“By faith even Sarah herself, when she was unable to have children, received power to conceive offspring, even though she was past the age, since she considered that the One who had promised was faithful.”
Reflect on God’s faithfulness
Sarah was credited with faith because she believed that God was faithful in fulfilling His promises. She reflected on God’s character and His faithfulness to her and her family up to that point and decided that He was worth being taken at His word. If God promises it, then He will bring it to pass. For Sarah, it meant experiencing a miracle - conceiving a child when she previously had never conceived and was even beyond the ability to naturally conceive a child!
Take a moment to reflect on God’s faithfulness: His pursuit of your heart; His eagerness to extend forgiveness of your rebellious heart; His provision for your existence; His comfort in times of sorrow; or perhaps you can think of even more specific instances of God’s faithful intervention throughout your life. Make a list of 10 ways God has proven Himself faithful and then thank Him for each of them.
Reflect on God’s promises
The Lord made a very specific promise to Abraham and Sarah: they would have a son in a year’s time and He would be called Isaac.
What are some of the specific promises that God has given to you personally? Take some time and ask God, “What are some of your promises for me? What promises have You spoken over my life?” Ask the Holy Spirit to speak and take some time to listen. By faith, write down what you think God might be revealing to you so you can keep it handy.
Sometimes it is not always clear to understand how God might fulfill His promises to you. In these moments, it is important to put your faith, hope and trust not in what you can see in front of you, but in the very trustworthiness of God’s character. As you spend timing praying for God to fulfill the promises that He has made to you, do so with a heart of faith knowing that God is the One who has promised and He is faithful!
The Lord also made some general promises to Abraham, his family, and to the rest of the His people throughout the ages. A quick search on the internet will reveal plenty of resources containing lists, from the Bible, of God’s promises to His children. Pray these promises out loud, thanking God for each of them. Make note of any that stand out to you. Keep it close during your times of prayer.
By faith, the heroes of old believed that God would fulfill His promise of blessing the entire world through the family of Abraham, even though they never saw it in their lifetime. By faith, we look back on the historical reality of Jesus’ death and resurrection, even though we were not there to see it.
By faith, we take God at His word and put our hope in the trustworthiness of His character as we look forward to the day that God fulfills His personal promises to us, as well as the day that He returns and brings the final fulfillment of the remaining promises that He has made to His people throughout the Bible.
By faith, continue to trust in the God’s faithfulness to fulfil all of His promises. Pray accordingly!