and of ourselves, we have no claim on God or his blessings. As sinners, forgiven in our Savior, we come to God, asking him to fulfill his promises because of what Jesus has done for us.
Enfolded in Christ’s love for us, we can say a glad “Amen” to every one of God’s promises. Most importantly, we can say “Amen” to that specific promise we need to claim right now. The Hebrew word amen means, “Yes, so be it” or “Yes, it shall be so.”
This word, placed at the end of our prayers, expresses trust that our promise-making God will do what he has said. And then, as Scripture points out, God is glorified.
Prayer: My Father, when you gave Jesus into death for me, you demonstrated your intention to fulfill all the promises you have made. Still, trust often comes hard . . .
This devotion has been adapted from one that appeared in CTA’s devotion book for women, God’s Promises to a Woman’s Heart. This title is no longer in print, but we have several similar devotion books available for both men and women. Check them out!
Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com