How the Covenant to Seek God’s Face is Different from Others

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. (Tit 2:12-14).

Then He [Jesus] spoke a parable to them that men always ought to pray and not lose heart… (Luke 18:1 ff).

[P]raying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit… (Eph 6:18b).

This covenant is different from most in that it calls for an ongoing lifestyle of deeper prayer with three specific steps of actual repentance. It is also different in that it provides concise, practical tools that enable believers to carry out their pledges. Rather than an occasional emphasis of merely “saying” some general prayers, believers are led to embrace concrete patterns of lasting prayer and repentance. It is very important to realize simply “saying” we repent is not the same thing as embracing actual steps for doing it.

Sadly, surveys strongly suggest most American believers have inadequate knowledge of how to embrace deep, detailed repentance. Many acknowledge they have never been taught how to embrace full heart examination and deeper prayer. For this reason, many modern covenants and prayer emphases are far too general to guide believers into meaningful surrender to Christ’s Lordship. While leaders’ intentions are no doubt excellent, they are based on the false assumption that Americans already understand true repentance. One thing is certain — a true return to God requires a commitment to embrace deep heart searching and specific yielding to Christ. Anything less is a mere “pretense” of prayer and a “false show” of repentance. God is neither impressed nor fooled by shallow efforts.

As believers, we simply must do more than briefly “say” we repent and voice a few general prayers. We must decide to fully embrace a God-seeking lifestyle of deeper prayer and detailed repentance. Yet, by God’s grace there is glorious hope! He invites us to a loving intimacy and purpose too wonderful for words. Let us lay aside the shallow general prayers of spiritual children and join our Lord in the grown up prayers of a mature, loving Bride.

  • Heavenly Father, as we come to Call2Fall, we pray for a deep move of your Spirit upon each church and the lives of all who will humble themselves before you this Sunday. Lord we pray that you will give unction to pastors, leaders and heads of household as they endeavor to lead those in their care to understand the things that Dr. Frizzell has articulated here. Please use this day to be a genuine day for men, women and children to declare our nation’s utter dependence upon God on the eve of the day our nation celebrates our independence.
  • Lord we acknowledge that to the degree that we have become independent of you, to that degree we have become slaves to every kind of unrighteousness that you can never bless. God we are desperate. Please do a work in those who bow this Sunday. Lead them to an ever deepening understanding, deep repentance and a lifestyle of prayer. Make our churches “houses of prayer” and use them to flame the fires of prayer for God-enabled repentance and revival in Your churches, and a great awakening in our needy nation.
  • Hear our prayer and mix them with those of our forefathers who dedicated this nation to You! Help us to walk in Your covenant of grace as living sacrifices, our reasonable service, and use us to reach our fellow countrymen with the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ – the same gospel that has brought blessing to our nation in years past and is our only hope for the future. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!

(Praying God’s Heart in Times Like These! “A Covenant to Seek the Reviver Not Just Revival, © Dr. Gregory Frizzell, 2009, www.frizzellministries.org, www.masterdesign.org/frizzell.html, by permission from the author. Download Covenant)

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