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Lesson 3: Understanding Prayer

Every new born believer needs assurance of salvation and baptism. That was Lesson 1 and 2. Just as a newborn baby needs to breathe, a new “born again” believer needs to breathe (John 3:3). This lesson on prayer will teach you how to breathe in your new spiritual life. Praying is talking with God. When you pray, you should be frank and sincere, the same way the Bible tells us that Jesus talked with God and taught His disciples.

How Often Should We Pray?

“…that men_____________ ought to pray…” (Luke 18:1)
“praying _____________ with all prayer…” (Ephesians 6:18)

We Need to Seek God’s Leading:

“casting all your ______ upon Him, for He_______ for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
“‘______ to Me, and I will ________ you, and show you ________and ____________________, which you do not know.’” (Jeremiah 33:3)

Approaching God’s Throne:

“Let us therefore come _________to the throne of grace, that we may obtain ________ and find ________ to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)

What things do we need to pray for? (Matthew 6:9-15)
What should we ask the Father to show us? (John 5:17, 19-20)

Be anxious for nothing, but in ______________ by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your ___________ be made known to God; and the __________of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

What is the most important thing to ask for? (Luke 11:11-13)

The Content of Prayer:

Match thee Scriptures to the statements below:
1 John 1:9; Philippians 4:6-7; Psalm 135:3; 1 Thessalonians 5:18; 1 Timothy 2:1

  • Praise: Praise God’s nature.
  • Thanksgiving: Thank God for His grace.
  • Ask: Ask God to meet your own needs.
  • Intercession: Prayer for others.
  • Confession: Confess your sins to God.

New Attitudes Resulting from Prayer:

  • Have faith: “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.” (James 1:6)
  • Have the right motivation: “You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend [it] on your pleasures.” (James 4:2-3)
  • Confess our sins: “If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear.” (Psalm 66:18)
  • Ask according to His will: “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” (1 John 5:14)
  • Don’t lose heart when you pray: “…that men always ought to pray and not lose heart,” (Luke 18:1)

Hints for Effective Prayer:

  1. Pray at any time of the day and at any place. There is no limit on the time and place of prayer. We can also pray silently at any time and in any situation and He will hear us (Nehemiah 2:1-6; 1 Samuel 1:12-13a).
  2. Prayer has many parts: praise, thanksgiving, requests, intercession, and confession. We should not neglect any of them.
  3. Pray with understanding and in the Spirit (1 Corinthians 14:14-15).
  4. Pray to the Father as Jesus instructed the disciples in Matthew 6:9-15 and modeled throughout the gospels. In John 16:23 Jesus says not to pray to Him but to pray to the Father in His name.
  5. Pray in Jesus name (John 14:13). We can only come to God through Jesus (John 14:6).
  6. Ending our prayer by saying “Amen” means praying with one’s true heart and agreeing with what has been said (1 Chronicles 16:36).