In a contract, we exchange promises; in a covenant, we give OURSELVES to each other; God GAVE Himself for us (John 1:1, 14), and we are to give ourselves to God (Romans 12:1). Let’s look at four aspects of
Our Response-Abilities in Covenant Prayer
We Respond in Obedience ~
- John 13:36-38 – Not just promises
- Peter makes promises; how does that play out?
- Instead, 1 Peter 1:2 tells us we have been chosen for obedience
- 2 John 1:6 ~ Christian love IS to walk in obedience to Christ
- So What? Jer. 29:12 God WANTS us to pray; when we pray, we obey
We Respond with Time ~
- Acts 3:1 – notice the reference to the TIME of prayer
- Psalm 5:1-3 – What time do you see here?
- 1 Thes. 5:17 – challenge to pray always
- So What? make and keep regular appointments with God in prayer
We Respond With a Place ~
- Acts 16:13-16 – a formal place of prayer; how formal is YOURS?
- 1 Kings 8:27-29 – How does this “place” affect prayer?
- Matthew 14:23 – How does Jesus’ example affect ours?
- So What? the LOCATION doesn’t matter; Pick a place to pray!
We Respond With Heart Preparation ~
- Habakkuk 2:20 – how do we prepare for God’s presence?
- Psalm 103:1 – how does this interact with Hab. 2:20?
- So What? ask yourself: are you “all in” in prayer? what’s holding you back?
“Blessed Savior, I pace back and forth at the altar of commitment. I really do want a fixed habit of prayer. At least, that is what I want right now. I’m not sure if that is what I will want two weeks from now. I do know that without some kind of consistent communion with you I will not know holy obedience. So, as best I can, I promise to set aside time regularly for prayer, meditation, and spiritual reading. Strengthen me in this covenant. Help me to so delight in your presence that I will want to come home to you often. In your name and for your sake I make this covenant. Amen.”1
1. Richard Foster, Prayer, the Heart’s True Home, pg. 77