October 10, 2010

Lesson 5

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Your PART in prayer–

“Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Ephesians 5:19,20

1.  What does the Bible tell us about our Lord’s willingness to listen to our requests and answer them?  Read Hebrews 4: 14,15 Jesus our advocate & high Priest, experienced all human emotions on earth as a human.  He sympathizes with us and wants to help us with all of our problems.  He knows and understands ‘where’ we are physically, mentally, and spiritually.

2.  The Scriptures teach that we should pray humbly, yet boldly.  Read the following verses and summarize this humble/bold approach to the throne of God.   Read II Chronicles 7:14; II Chronicles 34:27; Psalm 10:17; Hebrews 4:16.

If we approach God without a proud spirit, God will answer.  He will lift us up.  Bodlness refers to confidence that He will know what is best for us.  A humble heart shows we have NO ability of our own,  To come boldly without fear because we know it is Him we need—nothing we can do.

3.  How can we achieve both of these attitudes at the same time?  Read Hebrews 10:17 & 19-23; James 4:10; I Peter 5:5,6.

If we submit ourselves to God and come before Him in humility, He will give us the boldness—confidence not pride to approach Hid throne and present our petitions to Him with Great Expectation! When our heart is humble, we cancome boldly because we are simply doing as we are told to do.

Doing our PART

In his book Prevailing Prayer, nineteenth-century evangelist D.L. Moody described nine elements that he considered essential to true prayer: adoration, confession, restitution, thanksgiving, forgiveness, unity, faith , petition and submission.  We can categorize those 9 elements into the acronym PART—a useful and effective pattern for prayers. Praise, Admission, Request,Thanksgiving.

Praise

4.           How did Jesus instruct us to begin our prayers to God? Read Matthew 6:9 . We are to pray to our heavenly father with reverence. Directed to God acknowledging His holiness.

5.           Read the following praise verses and jot down a key phrase that you can incorporate in your own praise to God. Remember, in the praise part of prayer, we want to focus on Who God is—His character & attributes

This lesson based on a study by Marsha Hubler. Draw Me Closer, Lord.
 Regular Baptist Press; 2003

Every experience God gives us,

Every person He puts in our lives,

Is the perfect preparation,

For the future that

Only He can see.

Hi, Ladies,  We had a good class today, but I forgot to send the journal around the room. I’ll post here the  praises we had as class started, but won’t send an email.  Sure hope to see you next week!  m.

Praises–

We were thankful to have Laurel join us today!

Jody–Praising the Lord for the way He has worked in specific relationships of her son at school.   Introduction meeting for Kid’s Hope went well & she’s excited that she will get to be involved.  She will get to meet with her specific student this week.

Mickie–Thankful for the way things worked out as they prepared for her son’s birthday.  Ed had a safe trip to SanDiego and specifically in an incident that, without the Lord’s protection could have troubling.

Joellyn–Thankful for a good teacher’s conference.

Barbie–Praising God for His timing with 4 different births she had scheduled during the last of September and first of October.

Leah– Had a bride that was pressuring her to get her wedding pictures done.  Though the time was limited, God helped her to get about a week’s worth of work done on them in just a couple of days!

Marci–I told the ladies I had many specific answers to prayer during the time since we’d last met, regarding Mom’s care, her progress,her treatment and specific requests for wisdom both for Mom and for my family.

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September 5, 2010

Lesson 4 Conclusion

Continual Prayer

How can anyone possibly pray all the time?

10. With what heartfelt attitudes should we approach the throne of God each  day?  Read Philippians 4:6. We should pray with humility and thanksgiving and trust.  Trust is the opposite of worry.

b.  What does the word ‘supplications’ mean? 1 : to ask humbly and earnestly of  I found it interesting the synonym for the word is  BEG.  While God says we may enter boldly before Him and bring our requests, our heart attitude should be one of a humility as a beggar.

In  The Essentials of Prayer, E.M. Bounds said:  The spirit of devotion makes the common things of earth sacred, and the little things great.  With this spiriti of devotion, we go to business on Monday directed by the very same influence, and inspired by the same influences by wh9ich we went to church on Sunday. . . .The spirit of devotion removes religion from being a thin veneer, and puts it into the very life and being of our souls.

