Jesus & PrayerJesus, our Example and Friend, prayed and taught His disciples to pray. As you learn more about Jesus and prayer keep one thing in mind--He was perfect and He felt the need to pray! What does this say about our needs?
1. When did Jesus pray?
Jesus prayed before He entered into important events (choosing the disciples, raising Lazarus, crucifixion, etc.), after great successes (baptism, feeding 5,000, etc.), and regularly in between. Prayer was an important part of Jesus' life--He even prayed for you! (John 17:20).
2. What did Jesus have to say about prayer?
Philippians 4:6-7 gives some practical council regarding prayer. (You might want to read it in several translations.)
3. According to this passage, what should you talk to God about?
4. According to this passage is prayer a "last-ditch" effort or a place to begin? Explain.
5. What promise does Jesus make to you through this passage?
Since the basis of Christianity is friendship with Jesus, prayer is communicating with God as we would with a friend. Share with Jesus your wants, your joys, your sorrows, your cares, and your fears. (Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.-- 1 Peter 5:7).
Ephesians 6:10-18 describes the Christian life in terms of warfare.
6. What commands are given in this passage?
7. As Christians, who do we struggle against? Are you stronger than that power?
8. After we are all suited up in our "spiritual armor" what is the battle plan? (vs. 18)
Prayer is so important that it is the focus of Satan's attack and needs to be protected by an impressive array of "spiritual armor." Our success in developing and maintaining a relationship with Jesus depends largely on prayer. Prayer is keeping in touch with our Friend. Prayer is connecting with the Source of every good gift. Prayer is spiritual warfare against the supernatural powers of evil. Our battle plan is prayer!
9. There are many passages and promises related to prayer in the Bible. This shows how much God wants to communicate with us! What promises are contained in the following verses?
9. How can you put 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 into practice?
WE PROMISE: We will NOT visit, phone, mail, or otherwise harass you. YOU will initiate
Lesson 4 - Questions