Are you praying in the New Covenant way? There is a time to think back and remember so that we can move ahead. I believe that God has everything we need, already given to us, if we have the faith to see. The problem is, not losing sight of what’s most important in our walk with Christ, and the promise that has been given through His sacrifice.
Have you ever been in a room filled with people and felt that, even though you are a part of the crowd, you’re not quite sure what’s going on around you? Then from across the room, you hear several people talking about something that seems to be the answer everyone is looking for. The crowd is excited, and you feel a part of something big, but you don’t completely understand why? Christianity can feel like sometimes; we are “just one of the crowd”. We can memorize scripture, know the most complex theology, think we know God, without ever fully getting to know God!

“The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, and He will show them His covenant (Psalm 25:14).”

God has a secret to share with all of us, but our hearts and minds have to be aligned with His, and we have to trust His promises. In the passage above, the word secret (in Hebrew) is used to mean conversing between friends, or intimate knowledge between friends. How incredibly powerful it is to know that God’s secret is knowing Him intimately and conversing with Him as if He’s your best friend. He is intimately involved with those of us who fear Him (Fear here is reverence). The scripture is talking about His true worshipers. Those who know God through His Son Jesus and are led by the Holy Spirit into a relationship with the Father, fear Him in this way. Because of this He will show us his covenant. This is the arrangement He made with Jesus to bring us His salvation!

Before we can truly pray in the New Covenant way, we have to believe His promises made in the New Covenant, were made personally for you and for me. God gives us a new heart, a righteous fear of God (guilt be gone). Again, it’s not the fear here that immobilizes you, it’s a kind of fear that keeps God in a place of honor in our lives. It is He that is all-powerful, all-knowing, and in all-places. This New Covenant also gives us dominion over sin. His law has been written on our hearts so that we won’t sin against Him. God gives us His Spirit to teach us His ways to keep us from falling. There is so much more! All of this is given to us, and given freely, but are only truly unlocked within us when we pray and seek God faithfully.

The Bible is full of God’s promises. It’s through prayer we gain a revelation and understanding of this New Covenant with God our Father. Throughout the Word God says, “I will give you these promises, but I want you to seek my face until you are fully convinced of them.” So, we look back to remember what He has done and pray with authority for what’s to come! Famous men in the bible knew to look back on the promises God had spoken. Jacob was given a sure promise by God through the Covenant with Abraham. This was a promise between God and Abraham. The Covenant was dependent on God alone. What He spoke would come to pass, and Jacob remembered what had been said and claimed it as his!

Your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15 Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you (Genesis 28:14-15).”

God assured Jacob that no harm would come to him if he returned to his country and family. Jacob looked back to pray forward. He claimed the promise of the past and let God know He was holding Him to it.

Jesus, the One who made the covenant promises with the Father, and was also the personification of the New Covenant promise, prayed to the Father about the Promise that was made when the world began.

After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4 I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began (John 17:1-5).”

When Jesus prays, “Father the hour has come, glorify Your Son…” He was bringing back into play the promise made at the beginning of time between Father and Son, the Covenant of Redemption for all of mankind! Jesus, the One who has always been with God the Father, He sets the standard of our prayer life in this new covenant way. Remember what God has done, what He has said, or promised! He will do it again! No longer are we a people blindly walking in our faith. Jesus made the way! It’s the power of knowing what has been done for us in the past, that gives us the ability to believe what we can’t see yet to be so in our future!

So this week as you spend time in prayer, take time to look back. See what God has done for you, all around you in the people you know, and believe that His promise holds true even still today! The Covenant is binding, but we must believe it, for it to be activated in our lives. The intimate friendship with our Lord and Savior is the key to unlocking the greatest mystery! Truth will be revealed. God will not let the enemy win. He has sent His Son Jesus to bring us back to Him. He has given us the Holy Spirit to reveal that nothing can separate us from the covenant love of God!

Whatever we ask for in prayer, believe in it so that we are open to receive it.

Pray with the authority that has been given through a Covenant from the Father and Son to set us free from the bondage of sin. Looking back doesn’t leave us stuck in the past, no, it’s our reminder that we’ve seen Him move mountains before, and we know by His promises that He’s gonna do it again!

Have a week filled with reflection of what God has done and believe that because of His covenant with the Son He will do it again!

Kristin Tucker
Director of Worship Arts