11.  Record what each of the following passages says about the time for prayer and our attitude in prayer.

Have you had days when you felt like your prayers ‘didn’t get above the ceiling’ ?  Are there days when you felt like you were accomplishing nothing?   We closed with the following illustration that’s been an encouragement to me.

A man was sleeping one night in his cabin when suddenly his room

filled with light, and the Lord appeared. He told the man he had

work for him to do, and showed him a large rock in front of his

cabin. He explained that the man was to push against the rock

with all his might.

So, this the man did, day after day. For many years he toiled

from sunup to sundown, his shoulders set squarely against the

cold, massive surface of the unmoving rock, pushing with all

his might! Each night the man returned to his cabin sore and

exhausted, feeling that his whole day had been spent in vain.

Since the man was showing discouragement, the adversary

decided to enter the picture by placing thoughts into the

man's weary mind. 'You have been pushing against that rock

for a long time and it hasn't moved.' (Thus, he gave the

man the impression that the task was impossible and that

he was a failure.) These thoughts discouraged and

disheartened the man. The adversary said, 'Why kill

yourself over this? Just put in your time; give the minimum

effort.That will be good enough.'  So, that's what the weary

man planned to do; but he decided instead to make it a

matter of prayer and take his troubled thoughts to the Lord.

'Lord,' he said, 'I have labored long and hard in Your service,

putting all my strength to the task of doing that which You

have asked. Yet, after all this time, I have not even budged

that rock by half a millimeter. What is wrong? Why am I failing?'

The Lord responded compassionately: 'My friend, when I asked you

to serve me and you accepted, I told you that your task was to

push against the rock with all of your strength, which you have

done.  Never did I mention to you that I expected you to move it.

Your task was to push.  And now you come to me with your strength

spent, thinking you have failed. But, is that really so?  Look

at yourself. Your arms are strong and muscled,your back strong;

your hands tough, strengthened from the constant pressure;

your legs have become massive and hard.  Through opposition you

have grown much, and your abilities now surpass that which you

formerly had.  True, you haven't moved the rock. But your calling

was to be Obedient and to push and to exercise your Faith and

trust in My Wisdom. That you have done. Now I will move the rock.'

At times, when we hear a word from God, we tend to use our own

intellect in an effort to determine what He wants, when what

God really wants is just simple obedience and faith in Him.

By all means, exercise the faith that moves mountains, but

know (and remember)that it is God Who actually moves the mountain.

When everything seems to go wrong...........................Just P.U.S.H!

When the job gets you down..................................Just P.U.S.H.

When people don't do as you think they should...............Just P.U.S.H.

When your money is 'gone' and the bills are due.............Just P.U.S.H.

When people just don't understand you ......................Just PU.S.H.

P = Pray

U = Until

S = Something

H = Happens

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This lesson based on a study by Marsha Hubler. Draw Me Closer, Lord.

Regular Baptist Press; 2003

Every experience God gives us,

Every person He puts in our lives,

Is the perfect preparation,

For the future that

Only He can see.

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August 29, 2010

Lesson 4 continued

EM Bounds said,” He who fritters away the early morning, it’s opportunity and freshness, is outher pursuits than seeking gid will make poor headway seeking Him the rest of the day.  If God is not first in our thoughts and efforts in the morning, He will be in the last place during the remainder of the day.”

We have spent a couple of weeks talking about the importance of beginning your day with prayer and reading your Bible, but to be sure that’s not the only time we are to pray.

Noontime Prayer

8.  The key verse for this lesson is Psalm 55:17 mentions praying at noon.  What does this verse teach should be our attitude toward prayer? Total dependence on God all day.  Take any and all time we have to consciously turn our fact/heart to God. Perhaps your noon day prayer is no longer than a few stolen minutes when you break for lunch or take a coffee break.  The length of time is not so important as the attitude of your heart.

Evening Prayer

9.  In addition to the key verse, other passages mention evening and night prayer.  Note who prayed (If mentioned) and the circumstances of the prayer.

Lesson 4 has gone longer than intended, but we have had good, practical discussion about things we can do to ‘make’ time for our all important prayer time.

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This lesson based on a study by Marsha Hubler. Draw Me Closer, Lord. Regular Baptist Press; 2003

Every experience God gives us,

Every person He puts in our lives,

Is the perfect preparation,

For the future that

Only He can see.

