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1 Pray Like It Matters Book by Steve Gaines Ph. D Session Highlights

2 Pray Like It Matters SESSION 1: THE PRIORITY OF PRAYER: THE PRAYER LIFE OF JESUS 2

3 Session 1 Notes Scripture for Memory and Meditation Mark 1:35 In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there. Things to Consider Jesus is our example for prayer When should you pray? What are some benefits of having a quiet time with God each morning? When did Jesus pray? What types of prayer did Jesus pray? 3

4 Session 1 Notes Jesus prayed all types of prayer Thanksgiving, Petition, and praise No prayer of confession as He knew no sin 2 Cor. 5:21 Jesus prayed before making decisions (see Luke 6:12). Jesus prayed when He was tempted (Matt. 4:1 11; Luke 4:1-13). Jesus prayed in the midst of suffering (Luke 23:34; Matt. 27:46) Jesus prays for His followers (Heb. 7:25). 4

5 Pray Like It Matters SESSION 2 : THE PRIORITY OF PRAYER IN THE EARLY CHURCH 5

6 Session 2 Before Class Please Read and Consider: Matthew 28:19 20; Acts 1:8, 12 14; Acts 2. What significant event ends the Gospels and begins the book of Acts? The Ascension (Jesus was taken up into heaven) How did Jesus followers respond? They seemed startled for a while and were gazing into the sky Why do you think they gathered together? Jesus believers had grown to be dependent on Him. They continued their reliance on Him through prayer and with the promised presence of the Holy Spirit they gathered to wait on the promise. What do you think prayer had to do with what happened on the day of Pentecost? The results of Pentecost and the unity of those early believers was directly tied to their time in prayer 6

7 Session 2 Acts 4:1 32 What circumstances led to the prayer in Acts 4:24 30? Peter and John were being threatened by religious leaders for healing a man in the name of Jesus What do you observe about elements of the prayer they prayed? Their prayer included praise, Scripture quotations, expression of trust, petition for boldness and good deeds performed in Jesus name. It did not include any selfish or self-centered prayers such as safety What happened following this prayer? God granted their petition and they spoke boldly 7

8 Session 2 Acts 10 Who prayed in this chapter? Cornelius and Peter What did Peter overcome through prayer? Prejudice towards gentiles or non Jews Are there people you think God doesn t hear their prayers? Who are they? Why doesn t God hear their prayers? Who was changed as a result of prayer in Acts 10? Peter 8

9 Session 2 Challenge: Are you praying regularly for your church? If so what are you praying that God will do in your church? 9

10 Pray Like It Matters SESSION 3 THE LORDS PRAYER A PATTERN FOR PRAYER

11 Session 3 Consider the Old Testament Names of God Jehovah-Jireh The Lord My Provider (Gen. 22:14) Jehovah-Rapha The Lord Who Heals (Exod. 15:26) Jehovah-Nissi The Lord My Banner (Exod. 17:15 16) Jehovah-Makadesh The Lord Who Sanctifies (Lev. 20:7 18) Jehovah-Shalom The Lord My Peace (Judg. 6:24) Jehovah-Rohi The Lord My Shepherd (Ps. 23:1) Jehovah-Tsidkenu The Lord My Righteousness (Jer. 23:5 6) Jehovah-Shammah The Lord Who Is Present (Ezek. 48:35) 11

12 Session 3 Please Study and Meditate on Matthew 6: 9 11 Matthew 6:9-13New American Standard Bible (NASB) 9 Pray, then, in this way: Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day [a] our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from [b] evil. [c] [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. ] 12

13 Session 3 Consider and Meditate on the Names of Jesus The Bread of Life (John 6:35) The Light of the World (John 8:12) The Door of the Sheep (John 10:7) The Good Shepherd (John 10:11, 14) The Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25) The Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6) The True Vine (John 15:1) 13

14 Session 3 Lead a discussion on the privilege of believers to call God Father. Call on volunteers to read Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 4:11 12; and Philippians 4:19. Lead a discussion about these two phrases of the Lord s Prayer: Your kingdom come, and Your will be done. Make these points: This prayer means submitting to God s will over our own It means a daily sacrifice of self to God Mary, Jesus mother, is a good example of someone who yielded to God s will Jesus also, knowing what He was facing, yielded to God s will and accept the pain and humiliation of the cross. 14

