(Part 1 “PRAYER”)
1. WHAT IS PRAYER
A) Prayer is COMMUNION with God i.e., communicating with God by talking with Him out loud. (Psm 5:1-3, 142:1-2)
It is by prayer that we make our requests known unto God (Phil 4:6-7), thus taking the situations, circumstances, cares and experiences of life out of our hands and putting them into God’s. (1 Pet 5:7, Psm 55:22).
B) Prayer is a general term encompassing all of the many expressions of communication between man and God.
2. WHY MUST WE PRAY?
A) Because God takes pleasure in your prayer. (Prov 15:8, Psm 65:2)
B) Without prayer your relationship with God breaks down. (Psm 32:3-4)
C) Because you will get nothing from God without prayer (Jam 4:1-2, Lk 11:9)
D) Through prayer you can have whatsoever you desire (Mk 11:24, Psm 37:4-5)
E) Because through prayer you experience deliverance and protection from the Devil’s power, e.g., temptation. (Matt 6:13; 26:41)
F) Prayerlessness is sin. (Jam 4:17, 1 Sam 12:23)
We can now see that without a consistent prayer life our Christian experience remains nothing but a hollow shell.
3. HOW DO WE PRAY?
A) The Bible lists four basic categories, avenues, methods of prayer (1 Tim 2:1). These are as follows:
Supplications: This is primarily ASKING, SEEKING AND KNOCKING. (Matt 7:7-8, Lk 11:9-10)
Prayers: This refers to general, routine prayers, e.g., food blessing, journeying mercy, spontaneous short prayer for a specific need. (Mark 6:41)
Intercession: This is intense prayer on behalf of, or in the place of, others. (Jer 27:18, Rom 8:26)
Giving of thanks: This is where you spend time in thanksgiving, praise and worship before God. (Psm 101:1)
B) The LORD’S PRAYER is the perfect pattern for prayer, in that it includes all of the above 4 categories. (Matt 6:913, Luke 11:1-4)
Please notice the order of prayer:
2. Spiritual things/the Kingdom
3. Material needs/wants
4. Cleansing and protection from evil
5. Praise and thanksgiving
NB: This prayer begins and ends with praise and it puts spiritual things before material things. It involves repentance and is unselfish. This is the perfect pattern for prayer.
D) We must pray in the name of Jesus, ie, on the grounds of His righteousness and not ours. (Without His Name our check will not be cashed by Heaven’s bank) (Jn 14:13-14, Col 3:17)
E) We must pray in faith, believing that God hears and that He will answer. (Heb 11:6, Mk 11:23-24)
4. WHEN SHOULD WE PRAY?
A) Every morning Psm 5:1-3, Mk 1:35
B) Every night Psm 88:1-2, 55:17
C) In the time of need Psm 4:1, 46:1-4, 142:1-7
D) As often as we can Eph 6:18
OF THE LESSON
The only way that you can practically apply this lesson is to begin praying, i.e., talking to God aloud. The very best time to pray is early in the morning. The Lord’s Prayer pattern was clearly designed to be prayed at this time. Make it your practice to use this pattern every morning before you start the day until it becomes habitual.
As you develop consistency in this area, you will begin to discover the dynamics and the joys of prayer. This will take your relationship with God into heights and depths beyond anything you could currently imagine. It is impossible to explore the wonderful world of Christian life without first going through the door of prayer.
(HOME BIBLE STUDY)
Prayer is the great means by which Christians come into the presence of God to worship Him and to receive from Him the guidance, the help and the strength which they need at all times. Prayer is a daily necessity for the believer and therefore every Christian should set aside regular times each day to spend in personal prayer and Bible reading. The most powerful and influential person in the world is the Christian who knows how to pray and to get his prayers answered. To be able to pray in this way we must follow carefully the instructions of God’s Word, which are set out in this study, and we must have the help of the Holy Spirit.
1. With what two things should we enter God’s presence? (Psm 100:4)
2. What happens when we draw near to God? (Jas 4:8)
3. When should we pray?
a) Lk 18:1, Eph 6, 18 _____________________________
b) Psm 5:3______________________________________
c) 1 Chr 16:11___________________________________
d) 1 Thess 5:17__________________________________
e) Lk 18:7 _____________________________________
4. What kind of prayer produces great results? (Jas 5:16)
5. If we want God to hear and answer our prayers, what must we do?
a) Jn 9:31______________________________________
b) 1 Jn 3:22 ____________________________________
c) Mk 11:24, Jas 1:6-7____________________________
6. How did David say he would begin each day? (Psm 5:3)
7. At what three times did David decide to pray each day? (Psm 55:17)
8. For whom should we pray particularly?
a) 1 Tim 2:1-2 __________________________________
b) Eph 6:18_____________________________________
c) Matt 9:38 ____________________________________
9. What are two of the things that should accompany our prayer? (Eph 6:18)
10. In whose prayer does the Lord delight? (Prov 15:8)
11. What should a Christian do instead of worrying? (Phil 4:6)
12. In whose name should we pray, and with what motive? (Jn 14:13)
13. Upon what two conditions may we ask for what we will from God?
14. Write down four things, found in the following verses, which will hinder the answers to our prayers.
a) Psm 66.18 _____________________________________
b) Jas 1:6-7_______________________________________
c) Jas 4:3_________________________________________
d) 1 Pet 3:7 _______________________________________
15. In order to overcome satanic forces, what must we sometimes join with prayer? (Mk 9:29)
16. If we have anything against another person, what should we do before we pray? (Mk 11:25)
17. If we pray according to the will of God, of what two things may we be confident? (1 in 5:14-15)
18. When we do not have strength or knowledge to pray aright, who helps us to pray according to God’s will? (Rom 8:26-27)
19. If we meet with other Christians for prayer in the name of Jesus, what promise has Jesus given us? (Matt 18:20)
20. What two wrong mental attitudes must we guard against when praying? (1 Tim 2:8)
21. If we are praying alone, what does Jesus tell us to do? (Matt 6:6)
22. How does Jesus say that this kind of prayer will be rewarded? (Matt 6:6)
23. What is the result of getting our prayers answered? (Jn 16:24)
Jn 15:7 – Write out this verse from memory