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August 22, 2010

Lesson 4 Continued

6.    In the following verses, note the name of the ‘early riser’ and the nature of each one’s time with the Lord.

7.  Look over your time chart again.  What could you change in order to have some morning time for prayer?Discuss various possibilities:  to bed earlier & rise earlier; move some household duties to the afternoon; schedule appointments in the afternoon; use a morning break in the workplace to pray.

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As we closed class today, I gave the following illustration about God’s working in the life of a former member of our class. Of course, with her permission.:o>

Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.  Delight thyself also in the LORD; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.   Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.   And He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.    Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him:   Psalm 37:3-7a

Many times, when we are pleading with God for an answer to prayer, He has already answered and we just don’t know it!

I have a friend, Brenda, that was teaching in a public High School.  While she enjoyed the students-for the most part-, her heart wanted to have a place teaching in a Christian school ministry.  She asked the Lord for that desire and unknown to her, He was already working preparing a place for her to teach in a Christian School in Schaumberg, Illinois.  They had an opening for a elementary teacher.  She was thrilled with  this answer to prayer.   It didn’t take her long to realize that her ‘heart’ was to teach 1st grade.

She loved the ministry as a whole and was so happy to be there, but then her mom was ill with cancer and Brenda needed to come home to care for her during her last months in this life.  As Brenda considered this, she wondered about her Mom’s certainty of salvation.  Brenda told the administrator of the situation and they found God had prepared someone to take her place so she could leave in the midst of a school year.   She saw God quickly sell the home she had purchased so she could return to Colorado.

During those last, difficult days of caring for her Mom,  she had opportunity to talk to her Mom about her salvation.  She was thrilled to learn that her Mom was most certainly saved!  She was thrilled to know that when her Mom died, she would be in the presence of the Lord!    After her Mom’s death, Brenda began to look again for employment in a Christian school.  The Lord seemed to clearly lead her to take a position teaching in the Secondary of a Christian school about 40 minutes from her home.

While there were many lessons learned—both academically and spiritually– her heart still longed to teach  1st grade.    At the end of that school year, the Lord made it clear  she would not be teaching in that school the following year, she didn’t have any idea where she should work.

After spending time in diligent prayer seeking God’s desire for her, she came to ‘rest’ in the fact that she was to stay with her dad for now.  Still, she seemed directed to apply for different jobs that would be closer to home.    Many seemed they were ‘made’ for her, yet she was not called for an interview.    She filled out applications, interviewed and learned to continue to ‘rest’ in what the Lord was doing.  Yet, she knew her health insurance was going to end soon.    Still, she had peace with how God was working.

Days before her insurance ran out, she got a call from someone at the school in Schaumberg.  They needed to add a 1st grade class and would she be interested in teaching the new class?  Could she come the next week to talk with the administrator?  How good God was to keep her from committing to something to ‘just get by’.  She was available!  She and her dad drove to Illinois with her car filled with teaching supplies.  She had friends offer her a place to stay; someone else offered that she could use his ‘buddy pass’ on the airline he had retired from so she and her father could fly home almost free!  She contacted the realtor she had worked with when she lived in Schaumberg previously.    You won’t be surprised to learn that in less than 5 days they found the ‘perfect’ condominium that was within easy walking distance to school and were able to schedule the closing in a quickly.

As her time to move came closer I was so pointed to the fact that while she was diligently seeking a job; while she was practicing ‘resting’ in what God was doing with her life, HE WAS Already working for her good.  He was working in the hearts of prospective first grade parents to enroll their child in the Christian school.  God had worked to provide funds for those parents .  He was busy working out the details to give her the position she most desired while she was busy learning to ‘wait’ and ‘rest’  in the Lord  and His clear leading.

How many times do we feel like God is not hearing us with our urgent requests and we feel the wait is just too long?   I think there are many times when we are pleading with the Lord for a specific prayer request and He has ALREADY answered but just has to move everything into place.

Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him:   Psalm 37:7a

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This lesson based on a study by Marsha Hubler. Draw Me Closer, Lord. Regular Baptist Press; 2003

Every experience God gives us,

Every person He puts in our lives,

Is the perfect preparation,

For the future that

Only He can see.

