Lesson 7. Prayer: Communion With God

What was Jesus’ example of prayer?  See Matthew 14:23, Mark 1:35, Luke 5:16, 6:12, Hebrews 5:7.

What two significant events happened while Jesus was praying?  See Luke 3:21-22, 9:28-29.

What was the early Church’s example of prayer?  See Acts 1:14, 2:42, 6:4.

What significant event of central importance to the spread of the gospel does Scripture record as happening while people were praying? See Acts 10:1-20,30-32.

Is it possible that we fail to experience significant spiritual events and the power of God because we fail to pray? See James 4:2.

What did Jesus teach about prayer?  Matthew 6:5-6: We should not pray __ __ ______ by men, but we should pray __ ________.

Matthew 6:7: We should not pray using ______ ___________, supposing we shall be heard for our ______ _______.  See also Ecclesiastes 5:2.

How should we pattern our prayers, and what elements should they contain? See Matthew 6:8-13.

Whose name is to be hallowed?  Whose kingdom is to come?  Whose will is to be done?

Is it only for our daily physical bread we should pray?  See Amos 8:11-13.

1 John 1:9 says that if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all our unrighteousness.  Besides confession, what else is necessary on our part in order to receive forgiveness?  See Matthew 6:12,14-15, Mark 11:25.

Why should Matthew 6:13 be an important part of our prayers?  See also Matthew 26:41, Luke 22:40,46, 2 Peter 2:9, Revelation 3:10; cf. 1 Corinthians 10:13, James 1:13-16, Hebrews 4:15-16.

What Christian discipline should often accompany prayer?  See Matthew 6:16-18, Luke 2:37, 5:33-35, Acts 13:2-4, 14:23.

How often shall we pray?  See Ephesians 6:18, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, 1 Timothy 5:5.

For whom shall we pray?  See 1 Timothy 2:1-4, Matthew 5:44.

Are there people for whom God might not have us to  pray?  See Jeremiah 7:16, 14:11-12, 1 John 5:16.

For what sorts of things shall we pray?  See Philippians 4:6; James 5:13-15; Luke 21:36; 2 Thessalonians 1:11; Acts 4:29-31, Ephesians 6:19-20; Ephesians 1:16-19, 3:14-19, Philippians 1:9-11, Colossians 1:9-12.

Why do Christians offer thanks to God for their physical food and pray before eating?  See 1 Timothy 4:4-5.

What is the importance of the Holy Spirit to prayer?  See Romans 8:26-27; cf. Ephesians 6:18.

What was Jesus’ promise concerning our prayers?  See Matthew 7:7-8, 18:19, 21:22.

What is the significance of asking in His name?  See John 14:12-14, 16:23-24.

Are there conditions that must be met in order for our prayers to be answered?  See John 15:7, 1 John 3:21-22, 5:14-15; Mark 11:24, James 1:5-8; James 4:3; see also 1 Corinthians 11:4-5,10,13, 1 Peter 3:7.

When we do not perceive that our prayers are being answered, what must we do?  See Luke 18:1-8.

The prayers of what sort of person does the Lord hear?  See James 5:16, 1 Peter 3:12.

Whose prayers will the Lord not hear?  See Psalm 66:18; Proverbs 15:29, 28:9, Isaiah 1:15, 59:1-2, Micah 3:4, Zechariah 7:13, John 9:31.

What is the one prayer that the Lord will hear from sinners?  See Luke 18:9-14.

Scriptures to Memorize:  “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7).

“And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.  And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.” (1 John 5:14-15).

“If I regard wickedness in my heart, The Lord will not hear.” (Psalm 66:18).

“You do not have because you do not ask.” (James 4:2).

“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16, KJV).

Assignment:  Read 2 Chronicles 6, Ezra 9, Nehemiah 9, Daniel 9, John 17.

For further reading: see The Complete Works of E.M. Bounds on Prayer.

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