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The Holy Scriptures, the Old and New Testaments, are the word of God and the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine, and conduct. As we apply scriptural principles and insights to our lives, Scripture informs and shapes the way we pray.
It’s also true that “what you pray forms what you believe.” This early Church principle has been recognized by church leaders through the centuries as they have composed services and prayer books.
The Evangelical Covenant Church grew out of a movement known as Pietism, which stresses a personal relationship with Christ and the active living faith of persons transformed by the gospel. The early Pietists gave us a method for the examination of Scripture. They would ask three questions. First, what does the text teach? Second, what does the text command? And finally, what does the text promise? Covenant theologians C. John Weborg and Michelle Clifton-Soderstrom have reframed these questions: What do we believe? How do we live? What do we hope?
These questions provide an approach to help us weave Scripture into our thinking and our prayers—and therefore inform what we believe. A fourth question is added, How do we pray? This process is not only designed to be a one-week exercise; it is intended to give us a new way of integrating Scripture and prayer into our lives, shaping and helping us to grow on our faith journeys.
Although prayer is a time of intentionally dwelling with and listening to God, we also pray by sharing and celebrating these truths together in community—by singing, drawing and painting, walking and reflecting together, and reminding one another of God’s goodness to us.
Truly Praying: Shaped by the Scriptures is downloadable in English, Spanish, and Korean in two formats and may also be enlarged for the sight-impaired. This non-dated resource can be used by individuals as well as in groups, within one week or over the course of seven weeks. Written by Geoff Twigg, this week of prayer resource gives us a new way of integrating Scripture and prayer into our lives, shaping and helping us to grow on our faith journeys.
For more than 60 years, the Evangelical Covenant Church has provided materials for a week of prayer during the month of January. Whether scheduled at the beginning of a new year or at another time, challenging and equipping followers of Jesus to live a life of prayer is central to our task.
May this prayer resource encourage us—not only to pray but also to deeper faith through a greater integration of Scripture and prayer into our lives.