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August 15, 2010

Lesson 4 continued

God has commanded that we should spend time in prayer and learning His Word.   He does not command something that was not possible for us to do.   Keep a journal for several days or a week to see if you can recognize places where time is wasted.  You must be brutally honest as you do this—there may be habits that gobble up more time than we realize.  Can you see time that could be spent in fellowship with God?  You may need to begin small—5 minutes.  But  you will soon find that if you ask God for the time, He will show you places to find it.  You will also find that as you ‘make time’ for fellowship with God, many He will ‘add time’ to your day.

I can’t tell you how or why but it is possible with God.

Morning prayer.

EM Bounds said,” He who fritters away the early morning, it’s opportunity and freshness, in other pursuits than seeking God will make poor headway seeking Him the rest of the day.  If God is not first in our thoughts and efforts in the morning, He will be in the last place during the remainder of the day.”

I have to be honest:  I am NOT an early morning person by nature.  For years, as a new Christian, I struggled with the difficulty of getting up before the sun to have fellowship with God.  I couldn’t imagine why others could get up so early and enjoy their quiet time with God and I just struggled to get up and stay awake!  Fortunately, God knew my heart and put exactly the right people, circumstances, speakers for me to learn the principles He had for me to learn.

These words by Nancy Leigh DeMoss offered encouragement to me.     “I don’t know what “early” means for you, but I’ll tell you what it means for me.

I work out of my home, and for me early means the time before the phone starts ringing. If I haven’t met with God by that time, it becomes almost impossible for me to find a quiet time, a quiet place, or a quiet heart for the rest of the day. After that point, I’ve lost the most precious time of the day and my quiet time will generally be fragmented at best.

At what point in your day do the distractions and pressures start rushing in? Would you take some time tomorrow and meet with God in prayer and in His Word before you get too busy?”

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Various psalmists wrote about seeking God in the morning.  Read the following passages and describe the psalmists’s feeling about seeking the Lord.

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This lesson based on a study by Marsha Hubler. Draw Me Closer, Lord. Regular Baptist Press; 2003

Every experience God gives us,

Every person He puts in our lives,

Is the perfect preparation,

For the future that

Only He can see.

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August 1, 2010

Lesson 4: “I can’t find the time!”

Imagine that you had won the following prize in a contest:
Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400.00 in  your private account for your use.

However, this prize has rules, just as any game has certain rules.  The first set of rules would be:
Everything that you didn’t spend during each day   would be taken away from you.

You may not simply transfer money into some other account.    You may only spend it.Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another  $86,400.00 for that day.

The second set of rules:
The bank can end the game without warning; at any   time it can say, Its over, the game is over!  It can close the account and you will not receive a new one.
What would you personally do?   You would buy anything and everything you wanted, right?  Not only for yourself, but for all people you love, right?  Even for people you don’t know, because you couldn’t possibly spend it all  on yourself, right?  You would try to spend every cent, and use it all, right?

ACTUALLY, this GAME is REALITY!
Each of us is in possession of such a magical bank.  We just  can’t seem to see it.

The MAGICAL BANK is TIME!  Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds as a gift   of life, and when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time   is NOT credited to us.    What we haven’t lived up that day is forever lost.  Yesterday is forever gone.    Each morning the account is refilled, but your account can be  dissolved at any time….WITHOUT WARNING.

SO, what will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds?   Aren’t they worth so much more than the same amount   in dollars? Think about that.

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How often do you say words like: “If only I had the time I would______.”   “I can’t because I don’t have time.”  “I never have time to_______.”   The truth is that when Christian women take their walk with Christ seriously , they will make time for things that will benefit them physically, mentally, and above all, spiritually.

  1. Read the following verses and note what the Holy Spirit provides for us.

Setting aside time in busy schedules to be alone  before the Lord is a deliberate sacrificial act that is completely foreign to our strong wills.  . . . .  When we commune with God, things change!  We change!  When we choose to ‘set aside’ our time of fellowship with the Lord, are we actually setting aside the things given by the Holy Spirit?

E.M. Bounds said “When we acquire the habit of prayer we enter into a new atmosphere.  “Do you expect to go to heaven?”  asked someone of a devout Scotsman.  “Why, man, I live there,”  was the quaint and unexpected reply.  It was a pithy statement of a great truth, for all the way to heaven is begun to the Christian who walks near enough to god to hear the secrets he has to impart. “

We are each given the same number of minutes in each day and yet some have time to linger in God’s Word regularly while some struggle to even open the cover.  Why?  We must evaluate what things are using up our minutes and are those activities in line with what Scripture says we should do?

