Standing on the Promises

Thank you for participating in the 21 Days of Prayer. This year, Strong Tower is joining our Haitian church partner, the Church of the Redeemer, to stand on God’s promises on behalf of children and families in Caracol, and in all of Haiti.

Here are a few resources to get us started:

Stand: an attitude toward a particular issue; a position taken in a situation or argument. syn. stance, posture, position, perspective, approach

  1. to take up or maintain a specified position or posture; to maintain one’s position
  2. to occupy a place or location

Promise: an oral or written agreement to do or not do something; syn. word, assurance, pledge, vow, guarantee, oath, commitment, covenant

  1. a cause or ground for hope

Finally, the exclamation point of this prayer initiative must be the famous hymn of the same name.

“Standing on the Promises” was written in 1886 by Russell Kelso Carter. Carter served as a professor and coach at the Pennsylvania Military Academy, then went on to become a Methodist pastor, and eventually, a medical doctor.

At the age of 30, Carter was diagnosed with a terminal heart condition, which caused him to wholeheartedly seek God in Scripture. As God unveiled the beauty and power of His Word, Carter began to pray, speak Scripture aloud, and believe God for His promises. He lived another 49 years.

This hymn is his testimony; it’s a part of his heritage of faith. It is our prayer that this song and its practices will become part of your heritage of faith as well.

Week 1: All the Promises of God are “Yes” in Christ

Day 1: January 9

All the promises of God are “Yes” in Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:20

God of heaven, you are Faithful and True. Thank you, God, for your Word, this good and perfect gift of love and life that we get to hold in our hands. Every promise you have spoken kindles hope and assurance in our hearts. Thank you for your Son, Jesus, in whom all your promises are YES and AMEN. We believe you for Haiti’s healing, and we stand on your promises with thanksgiving. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart. Psalm.119:111

Day 2: January 10

I will be with you always. Hebrews 13:5; Matthew 28:20

God, we praise you, for you are who you say you are, Immanuel, God with us. You are closer to us than our next breath. Thank you for your tender care and your active, loving presence in our lives and in the lives of believers throughout Haiti. Holy Spirit, remind the Body of Christ of your extraordinary nearness, and help us lean into you and know that you are God. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

I said, ‘You are my servant;’ I have chosen you and not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:9-10

Day 3: January 11

I will give you abundant life. John 10:10

Jesus, you are the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Thank you for rescuing us from the dominion of darkness and bringing us into your Kingdom of light. Thank you for the Church of the Redeemer who is shining your light brightly in Caracol. God, we pray for a fresh outpouring of your Holy Spirit in and through them as they share your love and truth in their community. Father, prosper the Church with the fullness of your power and glory this day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

“Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” By this He meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were later to receive. John 7:38-39

Day 4: January 12

You are my child. Romans 8:14-17

God, thank you for the privilege of calling you, “Abba, Father.” Thank you for welcoming us into your family with open arms and unfailing love. God, lead our brothers and sisters in Haiti to know and rely on the love you have for them. May this promise dwell deeply in each person’s spirit and at the forefront of each person’s mind. We are forever yours and forever loved. Praise you, Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. 1 John 3:1

Day 5: January 13

I will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17

God, your Word says that we are your beloved, and that you, the Author of joy, rejoice over us, your redeemed. You are so good to us, God, thank you. Father in Heaven, this day, we pray that the redeemed in Haiti may audibly hear, with their ears or with their hearts, your songs of delight over them. Bless them, Father, and hold them close. We rejoice in you, our Savior King. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

He brought me out into a spacious place; He rescued me because He delighted in me. Psalm 18:19

Day 6: January 14

I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

Thank you, God, for your sincere invitation to come to you so that you can share your yoke that is easy and light, with us. It is written that only in you, will we find rest for our souls. Father, we ask for your divine rest to come to Haiti through your Son, Jesus. God, we pray for the salvation of the entire country. We pray for every government leader, shaman, schoolteacher, parent, grand-parent, business owner, farmer, fisherman, fisherwoman, aid worker, young adult, and child will respond to your call to “Come to Me,” choosing you, the Great Shepherd of the sheep, as God and King. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

The LORD is my shepherd. I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Psalm 23

