THE BENEFITS OF PRAYER

 

PURPOSE

 

In this study, we will explore the wonderful benefits of prayer. 

 

OPENER

 

What one prayer are you most thankful that God has answered?

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LESSON

 

HERE ARE SEVERAL BENEFITS THAT WE ENJOY THROUGH PRAYER.

 

1.      FIRST, PRAYER BRINGS PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL HEALING.

 

In (James 5:14-16), James teaches on the benefits of prayer.  In these verses, James mentions two types of people who receive healing.  Name these people.

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The story of King David provides an excellent example of how prayer can bring both physical and spiritual healing.  How did David feel after he committed adultery with Bathsheba and had her husband killed in battle (Psalm 32:3-4)?

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According to (Psalm 32:5), how did David feel after he confessed his sin to God in prayer?

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Another example of how prayer can bring physical healing is found in (Isaiah 38:1-6).  One of the good kings of Judah, King Hezekiah, became extremely ill and was about to die.  Once he found out about this, he immediately prayed to God for His assistance.  What did God do for Hezekiah?

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How did God heal Hezekiah (Isaiah 38:21)?

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Tell us of a time when you received physical or spiritual healing.

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2.      SECOND, PRAYER HELPS US OVERCOME TEMPTATION.

 

While Jesus was awaiting His arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane, He asked His disciples to keep watch for His Betrayers.  However, His disciples kept falling asleep.  So Jesus in (Matthew 26:41), told His disciples to watch and pray in order to avoid temptation.  Why do you think prayer helps in overcoming temptation?

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Describe a situation when prayer helped you overcome temptation.

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3.      THIRD, LIST SOME MORE BENEFITS THAT WE ENJOY THROUGH PRAYER.

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CONCLUSION:

 

1.      There are many benefits that we enjoy through prayer.

 

a.      Prayer brings physical and spiritual healing.

 

b.      Prayer helps us overcome temptation.

 

2.      Let us thank God for the wonderful blessings we receive through prayer. 

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