In this study, we will see the importance of prayer and the pattern that Jesus gives when we pray. Prayer is a relationship of coming to God and sharing our heart with Him, and listening to Him as well.
I. The Command to Pray
- What do the following passages indicate regarding prayer?
- 1 Thessalonians 5:17
- 1 Timothy 2:8
- Colossians 4:2
- Acts 2:42
- What are the two aspects of prayer?
II. Jesus’ Teaching on Prayer – Matthew 6:5-9
- Read the first word of v. 5, 6, 7. What is the implication?
- How would you describe the difference between the prayers in v. 6 and 7?
- What are some reasons people feel uncomfortable or embarrassed about praying out loud around other people?
- How are we instructed NOT to pray? (v. 5,7)
- What does the how (NIV), after this manner (KJV), or in this way (NASB) of v. 9 imply?
III. The Pattern of Prayer – Matthew 6:9-13
- What two things are emphasized about God in v. 9? (c.v.,Romans 8:15)
- If v. 10 is prayed from a sincere heart, what does that mean about the one praying?
- Why doesn’t v. 11 say give us…our monthly, or annual, etc. bread?
- According to v. 12 what is the two-fold request presented? Do you think this is there for the benefit of Jesus, or for His disciples?
IV. Some Biblical Examples of things to pray for:
- Matthew 26:41
- Luke 6:28
- Luke 22:32
- Ephesians 1:18
- Philippians 1:9
- Colossians 1:9
- 2 Thessalonians 3:1
- Hebrews 13:18
- James 5:16
- 3 John 1:2
V. Conclusion / Personal Challenge
Using the “A-C-T-S” way to pray. This is a helpful way to direct your communication to God in prayer. Remember, prayer is not just a shopping list to God of what we’d like, it’s the expression of a real and love relationship with our Father through Jesus Christ.
A – Adoration (Psalms 34:1)
C – Confession (1 John 1:9)
T – Thanksgiving (Philipians 4:6)
S – Supplication (Philipians 4:6)
Don’t forget to listen for the direction of the Holy Spirit as you spend time in prayer. Don’t just talk. Look for Him to also put in your heart specific scripture He wants to bring to your attention, people that you are to pray for and / or reach out to, and various tasks he puts on your heart to do. As you receive direction from Him, make sure it’s Biblical [He won’t lead you contrary to the Word], and obey Him.