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Cape Cod Sacred Assembly preparation, Day 14
 

 "If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves, and
pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will
hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land" 2 Chron
7:14

Day 14 - Covenant Prayer

Now it is in my heart to make a covenant with the Lord God of Israel,
that His fierce wrath may turn away from us.
(2 Chron. 29:10)

Effective prayer is covenant-prayer. Covenant praying is done in
covenant relationship with God and takes God's Word and promises
seriously. Many of God's promises are conditional as in 2 Chronicles
7:14. "If My people will . . . then I will." The covenant promises of
God provide a clear basis for faith and obedience. They provide ground
for being persistent in both prayer and faith, so we don't up easily!

Living in covenant with God has always been the key by which men and
women of faith have contended at the throne before God with results
happening on the earth.
Covenant praying is selfless praying; this prayer focuses not on what
we want but on the glory of God and the welfare of others. It even is
a willingness to lay one's life down for the sake of God's glory. This
kind of prayer says, "Not unto us, O Lord, but unto Your name give
glory for Your mercy and for Your truths' sake" (Psalm 115:1).

Prayer Points:
· Forgive me for breaking covenant with You! Help me to see that Your
covenant promises are conditional.
· Jesus, conform me into Your image that Your will and heart will
become mine!

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These devotionals are written by Rhonda Hughey. Here is a quote from
her book "Desperate for His Presence", published by Bethany House
Publishers:

"The pursuit of God's Presence is not a means to an end. It is the
end! What we are talking about is not a formula for how to be more
effective in ministry. It is the core of our existence and the purpose
of our life. We exist to know Him, to worship Him, and to reflect His
beauty to the world around us!
God is waiting and longing for us to experience an awareness of His
Presence. Knowing His Presence in theory but not in experience is not
biblical faith. It is religion only. We have the privilege as
believers to know and experience the tangible Presence of God.
In "The Pursuit of God", A.W.Tozer makes a contrast between being in
the Presence of God positionally and experiencing His Presence
actually. He goes on to say that, as a result of settling for the
positional Presence of God only, contentment takes the place of
burning hearts and fervent zeal for the Lord. 'The church then settles
for only an intellectual knowledge of God and remains unconcerned
about the absence of personal experience' "


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