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Scripture on Promises

Promises

Psalms 65:1-13

God’s Abundant Favor to Earth and Man.
For the choir director. A Psalm of David. A Song.

1There will be silence before You, and praise in Zion, O God,
         And to You the vow will be performed.

2O You who hear prayer,
         To You all men come.

3Iniquities prevail against me;
         As for our transgressions, You forgive them.

4How blessed is the one whom You choose and bring near to You
         To dwell in Your courts.
         We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house,
         Your holy temple.

5By awesome deeds You answer us in righteousness, O God of our
salvation, You who are the trust of all the ends of the earth
and of the farthest sea;

6Who establishes the mountains by His strength,
         Being girded with might;

7Who stills the roaring of the seas,
         The roaring of their waves,
         And the tumult of the peoples.

8They who dwell in the ends of the earth stand in awe of Your signs;
         You make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy.

9You visit the earth and cause it to overflow;
         You greatly enrich it;
         The stream of God is full of water;
         You prepare their grain, for thus You prepare the earth.

10You water its furrows abundantly,
         You settle its ridges,
         You soften it with showers,
         You bless its growth.

11You have crowned the year with Your bounty,
         And Your paths drip with fatness.

12The pastures of the wilderness drip,
         And the hills gird themselves with rejoicing.

13The meadows are clothed with flocks
         And the valleys are covered with grain;
         They shout for joy, yes, they sing.


1 Chronicles 16:11

Ministering Before the Ark

1They brought the ark of God and set it inside the tent that
David had pitched for it, and they presented burnt offerings
and fellowship offerings before God. 2After David had finished
sacrificing the burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, he
blessed the people in the name of the Lord. 3Then he gave a
loaf of bread, a cake of dates and a cake of raisins to each
Israelite man and woman.

4He appointed some of the Levites to minister before the
ark of the Lord, to extol,a thank, and praise the Lord,
the God of Israel: 5Asaph was the chief, and next to him
in rank were Zechariah, then Jaaziel,b Shemiramoth, Jehiel,
Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-Edom and Jeiel. They were
to play the lyres and harps, Asaph was to sound the cymbals,
6and Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests were to blow the trumpets
regularly before the ark of the covenant of God.

7That day David first appointed Asaph and his associates to give
praise to the Lord in this manner:

8Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;

make known among the nations what he has done.

9Sing to him, sing praise to him;

tell of all his wonderful acts.

10Glory in his holy name;

let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

11Look to the Lord and his strength;

seek his face always.

12Remember the wonders he has done,

his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,

13you his servants, the descendants of Israel,

his chosen ones, the children of Jacob.

14He is the Lord our God;

his judgments are in all the earth.

15He remembersc his covenant forever,

the promise he made, for a thousand generations,

16the covenant he made with Abraham,

the oath he swore to Isaac.

17He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree,

to Israel as an everlasting covenant:

18“To you I will give the land of Canaan

as the portion you will inherit.”

Matthew 7:7-23

Prayer and the Golden Rule
      7“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find;
knock, and it will be opened to you. 8“For everyone who asks receives,
and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
9“Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf,
will give him a stone? 10“Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give
him a snake, will he? 11“If you then, being evil, know how to give
good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is
in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!

      12“In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want
them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

The Narrow and Wide Gates

      13“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the
way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter
through it. 14“For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads
to life, and there are few who find it.

A Tree and Its Fruit

      15“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing,
but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16“You will know them by their fruits.
Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?
17“So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.
18“A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good
fruit. 19“Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown
into the fire. 20“So then, you will know them by their fruits.

      21“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom
of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.
22“Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your
name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’
23“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME,
YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’

Matthew 26:41

41“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is
willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Luke 18: 1-8

Parables on Prayer
      1Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they
ought to pray and not to lose heart, 2saying, “In a certain city there was
a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man. 3“There was a widow
in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me legal protection
from my opponent.’ 4“For a while he was unwilling; but afterward he said to
himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor respect man, 5yet because this
widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection, otherwise by continually
coming she will wear me out.’” 6And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous
judge said; 7now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to
Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? 8“I tell you that He
will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes,
will He find faith on the earth?”

