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Claiming God’s Promises

“He has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” – 2 Peter 1:4

Today’s passage contains a promise: “Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken” (Isaiah 40:4-5).

For several years I have claimed that promise for Harvard University and Camp Pendleton, the U.S. Marine base on the West Coast. Why those two places? I know men in both places who are sharing the gospel and working to produce disciples of Jesus Christ. A second reason is that these two places are almost exact opposites, but they’re both part of the harvest field in which Christ has called us to labor.

Here’s how I claim this promise in prayer: In the margin of my Bible next to Isaiah 40:4, I’ve written the names of several spiritual mountains that keep people from turning to God–conceit, pride, prejudice against the Bible, stubbornness, rebellion, indifference, apathy, ignorance of the true nature of the gospel, love of sin, and fear of commitment–and I pray that these “mountains” will be made low. I ask the Lord to overcome these obstacles in the hearts of the people who are hearing the gospel. Then I take the monthly prayer letters I receive from my friends and pray for people by name.

Have you ever prayed in this way for your own city, neighborhood, relatives, friends, and coworkers? I challenge you to start today. The Lord calls us to cooperate with Him through our personal witness and prayer.


Lord, I want to help someone find the way into Your kingdom. Would You please bring down the spiritual mountain that prevents him from seeing my love and concern for him? Amen.

To Ponder

God delights in blessing our prayers in a mighty way.

(The Navigators)