1. Why is prayer so important?
Prayer is important because it takes the things you’re worried about off your mind and focused on what you know God will do to turn your situation around. (Philippians 4:6- Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank Him for His answers.) It's literally making a request you have known to God, telling Him what you need. Sometimes when people pray they get discouraged when they feel like God is taking too long to answer their prayer and they’re not seeing results right away. The problem is they’re not tarrying, which means to linger in expectation. You can’t pray and not expect God to answer you, that defeats the purpose of praying. When we pray we must believe, develop confidence and know that God hears and will answer us. (Mark 11:24-Listen to me! You can pray for anything, and if you believe, you have it; it’s yours!)
Even though Jesus told her that He was here for the Israelites, God’s chosen people she didn’t take no for an answer. She continued to pray and because of her faith her daughter was healed. She made her request known to God and it was granted.
2. What’s 1 recent prayer of yours that God has answered?
I send Bibles out to people in the U.S. who don’t own one and I was getting a lot of requests. I prayed that people would donate Bibles or make a monetary donation and about a week later someone donated $25 to the GITTYS Bible Fund. It’s encouraging to see/hear of people getting their prayers answered because it’s a reminder that if we ask God for something we will be given what we ask for.
Check the video out below) 3. What did you think about that? What stood out to you?
And yet the reason you don’t have what you want is that you don’t ask God for it. (James 4:2) What are you missing out on because you simply haven’t asked God for it? As you seek God His desires become your desires and the things you ask Him for are things He already wants you to have and will give to you if you just ask Him. My mom is constantly reminding me that I have not because I ask not. I saw a tweet the other day that said “How did we get so comfortable with asking God for so little?” and it just reminded me of (Ephesians 3:20- Now glory be to God, who by His mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of—infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes.) God’s plans for us are unimaginable so don’t be afraid to ask Him for anything.
4. When’s the last time you prayed for someone other than yourself?
We need to turn our self-centered prayers to God-centered prayers. Of course there are things you need, but what about others that are in need. We should make it a habit to include other people in our prayers whether it’s a family member, classmate, coworker or even a stranger. (1 Timothy 2:1- I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.)
Sometimes the people you’ll need to intercede for are people who’ve wronged you. Moses could’ve just let Miriam die because of what she said about him, but he chose instead to pray for her. Intercession is the highest expression of love, it’s what Jesus did on the cross when He took our place, He intervened on our behalf. We’ve done Him wrong many times, but He’s in heaven right now interceding for us. (Romans 8:34- Who then will condemn us? Will Christ? No! For he is the one who died for us and came back to life again for us and is sitting at the place of highest honor next to God, pleading for us there in heaven.
We need to be persistent in prayer, don’t pray once and just give up, we need to (P- Pray U- Until S-Something H-Happens)
1 Samuel 1
Hannah was so deep in prayer, pouring her heart out to God that Eli the priest thought she was drunk. Sometimes faith will make you look crazy, but it takes faith to believe God for what you’re praying for.
It’s important for us as believers to have knowledge and good judgment. God lets us know that if we lack wisdom all we need to do is ask and He is ready to give it to us.
What was impossible for man wasn’t impossible for God. Daniel and his companions came in agreement and asked God to tell them the secret so they wouldn’t die with the others and he did. (Matthew 18:19- “I also tell you this—if two of you agree down here on earth concerning anything you ask for, my Father in heaven will do it for you.)
This is just a reminder that prayer changes things and is the most powerful tool that a Christian can have. Tarry on and don’t be discouraged because you’re not seeing results right away. Pray for others just like you pray for yourself.
5. What did you get out of today’s lesson?