Note: A covenant between kings at this time in history was normally sealed by cutting animal carcasses in half, and by having the two kings walk together between the pieces. What they were signifying by this was, "If I fail to fulfill my covenant obligations, may what has been done to these animals be done to me." When God put Abraham into a deep sleep, and sent the smoking firepot (symbolizing him and his presence) alone to pass between the pieces, he was declaring that he and he alone would be responsible to fulfill the terms of the covenant. His part was to do; Abraham's part was to believe. Lord God, I pray for myself and for ______________________ this day, that your word will come to each one of us, and that you will reveal yourself to us. I pray that we will not be afraid of anyone or anything. Please be our shield, to protect us from harm and temptation. May you yourself be our very great reward. I pray that we will believe you and believe your word, and I claim your promise that our faith will be credited to us as righteousness. We are grateful that you, through the work of Christ alone, have made a way for us to be right with you apart from our works and despite our many sins. I ask you to make large promises to us, and to do seemingly impossible things for us. I pray that you will confirm the covenant you have made with us to grant us possession of the inheritance you have promised us in Christ. May you protect our very life, that we may go to our fathers in peace and live to "a good old age," as Abraham did. We see here your great patience toward the people of Canaan, how you gave them 400 years to repent before you brought your judgment. On behalf of our land, we beg you for patience toward us for our many sins, and pray that you will bring about a spiritual awakening in our land before our sin is complete and you are forced to judge us. We ask you for elected officials who will understand the importance of directing the hearts of this nation back to you. I ask these things in the name of Christ, amen.