Lesson 5: LEARNING TO TALK
SONS AND HEIRS - IN THE WEALTHIEST FAMILIES IN THE UNIVERSE
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God" (John 1:12). "Heirs....and joint-heirs with Christ" (Romans 8:14; I Peter 1:3,4). What an amazing thing it is that God wants you to come to Him in prayer! He says "Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not" (Jeremiah 33:3). How hard it is to understand that God wants to do this for you. But God loved you so much that He gave you His Son, and with His Son, He has promised to "also freely give us all things" (Romans 8:32).
When God created the universe He made certain natural laws by which the world runs. There are many of them and they cover every phase of activity: the law of gravitation, summer and winter; seed-time and harvest; the fruit tree yielding fruit after its kind; every winged fowl after its kind; whatever a man sows he shall also reap; and the soul that sins shall die.
But God often intervenes and changes things. The question arises, "If God knows all things, why should I pray about anything? He knows my needs better than I do." The answer is that prayer is God's chosen way for your obtaining and His changing things for you.
James 4:2 says: "Ye have not, because ye ask not." And Matthew 7:7,11, "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.. If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?"
We will study the privilege and power of prayer in several different ways:
1. As redeemed sons in the household of God (Galatians 4:4-7; Ephesians 2:19). You can come to God as your Father and expect Him to hear your requests because now you can come in Jesus' name (John 16:23,24).
2. As communion with Him, that you "may know him"
Philippians 3:10; I John 1:3.
3. As ambassadors for Christ (II Corinthians 5:20). You are laborers in partnership with God.
The privilege of prayer can be compared to a bank account. It is just as though a millionaire had left you a book full of signed checks. Then to make sure they are honored, he goes to the bank and identifies each check as it comes in. God knows all your needs and weaknesses. He would not honor any request that would injure or harm you or disgrace His name.
Jesus has left great and precious promises for you. He has ascended into Heaven and is now at the right hand of God making intercession for you (Hebrews 4:15,16).
PRAYER CAN DO ANYTHING THAT GOD CAN DO
Banks require checks to be filled out in a certain way. God is able to do all things that are true to His nature and character. You cannot expect God to help you do something wrong because He cannot sin, and you could not ask that in the name of Jesus. This is the real test: Will it honor the name of Jesus?
"YE ASK, AND RECEIVE NOT,
Because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts (selfish desires)" (James 4:3). You may have the right attitude, but the scriptural way is still to ask. Money in the bank cannot help unless your checks are cashed, so ask!
PRAYER, RELEASES THE ENERGY OF GOD
FAITH-"And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive" (Matthew 21:22).
FAITH IS EXPECTING GOD TO ACT LIKE GOD
It is taking His promises to Him and expecting Him to answer. "Hear my prayer, O Lord give ear to my supplication; in they faithfulness answer me, and in they righteousness (Psalm 143:1).
ACCORDING TO HIS WILL
God reveals His will in His Word. The more you understand and know His Word the better you will be able to pray (I John 5:14, 15).
Prayer could be defined as talking with God. You could divide it into at least five different parts.
1. Thanksgiving: Your appreciation for what He has done for you.
2. Petition: asking for things.
3. Confession: agreeing or saying the same thing about your sins as the Holy Spirit says, as He points them out to you.
4. Intercession: asking for others.
5. Praise: worship and reverence toward Him.
You have been studying about petitions; now look at the importance of thanksgiving.
The Bible says:
1. "With thanksgiving let your requests be made know unto God (Philippians 4:6).
2. "Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks" (I Thessalonians 5:17,18).
Every time you thank God you remember His goodness and the prayers He has answered for you in the past. This strengthens your faith and gives the assurance that He will also answer your other requests.
It is only common courtesy to thank someone who has helped you. Think how much you owe God! Jesus gave the example of giving thanks before meals (John 6:11). This is something all can and should do.
If you are a parent you have a special responsibility. If you do not have prayer before meals, will you take the following step? Will you begin to give thanks before meals in your home today? __________ .
SUGGESTIONS FOR GOOD PRAYER HABITS
1. Do not constantly repeat the Lord's name.
2. Do not repeat the same old phrases.
3. Do not pray at other.
4. Do not pray to others.
5. Do not pray showy prayers to impress others.
6. Do not mumble or talk too softly in public prayer.
7. Do talk naturally, but reverently.
8. Do be definite; do not wander.
9. Do set aside a certain time for daily private prayer, a "quiet time" with God.
In order to pray effectively as a child of God, promises, and restrictions as revealed in God's a balance in your life between prayer and Bible
you need to learn the privilege Word. It is important that you keep study.
Prayer without Bible study leads to fanaticism. to cold ness.
Bible study without prayer leads
Assignment: Extra Blessings:
Jeremiah 32:27,33:3 Matthew 21:22
John 15:7 I John 5:14,15
1. One of your first prayers should be, "Lord, teach us to pray" (Luke 11:1).
2. Christians can now pray in the name of Jesus (John 16:24). True False
3. As you pray to God, your motive should be to bring glory to yourself (John 14:13). True False
4. Ephesians 2:18 teaches that we normally pray to the Father through _____________ by the __________________________________.
5. Some of the requirements for effective prayer are:
(Matt. 21:22)(a) abide in Christ
I John 5:14,15(b) believe
John 15:7(c) ask according to His will
I John 3:22(d) His Word abide in us
James 4:3(e) not ask selfishly
John 15:7(f) live obediently
6. What sometimes hinders our prayers (Isa. 59:1,2)?
7. If you sin how do you get back on praying ground (Psalm 32:5)?
8. Some of the times you should pray are:
I Thess. 5:17(a) when tempted
Heb. 4:16(b) when afflicted
Matt. 26:41(c) without ceasing
James 5:13(d) evening, morning and noon
Ps. 55:17(e) in times of need
9. Some of the people for whom you should pray are:
Eph. 6:18(a) your enemies
Matt. 5:44(b) all saints (Christians)
James 5:14,16(c) all men, kings, those in authority
I Tim. 2:1,2(d) the sick
I Tim. 2:4(e) the unsaved
10. Some of the things you should pray for are
James 1:5(a) strength
Acts 4:29(b) that the Lord will teach you
Ps. 19:12(c) boldness to witness
Ps. 105:4(d) wisdom
Ps. 119:33(e) cleanse me from secret faults
I Peter 5:7(f) a knowledge of His will for you
Col. 1:9(g) all your cares
11. Prayers were offered from the following physical positions in the Bible:
Mark 11:25(a) on His face
I Kings 19:4(b) sitting
Luke 22:41(c) standing
Matt. 26:39(d) kneeling
12. Part of your prayer life should be what kind of prayer
13. What should we avoid
14. Who helps when you do not know how to express you thoughts or desires to God (Romans 8:26,27)?
15. Have you started a prayer list of unsaved friends?
16. How many chapters have you read in your Bible the past week?
17. Have you memorized:
Jer. 32:27Yes No
Jer. 33:3Yes No
John 15:7Yes No
18. If you want extra blessings learn:
Matt. 21:22Yes No
I John 5:14,15Yes No
Phil. 4:6,7Yes No
Romans 8:32Yes No