Often people “claim” a promise when life is hard or they’re afraid. They might even claim a promise for someone else. When people do this, though, they are taking the Word of God and attempting to “own” it like a talisman or mantra. They’re treating an utterance breathed out by God as a silver bullet or a security blanket, a quick solution or a comfort to carry around. Some preachers even express these ideas from the pulpit. This misses the very nature of a promise, though. A promise isn’t a thing; it’s an expression of something greater.