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Lesson 3: Understanding Prayer

Every newborn believer needs assurance of salvation and baptism. That was Lesson 1 and 2. When a new “born again” believer begins their new life; they need to breathe. (John 3:1-21) 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?

“Now He was telling them a parable to show that at _________they ought to pray and not to lose heart” (Luke 18:1).
With all prayer and petition pray at _______in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,” (Ephesians 6:18).

We need to seek God’s leading:

“Casting all your _______ on him because ____________” (1 Peter 5:7).
‘______to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you______________, which you_________.’” (Jeremiah 33:3).

Receive mercy and find grace in your time of need:

How should we approach God’s throne of grace? (Hebrews 4:16)
What will we receive and find?
What things do we need to pray for? (Matthew 6:9-15)
What should we ask the Father to show us? (John 5:17-20)

“Be anxious for nothing, but in __________by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your _______ be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7).

What was the powerful gift the Father promised to give us if we ask? (Acts 2:1-8)

Three Answers to Prayer:

Yes: Green light, you can proceed.
No: Red light, you cannot proceed.
Wait: Yellow light, God does not respond, wait patiently.

The Content of Prayer:

Match these scriptures to the statements below:
1 John 1:9;  1 John 1:9; Philippians 4:6-7;  Psalm 135:3; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; 1 Timothy 2:1

  • Praise: Praise God’s nature.
  • Thanksgiving: Thank God for his grace.
  • Ask: Ask God to meet your own needs.
  • Intercession: Ask God to meet the needs of others.
  • Confession: Confess your sins to God.
New attitudes resulting from prayer:
  • Have faith: “But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.” (James 1:6)
  • Have the right motivation: “…You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.” (James 4:3).
  • Confess our sins: If I regard wickedness in my heart, The Lord will not hear;” (Psalm 66:18).
  • Ask according to His will: “This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” (1 John 5:14).
  • Pray with a faithful heart: “Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart,” (Luke 18:1).
Hints for Effective Prayer:
  • Pray in Jesus’ name (John 14:13). We can only come to God through Jesus. (John 14:6)
  • Ending our prayer by saying “Amen” means praying with one’s true heart and agreeing with what has been said (Matthew 6:18)
  • Prayer has many parts: praise, thanksgiving, requests, intercession, and confession. We should not favor any part and neglect the others.
  • Pray in a natural and understandable way, but also, in the Spirit. (1 Corinthians 14:14-15)
  • 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)