Welcome back to part six of our eight-week Bible study titled New Beginnings. Hope you all are staying warm, drive and safe with all this winter weather we are receiving. This is a course that is taught to new believers but fear not, those that are already believers, it never hurts to have a refresher course.To Hear The Complete Lesson, Click HERE
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Up till now we have learned about creation, sins, accepting Jesus, be sure of your salvation, publicly declaring your faith, sharing the faith and studying your bible. This week we are going to learn how to “Pray”.
Just before we get started however, how many of you started putting time away to spend time with God’s word and how many of you started spending time with God’s word? Great! You are doing something with your training that most don’t do in their entire life. Congratulations!
The best way to get to know someone is to talk with that person often. God longs for you to know Him. The bible is full of invitations to enter a deep, personal relationship with God the Father.
1 Chronicles 28:9 “If you seek him, he will be found by you”
In Jeremiah 24:7, speaking of those who would become followers of Jesus Christ, God says, “I will give them a heart to know me, That I am the Lord.” Conversing with God is prayer. Prayer is a conversation, not a monologue. It includes speaking to Go and hearing from God.
- Jesus Set the Example for Us (read Mark 1:35) What does this passage say about Jesus’ prayer life?
Jesus went out to pray first thing in the morning when he got up.
- Jesus Taught the Necessity of Prayer (read Luke 18:1) What does this passage say about Jesus’ prayer life?
It tells us that we must always pray and not lose courage or be faint-hearted.
- What Did the Disciples Ask Jesus to Teach Them? (read Luke 11:1) The disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray because John had also taught his disciples.
- Why Should we Pray Continually? (read 1 Thessalonians 5:17) We must pray continually because the bible tells us to do so.
The acrostic ACTS will help you to begin developing your prayer life.
A Adoration C Confession T Thanksgiving S Supplication
Adoration is praise focusing on who God is. Look up the following Scriptures. Write in the blanks what the verse says about God.
Psalm 145:3 / Psalm 147:1 / Psalm 147:5
God is the greatest and nobody comes near and deserves our respect and attention. Our God is great with mighty powers and deserves our praise and worship.
Spend time now in praise. Read Psalm 100 or 150 and use it as a prayer beck to God.
Confession is acknowledging your sins before God in order to receive forgiveness. When you received eternal life, a relationship with God was established, which will never be broken, but our daily fellowship with God can be hindered by unconfessed sin. Psalm 66:18 says, “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.”
Therefore, when you sin:
Confess the sin when you realize you’ve committed (John 1:9) Receive His promise of cleansing (1 John1:9) Claim victory over temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13)
Take time now to ask God to reveal any unconfessed sins. Write them down, ask for God’s forgiveness, and claim His promise of forgiveness.
Procrastination, jealousy & anger
Thanksgiving is expressing gratitude to God for specific acts. When does God say we should give thanks (1Thessalonians 5:18)?
List things in the following areas that you can give thanks for; then spend time thanking Him.
Spiritual blessings Continued direction, your love People Bringing my wife into my life, keeping the homeless safe Physical Blessings Family, food, health Material Blessings The provisions you provide, the chance to steward your resources
Supplication is making requests and expressing desires to God. They may take the form of personal petitions or intercessions.
- Petition is asking God for your needs (read John 15:7 & Philippians 4:6-7) List three personal requests, and present them to God in prayer: Provide our ministry with much needed donations, Strength & grace to handle new ministry opportunity, Strength and grace to ward off my anger
- Intercession is praying for the needs of others (read Exodus 32:30-34 and Romans 10:1). Write the requests that are found in these verses.
List people you know with specific needs in their lives; pray for them. Laura requests we pray for her as she reapplies for her job that she inherited in September. Vince for the homeless to stay warm and dry, preferably inside during all this cold weather. Stephen for his sons Tom and Betty for their son who has the flu
Prayer is communication with God. It must be learned, and it must be practiced
Without looking back, what are the elements of prayer: A Adoration C Confession T Thanksgiving S Supplication
It is important for you to spend time each day in prayer. When would be the best time for you to pray? I do my prayer in the morning after my bible study or after my bible study if done later in the day. I also pray prior to each meal and during the day when the need arises.