Come Back to Prayer Part 2

Come Back to Prayer Part 2

When were our lives last affected by a truth that we heard?

1. What is your definition of prayer?

2. What is the primary reason we should pray?

To build and maintain a dynamic love relationship with God

3. List some parts of prayer: praise, thanksgiving, confession, intercession, listening

Philippians 4:6 NKJV
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

4. It is true that we can pray anywhere. However, where is the
one place Jesus told us to pray?

Matthew 6:6 NKJV
6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

5. If God told you He would give you anything you asked for,
what would you ask for?

I Kings 3:9-10 NKJV
9 Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” 10 The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.

Do our prayers please the Lord?

6. Jesus said something 16 times in scripture—what was it?

“He who has ears to hear, let him hear”

7. Jesus said that there is one thing we cannot do without.
What is it?

Luke 10:41-42 NKJV
41 And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

Luke 10:39 NKJV
39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word.

Acts 2:42 NKJV
42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.

v. 42: Godly discipline – big difference between “occasionally”
and “steadfastly”
v. 43: results – many signs and wonders

3 possible conditions of hearts that possibly keep us from
hearing from God:

1. A divided heart

Matthew 6:24
24 …You cannot serve God and mammon.

James 1:7-8
7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from
the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
Double-minded: we want God, yet want the world.

2. A dirty or damaged heart

James 4:8
8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

1 Timothy 1:5
5 Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure
heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith,

3. A hard heart

Luke 8:21 (NIV)
21 He replied, “My mother and brothers are those who hear
God’s word and put it into practice.”


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