Beginning your new life in Prayer


FOLLOW-UP 6

Bible verses from New Living Translation (NLT)

Any fulfilling relationship involves two-way communication. A look at the biographies of people recorded in the Bible clearly shows the importance of communication between God and His people. As long as these individuals listened to God, obeyed Him and prayed, their spiritual lives were radiant. When these same people, however, failed to hear and obey God and talk with Him through prayer, spiritual problems crowded in.

The same thing can happen to us today. God communicates with us through His Word, the Bible. If we desire a rich and fulfilling Christian life, we also need to learn to talk with God. To pray is simply to converse or talk with Him.

Prayer was an important emphasis in the life of Jesus Christ. His desire to seek His Father’s presence and know His will through prayer is apparent throughout His earthly life. The life of Christ was a living conversation with God the Father; prayer was the backbone of Christ’s life and ministry. To become like Christ, we need to learn to pray.

Prayer should include the following elements: (ACTS)

Adoration (Praise & Worship) Confession Thanksgiving Specific Requests.

PRAISE AND WORSHIP GOD

1) In Psalm 95:6 we are told to:

6 Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the LORD our maker,

2) According to Ps 95:7, why should we worship God?

7 for he is our God. We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care. If only you would listen to his voice today!

3) According to Ps 135:3 why should we praise God?

3 Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; celebrate his lovely name with music.

God is worthy of our worship and praise. As His children, we should praise Him for His love, mercy, patience, holiness and power.

4) Read 1 Chronicles 29:11-12. What does this passage tell us about God’s character?

11 Yours, O LORD, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O LORD, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things. 12 Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength.

Praise & Worship God through prayer

Take a few minutes to worship and praise God right now. Tell Him how much you appreciate Him and why.

Considering the character of God described in Chronicles 29:11-1 2, tell God your thoughts about Him.

11 Yours, O LORD, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O LORD, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things. 12 Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength.

If you are studying this booklet with a friend, pray together. Take turns talking aloud to God.

CONFESS YOUR SINS

1) According to Psalm 66:18, what happens when we pray and when there is UN-confessed sin in our lives?

18 If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.

2) According to 1 John 1:9, what does God say He will do when we confess our sins?

“9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”

Are you aware of anything in your life that is not pleasing God? If so, confess your sin:

Agree with God that what He has revealed to you as sin, is sin. Thank God for His forgiveness on the basis of what Christ has done on the cross. Repent - change your attitude and action.

Confess your sins through prayer

  • Take a few minutes and ask God to show you what is not pleasing to Him.
  • Privately list these on a separate sheet of paper.
  • Now pray and confess these sins.
  • Claim the promise of 1 John 1:9 and write this verse across your sheet. 9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.
  • Then destroy your list.

THANK GOD IN EVERYTHING

1) Read Psalm 106:1. According to this verse, what should we do?

1 Praise the LORD! Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.

2) Read 1 Thessalonians 5:18. According to this verse, for what should we thank God?

18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

3) Read Romans 8:28. According to this verse, why can we thank God for everything?

28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Thank God in Everything Through Prayer

Take a few minutes and in the space below list various things that God has done in your life for which you wish to thank Him. Now list any unpleasant experiences and difficult areas in your life for which you have not thanked God. Now thank God for these things!

SPECIFIC REQUESTS

1) According to James 4:2b, why are the needs of some Christians not met?

2 You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it.

2) According to Matthew 7:7, what does Jesus say will happen when we tell God our needs?

7 “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.

3) According to 1 Timothy 2:1, for whom should we pray?

1 I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.

PRAY FOR SPECIFIC THINGS

Take a few minutes and list your specific needs and requests. Write them down on a separate piece of paper or in the last part of your Bible study notebook. Then write the date they are answered. When your requests to God are specific, you will know when He has answered them. Thank God when He does.

PRAY REGULARLY

Prayer can become enjoyable when you write your requests in your notebook every day. This provides a permanent record of your requests. It is also exciting to review your requests periodically and see the many ways God has answered and actively involved Himself in your life.

SUGGESTED READING

Book of Psalms.

ANSWERS:

Praise & worship God

  1. We are told to worship God, bow down and kneel before Him.
  2. We should worship God because He is our God, and we are His people.
  3. We should praise God because He is good, and it is also pleasing to Him.
  4. Greatness, power, glory, victory and majesty, all belong to God. Confess Your Sins
  5. God will not hear our prayers if there is UN-confessed sin in our lives.
  6. When we confess our sins, God will forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Thank God in Everything
  7. We should thank God.
  8. We should thank God for everything.
  9. We should thank God for everything because He causes all things to work together for our good. Specific Requests
  10. The needs of some Christians are not met because they do not ask God to meet them.
  11. God will answer us when we tell Him our needs.
  12. We should pray for other people.

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