God has commanded that we should spend time in prayer and learning His Word.   He does not command something that was not possible for us to do.   Keep a journal for several days or a week to see if you can recognize places where time is wasted.  You must be brutally honest as you do this—there may be habits that gobble up more time than we realize.  Can you see time that could be spent in fellowship with God?  You may need to begin small—5 minutes.  But  you will soon find that if you ask God for the time, He will show you places to find it.  You will also find that as you ‘make time’ for fellowship with God, many He will ‘add time’ to your day.

I can’t tell you how or why but it is possible with God.

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This lesson based on a study by Marsha Hubler. Draw Me Closer, Lord. Regular Baptist Press; 2003

Every experience God gives us,

Every person He puts in our lives,

Is the perfect preparation,

For the future that

Only He can see.

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July 18, 2010

Lesson 3:Our Example in Prayer (conclusion)

Other Examples

The Bible contains many examples of men and women who prayed and received God’s answers.  Read each of the following passages.  Note who prayed, what the request was, and how God answered.

15.  Genesis 21:9-12; Genesis 33:1-4 Jacob asked God to spare his life at the hands of his brother Esau, who had hated him when Jacob had stolen the Birthright.  God did deliver Jacob; in fact, Esau greeted him with open arms.

16.Numbers 11:1,2 Moses prayed that God would spare some of the disobedient children of Israel in the wilderness.  God quenched the fire and spared their lives.

17.  I Samuel 1:5,10,19,20. Hannah was barren and prayed for a child.  God gave her a son, whom she named Samuel.

18. I Kings 17:20-22. Elijah prayed that the widow’s son would live.  God brought the child to life again.

19. Jonah 2:1,10 Jonah prayed from the belly of the fish.  God had the fish vomit Jonah out onto dry land.

20. Luke 18:10-14 The publican prayed for forgiveness and mercy.  He received forgiveness from the Lord.

21. Acts 9:36,37,40.  Peter prayed for power to raise the dead.  God raised Tabitha, using Peter as his instrument.

22. Acts 16:19,23,25,40. Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises to God.  God filled them with joy despite their circumstances and later released them from prison.

Every experience God gives us,

Every person He puts in our lives,

Is the perfect preparation,

For the future that

Only He can see.

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July 11, 2010

Lesson 3: Our example in prayer. continued

Times Jesus Prayed

2. Jesus prayed at the start of His earthly ministry.  Read Luke 3:21,22; describe the scene. Jesus began His public ministry with His baptism.  At this event, he prayed.

3. Jesus prayed before He performed miracles.  Read John 11:41-44.  What did Jesus pray, and what miracle did He perform? He thanked God for Hearing Him before he raised Lazarus from the dead.  Jesus prayed in the presence of many unbelievers that they see the miracle and know it was God that preformed it.

4. Jesus prayed about the physical and spiritual needs of others.  Read each passage and indicate the person or persons for whom Jesus prayed.

a. Matthew 19:13-15 He prayed for little children.

b. Luke 22:31,32 Jesus prayed for Peter that his faith would not fail.

C. John 14:16 Jesus prayed that his father would send the Holy Spirit to minister to His disciples when He left the earth.

5. Jesus prayed before eating.  Note the event in each of the following passages.

a. Matthew 15:36 Before Jesus fed 4,000 people, He thanked God for the food.

B.John 6:11,23 He prayed before the feeding of the 5,000.

C.  Mark 14:22,23 He thanked God for the bread & juice when He instituted the Lord’s Supper.

6. Jesus prayed at different times of the day and for a variety of reasons.  Read each passage and stated the time of day, if given and the incident for which Jesus may  have been praying.

a.Mark 1:35-45In the dark hours preceding daylight, Jesus prayed for strength to preach in the synagogues throughout Galilee and to heal the sick.

B. Luke 6:12,13 He prayed all night before choosing the disciples.

C. Luke 10:1,21 The time of day is not clear;  Jesus thanked God that common people were receiving God’s truth.

D.  Matthew 14:19-25. Jesus prayed in the evening .  He may have thanked God for the miracle or prayed about the next miracle.  His prayer could have been for strength for the next day and for the multitudes to whom He ministered daily.

e. Matthew 26:36, 38, 42 He prayed at night for God’s will concerning the Crucifixion.

