If hope is the precursor to faith (click here to read the first post in this series), then without hope we do not act in faith. And many times we undermine our own faith with our unfulfilled worldly desires (click here to read the last post).
Hope and faith go hand in hand. When we look forward to something with reasonable expectation, we are more likely to move forward and act accordingly. The faith filled life is what we are called to, and that starts with being full of hope.
So, if hope bucket is on the empty side, just how do we fill it up?
Pray God’s Promises
We know God keeps His promises: God is not a man that He should lie, nor a son of man that He should change His mind (Num 23:19).
So, it is a guarantee that if I pray for something that God has promised, I should expect it to be. Hence the AMEN or “let it be”.
There is no doubt that my time spent claiming God’s promises in prayer directly affects my level of hope and my ability to move in faith.
Two of my favorite promises for 2014 were:
1. The Lord will guide us: Whether you turn to the right or to the left your ears will hear a Voice behind you saying, “This is the way; walk in it” (Isa. 30:21). I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you (Psalm 32:8).
This year, God was asking me to follow Him into the unknown. At times, I wasn’t sure if I was headed in the right direction and the frustration of feeling “blind” really depleted me of hope and expectation that God was going to lead me where He wanted me. In those times, I claimed these verses in prayer and walked away empowered to keep going even if the “blindfold” was still over my eyes.
2. The Lord will give wisdom: If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. James l:5
This is one of my favorite promises. I don’t want a good life or even my best life now, I want to live wisely. My desire is not just knowledge but the submission of my will to the One who gives such wisdom. Wisdom is more than knowing, it’s also doing. So, my prayer is that God would not only fill me with wisdom, but the desire for His will above my own. (I pray this a lot as a strong-willed woman.)
The desire to use more scripture in my prayer life has not only built a solid foundation of hope, but it’s also helped me to get back in the habit of memorizing scripture.
And… there’s an app I use for that.
It’s called ScriptureTyper, and I’m giving it away to two readers. All you have to do is subscribe to ShellyTiffin.com. Click Here To Subscribe! Two winners will be chosen Jan 5 and announced via social media. They will be mailed either Itunes or Google play gift cards to cover the purchase.
(Disclaimer: I have not received any compensation for this endorsement, nor will I. I promote it as a personal choice because I use and enjoy it.)
As an educator, I appreciate that ScriptureTyper is designed to meet the needs of different types of learners. Are you a visual learner? Great, draw a picture. Are you an auditory learner? Awesome, record your own voice saying the verse and listen to it over and over.
Are you a kinesthetic learner? All the better, you can type the first letter of each word or type every letter of every word.
Are you like most of us who need a little encouragement to keep going? There are points, levels, and badges to earn.
And if you’re still not sold, here’s their video:
My oldest daughter and I use this app on a regular basis and love it. It’s pricey for an app but well worth it, that’s why I’m giving it away.
Let your 2015 be a year marked by hope. We are giving away a great way to get started! (Click to Tweet)
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