More important than any rule or law is our love-relationship with Yahushua (jesus), which is developed through spending time in Scripture study, prayer, and witnessing. When we study Scripture, Elohim (god) speaks to us. When we pray, we speak to Him. And when we witness, we speak to others about Him. In this lesson we will discover the secrets of prayer and how we can enjoy this privilege.
1. Prayer is talking to Elohim (god) from the heart as to a friend. How do we know that Elohim (god) will always answer our prayers in the best way? (Romans 8:32; 1 John 4:10)
The Further study verses are (Psalms 102:17, 147:3-6; Jeremiah 31:3)
2. How should we pray in these solemn times? (1 Peter 4:7, Luke 21:34-36)
3. What did the disciples want Yahushua (jesus) to teach them? (Luke 11:1.)
In response, what did Yahushua (jesus) say should be included in our prayers? (Verses 2-4.)
And finally, what principle did Yahushua (jesus) give for obtaining answers to prayer? (Verses 5-9.)
Note: In verses 2-4, Yahushua (jesus) was not giving a formal prayer to recite, but was answering the disciples’ request, “Teach us to pray.” Here He taught us what type of things to pray about, and how we should persist in prayer. (Matthew 6:9-13, 7:7-11, Luke 18:1-7, 1 Thessalonians 5:17)
4. In (Luke 11:2), above, Yahushua (jesus) taught us to pray to the Father. In Whose Name, or by Whose authority, should we address the Father? (John 15:16)
Note: We pray in Yahushua’s Name because He is our Mediator and Saviour. Through HIS merits we gain access to the very throne of the universe. (John 14:12-15, 16:23, 24, 1 Timothy 2:5)
5. When especially should we pray? (Psalms 5:3, Mark 1:35, Psalm 55:16-17)
6. What kind of prayers should these morning prayers be? (Matthew 6:5-8)
Answer: Personal, private prayers, rather than formal, prayer book style prayers. (Matthew 23:14)
7. Besides our private prayers, is there also a place for public prayer? Matthew 18:19-20, Acts 1:14, 2:1)
8. What attitude toward Elohim should we exhibit in our prayers? (Psalm 95:6-7)
Answer: Reverence, such as is shown by kneeling in awe and humility when possible.
(Isaiah 45:23, Phillipians 2:9-10, Daniel 6:10, 2 Chronicles 6:13, Psalms 141:1-2)
9. On what specific occasions did Yahushua and the apostles pray? (Acts 27:35; Luke 24:30)
Comment: Thus far we have noted four things that will make our prayers effective. We might call these conditions, or principles, of prayer. The four principles we have noted are: Being peristant, praying with Yahushua’s authority, being personal, and having reverence. Now let us look at five more principles of prayer. See if you can remember all nine when we have completed the lesson.
10. What is a fifth condition? (Psalm 37:5)
Answer: We must trust Elohim. (James 1:5-7, Hebrews 11:6, Mark 11:24)
11. What is a sixth condition? (1 John 5:14)
Answer: We must want Elohim’s will to be done. This is a matter of faith. If we really believe Elohim’s way is best, we will want HIS will to be done. (Mat 26:39, James 4:3, Rom 8:26-28)
12. What is a seventh condition? (Proverbs 28:9)
Answer: we must listen to Elohim and obey Him. Why should we expect Elohim to hear us, if we will not hear Him? And why should we expect Him to do what we ask, if we will not do what He asks? (1 John 3:22, Luke 6:46, John 14:12-15)
13. What is an eighth condition? (Phillipians 4:6)
Answer: We should praise Elohim and be thankful for HIS goodness. (Colossians 4:2, Psalm 34:1)
14. What is a ninth condition? (Mark 11:25-26)
Answer: We should be willing to forgive others as we expect Elohim to forgive us.
(Matthew 6:14-15, 18:21-35)
Will you plan to become better acquainted with Yahushua by setting apart some time every morning to talk with Him in personal, private prayer?
My response is to Yahushua is_____________