The significance of Jesus’ prayer life is so profound that John recorded one of Jesus’ intercessory prayers in it’s entirety.  How rich the Word of God is!  Right in our hands we have one of Jesus’ private moments with His Heavenly Father on the night He was betrayed.

7. Read John 17.  To what specific event do verses 1-5 refer? Crucifixion of Jesus

8. For what group of people did Jesus specifically pray in verses 6-19. The eleven disciples.  He did not pray for Judas, the son of perdition.

9.  Jesus did not pray for the families of His followers or for their wealth or health.  He knew the trials and tribulations that lay before them.  Therefore, what characteristic did He pray for them to  develop (v. 13)? He prayed that the disciples would have his joy fulfilled in them.

10.  Jesus mentioned ‘thy word” and “the truth” (v. 14-19.)  From whom or from what would God’s Word keep the disciples/ The Word protects Christ’s disciples from the world system and the sin & destruction that accompanies it.

John 17:20-26 records jesus’ prayer for His followers who would not even be born until long after the Resurrection.  Just think of that!  Jesus prayed for us before His crucifixion!

11.  List the specific requests Jesus made on our behalf.

a.verses 21,22. Jesus prayed for unity of believers with each other and with the Trinity.

b.verse 23 Jesus prayed for believers to be perfect or mature and to experience the love the Father offers to all as He loves His son.

c. verse 24 Jesus prayed that all believers to be with Him in Heaven.

d. verses 25,26 Jesus prayed that God’s love will be in all believers.

As the Son of God hung on the cross and died for the sins of the whole world, His thoughts centered on others, even those who had despised Him and had condemned Him to death.  Some of His last words were prayers.

12.Read Luke 23:34.  What did Jesus pray  concerning those who crucified Him? He prayed that God would forgive them.

13.  Read Luke 23:46.  What was Jesus’ last prayer? He committed His spirit to the Father.

14. Jesus is now in Heaven with God the Father.  What is Jesus doing?  Read Hebrews 7:25. Jesus is praying for us.

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June 27, 2010

Lesson 2:Final Review; Lesson 3: Our Example in Prayer.

Review Reasons to pray

Reason 1:God hears the sinner’s prayer. Troubles;Sin

Reason 2:  We are commanded to pray; prayerlessness is a sin. God said to ALWAYS pray.  Pray for others; continuing in prayer, Pray without ceasing.

Reason 3:  Battle with the enemy; Satan wants to destroy/devour.

Reason 4: Prayer restores a backslider.  Failures

Reason 5: Prayer strengthens Christians. Prepares you for battle; builds you up.

Reason 6: Prayer is related to missions.  Clear direction

Reason 7:  Prayer accomplishes much. Intercessory prayer.

Reason 8:  Prayer glorifies God’s name.Worship God.

Reason 9 : Prayer accomplishes the impossible.  For specific things needed at the time.  For God to work in the hearts of men.

Reason 10:  Prayer gives us good things. Daily bread.

Reason 11:  Prayer imparts wisdom.  Wisdom.

Reason 12: Prayer gives peace to a troubled soul. Requests made known to God.

Reason 13:  Prayer keeps us from sin.  That we won’t sin; to be kept from sin.

Reason 14:  Prayer can lead to revival.  Revival.

Which means the most to you?  Why?

Review Hindrances to Prayer

Which causes you the greatest difficulty?  Why?

Lesson 3 Our Example in Prayer:

23And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.   Matthew 14:23

Read the following verses and summarize in your own word what Jesus taught about prayer.

a.Matthew 5:44 Our enemies.  Pray for those that make life hard for you.

b.  Matthew 6:5-13  Pray in Secret.  If you do pray in public, pray earnestly and not hypocritically as the Pharisees did, just to be recognized by men.  The Lord’s prayer is a model of how to pray, not a prayer to be recited in vain repetitions.  The prayer consists of all the important facets of God-centered prayer:  Thanksgiving and praise, confessions of sin and repetence,  request for personal, sustenance, prayer for others and worship.  It’s between you and God, not you and. . .  Tell God your heart not just repeat what you have heard others say.

