Pray To God - Who Is He?

February - Week 1 - The God of Covenant.
 -      1 Kings 8:22-23 - Solomon (when dedicating the temple) prayed to God and said: "Lord, the God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below - you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way."  We are praying to God who keeps his covenant of love with us.
-      Psalm 25:14 The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.
-      Hebrews 8:10 This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
-      In making the New Covenant, God said very definitely, "Not after the covenant I made with your fathers." We have learnt what the fault was with that Covenant: it made God's favor dependent upon the obedience of the people. "If ye obey, I will be your God." We have learnt how the New Covenant remedied the defect: God Himself provided for the obedience. It changes "If ye keep My judgments" into "I will put My Spirit within you, and ye shall keep." Instead of the Covenant and its fulfillment depending on man's obedience, God undertakes to ensure the obedience. The Old Covenant proved the need, and pointed out the path, of holiness: the New inspires the love, and gives the power, of holiness [Andrew Murray, The Two Covenants].
 
-      Prayer thought: God has established his covenant for us.  We pray to a covenant-keeping God who honors his covenant even when we don't always keep that covenant.