Day 7: January 15

I am Love. 1 John 4:16 Love is patient, love is kind…1 Cor. 13

God, thank you for loving us with an everlasting love. Your love reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. God, thank you for your great love for the Haitian people. May your love overflow into every heart and into every space in Haiti, bringing light, hope, and strength, and healing. Thank you, Father. Your love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. Jeremiah 31:3, Psalm 36:5, I Corinthians 13:7

But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. Psalm 86:15

Week 2: Joy Comes in the Morning

Day 8: January 16

In this world, you will have trouble. John 16:33

God, we know that with the Fall, sin entered our world and our relationships with you, self, others, and rest of creation broke apart. Thank you for making a way for us to draw near to you through your Son, Jesus. Thank you for the reconciling work that you are doing in us and around the world. Thank you for being strong in our weakness and an ever-present help in time of trouble. Father, we pray that Haitian people will wholeheartedly turn to you in this time of great need. Thank you, God, for your compassions that fail not. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 2 Corinthians 12:10, Psalm 46:1, Lamentations 3:22

The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. I John 4:4, 1 John 5:4-5

Day 9: January 17

I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. John 14:18

God, sometimes we feel alone, but the Truth sets us free from this lie. Thank you, God, for the community we have with you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We are never alone. Thank you for the Church, for family, friends, and neighbors to share life with. Father, we pray for the gift of strong community for Caracol’s families. May they build upon their strengths and spur one another on toward love and good deeds. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen. John 8:32, Hebrews 10:24

And I will ask the Father and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. …But you know Him for He lives with you and will be in you. John 14: 16-17.

Day 10: January 18

I will give beauty for ashes. Isaiah 61:3

God, we praise you, our Redeemer, Reconciler, and Restorer. Thank you for your promise, your heart to make all things new. God, thank you for this work that you are doing even now, and we look with joyful expectation for its fulfillment at the Second Advent. We pray that mothers, fathers, and caregivers in Haiti will experience your healing love in their personal lives and in their families.

Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name. Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion. Psalm 103:1-4

Day 11: January 19

I am your refuge. Psalm 46, Psalm 91:2,4

God, thank you for your steadfast presence. You are our strength and our song, our hiding place, our safe refuge. Your faithful love is stronger than every storm. Heavenly Father, cover Haiti with the shelter of your wings, surround children and families with songs of deliverance. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen. Psalm 32:7, Isaiah 12:2

The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. Proverbs 18:10

Day 12: January 20

I am holding you close to my heart. Isaiah 40:11, John 17:20-26

God, this promise is our reality. Thank you for your tender care for the people of your pasture. Father, reveal this truth to followers of Jesus in Haiti. May all know the widths and depths of your perfect love today. “The King of love our Shepherd is.” Psalm 95:7, Ephesians 3:17-18 

I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes to only to steal, kill, and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:9-10.

Day 13: January 21

Peace I leave you. John 14:27

God, thank you for your all-consuming peace, your shalom, that you give as a gift to all who trust in you. Father, we pray that the leaders of Haiti will put their trust in you alone, and that your shalom will reign in hearts, minds, and lives. We pray for your peace to rest with your people, today and always. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD; the LORD, is the Rock eternal. Isaiah 26:3-4

Day 14: January 22

Joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5

God, thank you for your mercies that are new every morning. Every day, as we seek you, you pour your great joy into our hearts; we give you thanks and praise. God, thank you for divinely designing seasons in creation and in our lives. Some of them, we would not choose, but in the midst of all of them, you are there, and your faithfulness surrounds you. God of heaven, please bring the nation of Haiti into the newness of morning. May the fruit of the Spirit dwell richly in and among churches, families, businesses, government entities, and communities. Thank you for this promise that joy cometh. In Jesus’ name. Amen. Lamentations 3:22-23, Psalm 4:7, Psalm 89:8

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

Week 3: I Will Make All Things New

Day 15: January 23

Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:14-17

Thank you, God, for equipping us with faith, wisdom, knowledge, and armor for the spiritual battles of this world. Holy Spirit, remind us of the truth of your Word and the power that it holds. May we stand firm on your promises with an active faith, ready to defend ourselves and to stand in the gap for our loved ones here and in Haiti. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23

Day 16: January 24

My Word is living and active. Hebrews 4:12

God, how can we thank you for your Word? We have chosen the way of truth, God, we set our hearts on your laws. We run in the path of your commands, for you have set our hearts free. It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Father, may your Word accomplish what you desire in Caracol, and achieve the purpose for which you sent it. Psalm 119:29-32, Galatians 5:1, Isaiah 55:10-11

