HOW TO PRAY

 

PURPOSE

 

This lesson will explore a few biblical principles on how to pray properly.  Since prayer is a vital part of the Christian life, we need to understand the correct way to pray.

 

OPENER

 

What does the word "prayer" mean?

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LESSON

 

1.      TO PRAY PROPERLY, WE SHOULD ADDRESS OUR PRAYERS TO GOD THE FATHER.

 

In (Matthew 6:9), how does Jesus begin His prayer?

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Why is it important to address our prayers to God the Father?

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2.      TO PRAY PROPERLY, WE SHOULD RELY UPON THE HOLY SPIRIT TO HELP US WITH OUR PRAYERS.

 

What are we commanded to do in (Jude 20; Ephesians 6:18)?

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Read (Romans 8:26-27).

 

The Holy Spirit helps us in prayer because we have a weakness.  What is our weakness?

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Describe a time when you were frustrated with not knowing what to pray for.

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3.      TO PRAY PROPERLY, WE MUST PRAY WITH CONFIDENCE.

 

When praying, we can have confidence that God hears our prayers if we pray according to what (1 John 5:13-15)?

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What are some things that we can pray for that are not part of God's will?

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What are some things that we can pray for that are part of God's will?

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4.      TO PRAY PROPERLY, WE SHOULD PRAY WITH PERSEVERANCE.

 

In the Parable of the Persistent Widow (Luke 18:1-8), why does the judge finally grant the widow's request?

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5.      TO PRAY PROPERLY, WE SHOULD PRAY WITH FAITH.

 

Read (Mark 11:24; Matthew 21:21-22).  When we pray with faith, what is promised in these verses?

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Tell us of a time when God answered your faith driven prayer. 

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6.      TO PRAY PROPERLY, WE SHOULD CLOSE OUR PRAYERS IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST.

 

What new promise regarding prayer does Jesus give His disciples (John 16:23-24)?

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CONCLUSION:

 

1.      Prayer is a great blessing that we have as Christians.  We are able to approach the Creator of the world and ask for His assistance. 

 

2.      It is important that we learn how to pray properly.

 

3.      To pray properly, we should

 

a.      Address our prayers to God the Father.

 

b.      Rely upon the Holy Spirit to help us with our prayers.

 

c.      Pray with confidence.

 

d.      Pray with perseverance.

 

e.      Pray with faith

 

f.        Close our prayers in the name of Jesus Christ.

 

4.      I hope your prayer life is wonderful and is a source of great blessings. 

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