1. What is prayer?
Prayer is communicating with God, letting Him know what’s on our mind, how we feel and what we need. The great thing about prayer is that we can pray to God at all times concerning anything. (Philippians 4:6-7- Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank Him for His answers. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus.)
If we want to experience peace that surpasses understanding we can’t be anxious, we need to pray, thank God and trust that He will take care of us. Nobody was allowed to request anything from God, but that didn’t stop Daniel from praying 3 times a day as he usually did. He sought God even when it was forbidden. God sent his angel to protect Daniel in the lion’s den because he prayed and trusted that He would take care of him.
Praying to your father secretly is going to your secret place. Some people go to their room, their prayer closet etc. Even Jesus had a secret place. (Luke 5:16- But He often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer.) The wilderness is a neglected area. Jesus knew the importance of getting quiet before God and praying.
Jesus secluded Himself and prayed all night and then chose His 12 disciples. Prayer is important because we’re talking to God and He lets us know His will for our lives. Jesus didn’t just randomly appoint 12 disciples, He was led by God after a night of sincerely seeking Him in prayer.
Jesus told them to pray so that they wouldn’t give into temptation. He knew what was coming and that the spirit was willing, but their flesh was weak. They all said that they’d die for Jesus, but when He was arrested they all fled. He wanted them to pray so that their spirit would be stronger than their flesh when temptation came. (1 Peter 5:8- Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour) Vigilant means keeping careful watch for possible danger or difficulties. Just like Jesus told the disciples, we need to watch and pray and be sober and vigilant because temptation is unavoidable.
2. How has prayer been effective in your life?
The earnest prayer of a righteous man has great power and produces wonderful results.
1 Kings 17
1 Kings 18
Elijah is one of many people in the Bible who prayed and a miracle happened. We can’t put limitations on prayer, if God can do it for him, He can do it for us. Miracles happen when we pray.
3. What did you get out of tonight’s lesson?