Psalms 62:7-8

7On God my salvation and my glory rest;
         The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.
8Trust in Him at all times, O people;
         Pour out your heart before Him;
         God is a refuge for us.

Romans 8:24-39

24For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen
is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees?
25But if we hope for what we do not see,
with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.

Our Victory in Christ

      26In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness;
for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit
Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words;
27and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the
Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according
to the will of God.

      28And we know that God causes all things to work together
for good to those who love God, to those who are called according
to His purpose. 29For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined
to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be
the firstborn among many brethren; 30and these whom He predestined,
He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and
these whom He justified, He also glorified.

      31What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us,
who is against us? 32He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered
Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all
things? 33Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one
who justifies; 34who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who
died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God,
who also intercedes for us. 35Who will separate us from the love of
Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or
nakedness, or peril, or sword?

36Just as it is written,
         “FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY LONG;
         WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED.”

37But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who
loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels,
nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,
39nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to
separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


John 16:16-24

Jesus’ Death and Resurrection Foretold

      16“A little while, and you will no longer see Me; and again a little
while, and you will see Me.” 17Some of His disciples then said to one another,
“What is this thing He is telling us, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me;
and again a little while, and you will see Me’; and, ‘because I go to the Father’?”
18So they were saying, “What is this that He says, ‘A little while’? We do not know
what He is talking about.” 19Jesus knew that they wished to question Him, and
He said to them, “Are you deliberating together about this, that I said,
‘A little while, and you will not see Me, and again a little while, and you will
see Me’? 20“Truly, truly, I say to you, that you will weep and lament, but the
world will rejoice; you will grieve, but your grief will be turned into joy.
21“Whenever a woman is in labor she has pain, because her hour has come; but
when she gives birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish because
of the joy that a child has been born into the world. 22“Therefore you too have
grief now; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one
will take your joy away from you.

Prayer Promises

      23“In that day you will not question Me about anything. Truly, truly,
I say to you, if you ask the Father for anything in My name, He will give
it to you. 24“Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you
will receive, so that your joy may be made full.


Romans 12:9-21

    9Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.
10Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another
in honor; 11not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;
12rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, 13contributing
to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.

      14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15Rejoice with those
who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16Be of the same mind toward one another;
do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own
estimation. 17Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the
sight of all men. 18If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.
19Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is
written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord. 20“BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY,
FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING
COALS ON HIS HEAD.” 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.


Psalms 116:1-19

Thanksgiving for Deliverance from Death.

1I love the LORD, because He hears
         My voice and my supplications.

2Because He has inclined His ear to me,
         Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live.

3The cords of death encompassed me
         And the terrors of Sheol came upon me;
         I found distress and sorrow.

4Then I called upon the name of the LORD:
         “O LORD, I beseech You, save my life!”

5Gracious is the LORD, and righteous;
         Yes, our God is compassionate.

6The LORD preserves the simple;
         I was brought low, and He saved me.

7Return to your rest, O my soul,
         For the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.

8For You have rescued my soul from death,
         My eyes from tears,
         My feet from stumbling.

9I shall walk before the LORD
         In the land of the living.

10I believed when I said,
         “I am greatly afflicted.”

11I said in my alarm,
         “All men are liars.”

12What shall I render to the LORD
         For all His benefits toward me?

13I shall lift up the cup of salvation
         And call upon the name of the LORD.

14I shall pay my vows to the LORD,
         Oh may it be in the presence of all His people.

15Precious in the sight of the LORD
         Is the death of His godly ones.

16O LORD, surely I am Your servant,
         I am Your servant, the son of Your handmaid,
         You have loosed my bonds.

17To You I shall offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving,
         And call upon the name of the LORD.

18I shall pay my vows to the LORD,
         Oh may it be in the presence of all His people,

19In the courts of the LORD’S house,
         In the midst of you, O Jerusalem.
         Praise the LORD!


1 Timothy 2:1-2

A Call to Prayer

      1First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers,
petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, 2for
kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil
and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 3This is good and
acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4who desires all men to
be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5For there is
one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
6who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper
time. 7For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling
the truth, I am not lying) as a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

      8Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands,
without wrath and dissension.