Lesson 2

BASICS OF PRAYER

Most of us do not have the kind of prayer life we should have; most people give up on prayer either because they do not understand the significance of prayer, or they do not know how to pray. On the other hand, we may know about prayer, but our understanding and practices are not yet aligned to Christ as the Lord. Others may have prayer lives but they are not having effectual prayers, because they focus only on themselves-interests or personal agenda.

One might presume that a Christian in a church setting automatically knows why and how to pray, but few have been taught about the power, relevance, and importance of prayer. Therefore, presumptions persist and perhaps even prayers made become modeled after someone else, not from what God has communicated to us in His Word.

DISCUSSIONS:

  1. What is the purpose of our Prayers?
  2. Matthew 6: 9-13; Psalm 91: 1; John 17:20-23 and Matthew 26:41; Phillipians.4:6; Psalm79:9; James 5:13-16; Matthew.26:41
  • Who is the Focus of our Prayers? /What should be the focus of our prayers?
  • (Who)Psalm 84: 1-2; Matt. 6:9; Luke 11:2, Psalm.25:1-5
  • (What)Ephesians 6:18-20; Matthew. 6:10-13; Psalm 73: 26; Psalm 103:3-5

3 What evidences show that we truly understand the power and significance of prayer?

  • (Power) Acts.12:1-9; Exodus 32:11-14; Isaiah 38:1-5
  • (Significance) Jesus alone Luke 5:16; Luke 6:12 (With Others) Luke 9:28.

(Everyone)James 5:13-16; Psalm 32:6;1 Peter 5:7.

 4.What things or situations get in the way of prayer becoming/remaining crucial in our lives?

  • Proverbs 28:9;Psalm 66:18; James 4:2-3; James 1:6-8.

5. Why do God’s people so often ignore the call to pray?

Luke 18:1;Hebrews 11:6;  Galatians 5:17;Revelation 2:4;Matthew 19:20-22;1 John 5:21; Matthew 6:33-34

6.What does it mean to misuse Prayer? How and when do we misuse prayer?

  • Luke 18:9-14;James2:14-17

6. How do we receive help to institute entreaty (deep prayer) with God, our priority?What will it take to become more of a person who has “heartfelt prayer” at my core; what will it take for me to be a “prayer warrior?

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7. How do we grow consistently in developing our prayer lives?

  • Matthew.17:19-21;Mark 10:46-52;1 Thessalonians 5:17;Luke 5:16;

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PERSONAL REFLECTIONS AND PRAYERS:

  • How is your prayer life?  Is prayer your first response to all situations, needs and challenges in your life?  If not, have you examined why not?
  • Have you ever thought through on the reason(s) why you do not spend more time with God?
  • What aspects of your time and commitments hold you back from prayer?

Courtesy:
Ilorin House Fellowship, Ilorin, NIGERIA

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