Text: 1Tim.2: 1-4, 8
Memory Verse: "I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing." 1 Tim.2:8.
Most a times when we mention prayer, people’s minds go to the stereotyped ways we have developed over time and the rituals we engage ourselves in, in our denominations. Actually, prayer is an expression of our relationship with God which includes calling upon Him, intercession, confession and thanksgiving. Because it is born out of relationship, there is no particular posture or mode that is holier than the other. Prayer can be made anywhere and anytime. The aim of this study is to encourage us to pray because God still answers prayer.
- What is prayer?
- What promises do we have from these passages concerning our prayers? Jer.33:2,3; Mat.7:7-11; John 14:13-14; Rom.10:13.
- How can these affect our prayers as individuals, families and a church? Love/Hatred, Unity/Division/Strife, Forgiveness/Un-forgiveness, Compassion/Indifference/Self-centeredness? Mat.18:18-19; 1Pet.3:7, Jas.4:2-3; Mat.5:7; 6:14-15; 1 Tim.2:8.
- When prayers are delayed, what should be our attitude? Hab.3: 17-19; Lk.18: 1,7-8.
- Read Acts 14: 3-5. What can we learn as a church from this passage?
ConclusionGod still answers prayers. His promises still hold true today. He is committedly involved in the things that concern you. He rules in the affairs of men. Call upon Him, keep calling upon Him and He will answer you.