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Prayers & Declarations for Increasing in Hope

Prayers & Declarations for Increasing in Hope

Declarations for Hope

  • When doubts fill my mind, God’s comfort gives me renewed hope and cheer. (Ps. 94:19)
  • Like Abraham, I will keep hoping, even when there seems to be no reason to hope. (Rom. 4:18)
  • I am fully convinced that what God has promised, He is able to perform. (Rom. 4:21)
  • As Jesus shapes and grows my character, I will becoming increasingly hopeful. And hope does NOT disappoint. (Rom. 5:4)
  • God is flooding me with light so that I can understand the confident hope He has given me. (Eph 1:18)
  • I will hold fast to my confessions of hope, because he who promised is faithful. (Heb. 10:23)
  • People will regularly ask about the hope that is within me. (1 Peter 3:15)
  • God is my source of hope and by the power of the Holy Spirit, I am overflowing with confident hope! (Rom. 15:13)

Increase of Hope, part 2

Increase of Hope, part 2

Paul had a lot to say about hope in his letter to the Romans. Following his commentary on the life of Abraham in chapter 4, he continues on the topic of hope in chapter 5, saying:

We have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Rom. 5:2-5)

Increase of Hope, part 1

Increase of Hope, part 1

Second on Paul’s list of timeless and enduring spiritual traits is hope. “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three,” Paul told the Corinthians (1 Cor. 13:13). Love gets a lot of air time, and for good reason: it’s the greatest. And faith certainly gets taught a lot since it’s one of scripture’s core themes. But hope sometimes feels like an overlooked middle child.

Sure, hope gets mentioned from time to time as something we shouldn’t lose. And we know in a generic, possibly obligatory sense, that God’s people ought to be hopeful. But on the whole, I wouldn’t say that Christians have become known for their hope. Sadly, quite the opposite could be said: we’ve become known for cynicism, fear and foreboding.

Peter challenged his readers to “always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Pet. 3:15). The implication is that our hopefulness ought to be so evident that it regularly elicits questions.

Increase of Joy, part 2

Increase of Joy, part 2

Jesus starts His most famous teaching with what have become known as the Beatitudes. Nearly every translation starts them out with “Blessed are the…” or “Blessed are those…” statements. While there’s clearly consensus that these are accurate translations, the problem is that words like “blessed” can become cliché and rather vanilla in our Christianese.

What if I were to tell you that the same root word (makarios) is sometimes translated as “happy” or “joyful”? Would that put a different spin on the verses?

Prayers & Declarations for the Increase of the Kingdom

Prayers & Declarations for the Increase of the Kingdom

Declarations have become a huge part of my faith the last few years. There is something rich, powerful and transformative about speaking aloud Kingdom truth regarding situations we’re presently facing and futures we’re pursuing. God himself set the precedent for the power of spoken words when He declared creation into existence. And words have been shaping reality ever since.

Increase of the Kingdom, part 3

Increase of the Kingdom, part 3

Embracing the distinct Kingdom trademark of perpetual increase empowers us to be “more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37) and overcome any trial we face. We’re on the winning team and there is nothing that will ever change that. The leaven of the Kingdom is going to continue expanding until it leavens the whole batch. Agreeing with this truth cultivates a victorious mindset.

Increase of the Kingdom, part 2

Increase of the Kingdom, part 2

Isaiah’s prophecy about the Messiah helps us trace the Kingdom’s roots. And its roots are important to understanding and embracing the Kingdom of God’s increasing, victorious nature. Isaiah wrote:

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. (Isaiah 9:6-7)

The Kingdom Jesus established in His coming and eventual return to heaven was the fulfillment of a prophecy dating back to the time of David.

Increase of the Kingdom, part 1

Increase of the Kingdom, part 1

There are a number of topics this study could have begun with, but the increase of the Kingdom is the one upon which all others hinge. The Good News Jesus came preaching was that the Kingdom of God (or Heaven) was at hand. We’re in the Kingdom era now and it’s governed by different dynamics than former eras. Understanding this is a key to excelling in all the other aspects we’ll be looking at.