The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and they are life. John 6:63

Day 17: January 25

Your life is hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:3

God, in the beginning, your plan for our relationship was full communion, and now, through your Son, we walk closely with you again. Thank you for this promise for every believer, for every brother and sister in Haiti. Help us to keep our eyes and our hearts set on you. Remind us all that our lives are not our own, but that we belong to you. Jesus, you are our righteousness. May we glorify you always. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen. Jeremiah 10:23, 2 Corinthians 5:21

You are of Christ, and Christ is of God. 1 Corinthians 3:23

Day 18: January 26

I will answer you. Jeremiah 33:3, Matthew 7:7-8

God, you are the best listener. In your lovingkindness, you hear us. Thank you for your promise to answer us when we call to you, telling us great and unsearchable things that we do not know. Thank you for the privilege of partnering with you in your Kingdom work. God, in your great mercy, we ask for your justice and peace to rise up and make its home in Haiti. This is not too big for you, King of kings and LORD of lords.  In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen. Psalm 119:145, Isaiah 30:18, Revelation 19:11-16

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us—we know that we have what we asked of him. 1 John 5:14-15

Day 19: January 27

I will heal you. 2 Chronicles 7:14, James 5:14-16

God, we praise you, Jehovah-Rapha, the Lord who heals. You heal the sick, the sinner, the brokenhearted; you heal nations. Father, we pray for all in Haiti who need your healing touch. In Jesus’ name, we ask for your healing to come to the sick. We pray for hospitals to reopen, medical supplies and clean water to be available, and food for every table. For Haiti’s leaders, God, we pray for repentance of their wicked ways, and a mighty turning toward you, the Hope of nations. Amen. Exodus 15:26, Psalm 147:3, Matthew 12:21, Revelation 22:2.

 He himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might dies to sins and live for righteousness; by His wounds we are healed. 2 Peter 2:24

Day 20: January 28

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of my throne. Psalm 97:2

“One thing you have spoken, two things I have heard, that you, O God, are strong and that you, O Lord, are loving. For the LORD is a God of justice and He loves righteous deeds. Blessed are all who wait for Him.” God, thank you for your strong character, perfect and true. As your people, we love your righteousness and justice. We crave it and call for it to come into this world, both near and far, today, in Jesus’ name. Holy Spirit, grant us courage to “learn to do right, seek justice, encourage the oppressed, defend the cause of the fatherless, and plead the case of the widow” for your glory and your fame. Amen. Psalm 62:11, Psalm 11:7, Isaiah 30:18, Isaiah 1:17

 A large crowd followed Him, and He healed all who were ill. He warned them not to tell others about Him. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on Him, and He will proclaim justice to the nations.” Matthew 12:17-18

Day 21: January 29

I will make all things new. Revelation 21:5

God, the time has come and is coming for you to make all things new. We praise you, Lord! You are faithful to all your promises and loving toward all you have made. Every healing we experience this side of heaven, every victory we have in Jesus points to you and to our eternal home. Jesus, thank you for your promise to come soon. We look forward to the day when all the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations will bow down before you.  We look forward to the day when you will wipe away every tear, and there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain. Father, from this day forward, embolden the Body of Christ in Haiti in new and beautiful ways to be ambassadors of light and reconciliation in their communities. Thank you for the privilege of partnering with you in your Kingdom work. We love you. We bless your holy name. Psalm 145:13, Psalm 22:27, Revelation 21:4

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:19

LYRICS:

1 Standing on the promises of Christ, my King,
Through eternal ages let his praises ring;
Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing,
Standing on the promises of God.

Refrain:
Standing, standing,
Standing on the promises of God, my Savior;
Standing, standing,
I’m standing on the promises of God.

2 Standing on the promises that cannot fail.
When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
By the living Word of God I shall prevail,
Standing on the promises of God. [Refrain]

3 Standing on the promises of Christ, the Lord,
Bound to him eternally by love’s strong cord,
Overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword,
Standing on the promises of God. [Refrain]

4 Standing on the promises I cannot fall,
List’ning ev’ry moment to the Spirit’s call,
Resting in my Savior as my all in all,
Standing on the promises of God. [Refrain]

Thank you for praying! Prayer connects our hearts to God’s and moves mountains in His Kingdom. God bless you!

With faith, hope, and love,

Lorie