Children need to know that they can speak freely with their parents. Our heavenly Father provided this opportunity for His children. God emphasizes that He wants us to draw near to Him as a cleansed people (Hebrews 10:22) with boldness and confidence to His throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16). Questions arise about this privilege.
1. Does prayer do any good? (James 5:16)
2. What is His command and His promise? (Matthew 7:7-8)
3. Are there any conditions to prayer?
Matthew 21:22; James 1:6-7
Psalm 66:18 1
4. Our prayers should include worship (praise), thanksgiving, confession, intercession for others, and then personal needs. Write down which area is mentioned in the following verses:
Psalm 100:4 (two things)
1 John 1:9
Ephesians 6:18; 1 Timothy 2:1
5. What importance did Samuel place on praying for others? (1 Samuel 12:23)
6. God answers prayers in ways other than directly and immediately. What was the Lord’s way of answering these prayers?
2 Corinthians 12:7-9
1 Kings 19:4-5
7. What should we do when inclined to worry? What replaces worry? (Philippians 4:6-7)
8. What is the storehouse from which God supplies our needs? (Philippians 4:19)
Ask yourself these questions:
When you come to God in the Name of the Lord Jesus, how can you be sure He will hear and respond?
Have you set aside time to pray in a regular, consistent way? When?
What has been your most significant recent answer to prayer?
Review Romans 10:9; 1 John 5:13; Acts 2:41; Matthew 28:19; Joshua 1:8; Mark 1:35
Memorize Matthew 7:7, “Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.”