c.   Matthew 9:38 Pray for workers (missionaries, pastors, teachers) to serve the Lord.    Pray for people to desire to be used of God and to tell others to be saved.Pray for people to desire to be used fo God to tell others to be saved.

d.  Matthew 21:22  God answers prayer when we petition Him with believing hearts.   Believe God will and can give you all the things you ask for.

e.  Mark 14:38 Our flesh is weak.  We need strength from our prayer time each day to keep us from sin. Pray that you won’t  enter into temptation.  Spirit willing—flesh weak.

f.  Luke 11:9 If we continue to pray earnestly, God will answer.  Never Give up.  He is willing to do/give all we need but we must first ask, seek, & knock.

g.  Luke 18:1 We should not lose heart or quit praying.   Always pray.  Don’t give up.  Don’t quit.

h.  John 14:13-15 When we live obedient lives and pray in Jesus’ name, we can be confident of answered prayer. When we pray, ask in Jesus name so God will be glorified.   We must remember this is not a ‘formula’ we use to get what we want from God.  All of the Biblical teaching on prayer must be taken as a whole.

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June 20, 2010

The Importance of Prayer

This was recently given to me and it is a good review of last weeks’ lesson on hindrances to prayer.

Conditions for Effective Prayer: Do you want your prayers answered?  Walk so that your own heart condemns you not.  The obedient child that lives in complacent affections with it’s parent has no fear in coming up to ask for favors.  It knows it will get them.  It’s own heart does not comdemn it.  “Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.”  IJohn 3:21.  I defy any man to separate confidence from obedience.  If you will not be obedient, you cannot have confidence.

I challenge any Christian to tell me  that he can go up to the throne of god in faith for any blessing when his own heart condemns him.  He knows he cannot.  he has first to get that state of condemnation taken away before he can exercise faith for any blessing.  walk in the light, and then you shall have fellowship with Him, and His blood will cleanse you from all sin.  The spirit will teach you how to pray, and what to pray for, which the great mass of professors know nothing about.  –Catherine Booth.

Why, why, is heaven silent still

when I have prayed so long?

Ah!  answerless the silence speaks,

and tells me that the heart that seeks,

the heart, the heart is wrong.

Paget Wilkes

We were reminded that while I cannot look at another believer with long unanswered prayers and declare that her heart is refusing to confess and repent of sin, we are foolish to NOT take the matter of our own unanswered prayer before God and ask Him if there is something in my heart hindering my prayer.

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Matters for Prayer:

Since human nature tends to be self-centered, sometimes our prayers are consumed with me, myself and I.  However, as we mature in our faith and our relationship with the Lord, we will want to pray about the things that matter to God.

  1. Before you look at things for which Scripture teaches us to pray, describe what your prayer list looks like at this time.  Salvation of loves ones; my health; wisdom for Steve; Salvation of friends loved ones. (Eric, Patrick); Wisdom for teaching and projects.
  2. Look up the following verses, and list the things for which God has told us to pray.

“When we pray, we are saying by our action of praying that we are dependent on God, that we need His help.  . . . . Prayer is power—power to change us and then, power to effect change through us. . .The good news is that when we seek Him in Jesus Christ, we’ll find Him and we’ll experience the fullness of life that only He can give.”Norman Nelson.

I got up early one morning

And rushed right into the day;

I had so much to accomplish;

That I didn’t have time to pray.

Problems just tumbled about me

And heavier came each task;

“Why doesn’t God help me?” I wondered.

He said, “But you didn’t ask.”

I wanted to see the beauty,

But the day toiled on, gray and bleak;

I wondered why God didn’t show me.

He said, “But you didn’t seek.”

I tried to come into God’s presence;

I used all my keys at the lock.

God gently and lovingly chided,

“My child, you didn’t knock.”

I woke up early this morning

And paused before entering the day.

I had so much to accomplish

That I had to take time to pray.

Author Unknown.

Put TRUTH into PRACTICE.

  1. Review the reasons to pray.  Which ones mean the most to you?  Why?
  2. Review the hindrances to prayer.  Which ones cause you the most difficulty?  Ask God to help you gain victory over these obstacles.
  3. Make a prayer list you can use every time you pray.  Does your list include things God wants us to pray for?

Every experience God gives us,

Every person He puts in our lives,

Is the perfect preparation,

For the future that

Only He can see.

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