15 Pray Like it Matters SESSION 4: THE LORDS PRAYER - A PATTERN FOR PRAYER PART 2 15

16 Session 4 Questions to Ponder Who has the right to judge anyone s actions? Why? How many times should we forgive one another? Does forgiving mean trust is fully restored? Why or why not? Is there a time a person is not expected to forgive one another? If so what is it? Did Jesus offer any exceptions? Do we have a right to place conditions on forgiving someone? If so what are they? 16

17 Session 4 Scriptures for Meditation Confessing Sin Leviticus 26:40 42 Ezra 9:5 7, 10 Nehemiah 1:6 7 Psalm 32:1 7 Psalm 51:1 12 Proverbs 28:13 Daniel 9:4 19 Mark 1:4 5 James 5:16 1 John 1:5 10 Scriptures for Meditation Confessing Christ Matthew 10:32 33 Matthew 16:13 16 Romans 10:9 10 Philippians 2: John 2:23 1 John 4:15 17

18 Session 4 Scriptures for Meditation Forgiving one Another 2 Chronicles 77:14 Psalm 25:18 Matthew 9:2 Matthew 18:

19 Pray Like it Matters SESSION 5: WHAT HINDERS OUR PRAYERS? 19

20 Session 5 Below are things that can hinder our prayers Busyness Matthew 6:33 Disobedience 1 John 3:22 Laziness 1 Peter 4:7b Idolatry 1 John 5:21 Unforgiveness Matthew 6:14-15 Unconfessed Sin Psalm 66:18 Family Strife 1 Peter 3:7 Lack of Faith Hebrews 12:6 20

21 Pray Like it Matters SESSION 6: WHAT HELPS OUR PRAYERS? 21

22 Session 6 What Helps our Prayers? The Holy Spirit John 14:16, Romans 8: Praying Scripture (Will be discussed in depth in Session 7) Praying in Jesus Name According to His will John 14:13; John 16: 23 24; 1 John 5:

23 Session 6 Will Be Used For Group Discussion A Holy Heart Psalm 24: 3 5; Isaiah 59: 1-2; 1 Peter 1: 18 19; What do you think it means to have a holy heart? What prevents believers from having a holy heart? How can believers have a holy heart? A Hungry Heart Jeremiah 29: 11 14; Hebrews 5:7; Psalm 42:1 What is the significance of Jer. 29: as it relates to the heart? These verses also allude to the kind of prayers God Loves What are they? Why? What kinds of prayer does the author of Hebrews say Jesus prayed? 23

24 Session 6 A Humble Heart Isaiah 6: 1; Isaiah 42:8; Isaiah 66:2; Micah 6:8; 1 Pet. 5: 5-6; Rev. 1:17 Why do those who pray need an attitude of humility? Isaiah 66:2 How did Isaiah respond to God s presence? How did the apostle John respond when he saw Jesus? 24

25 Pray Like it Matters SESSION 7: PRAYING THE WORD OF GOD 25

26 Session 7 Praying Scripture will enhance your prayer life Change your prayer life Help you pray with more Authority Help you Pray According to God s Will Especially when you claim specific verses of scripture and use them in the proper context 26

27 Session 7 Scriptures to aid in Praying for Children Luke 2:52 John 16:8 Acts 3:19 Romans 10:13 Luke 11:13 Ephesians 5:18 Galatians 5: Timothy 2:22 Psalm 32:8 Proverbs 3:5 6 James 1:5 Proverbs 18:24 Deuteronomy 6:6 9 Ephesians 6:4 Ephesians 6:1 3 Isaiah 59:21 Scriptures to aid in Praying for your Spouse Ephesians 5:22, 33 1 Peter 3:7 Psalm 91:10 11 Psalm 127:1 Malachi 3:10 Romans 8:32 Philippians 4:19 Psalm 16:11 3 John 2 Psalm 133:1 Psalm 128 Psalm 32:8 Isaiah 30:21 27

28 Session 7 Scriptures for praying for your church Acts 9:31 Isaiah 56:7 Matthew 21:13 Acts 4:31 Acts 6:4 1 Timothy 5:17 Scriptures for praying for your church 2 Timothy 2:15 1 Corinthians 12:11 Matthew 9:37 38 Malachi 3:8 12 Matthew 23:23 2 Peter 3:18 28

29 Session 7 Praying for Salvation of the Lost Romans 10:11 Romans 1:9 John 16:7 Isaiah 64:6 Philippians 3:9 Praying for Salvation of the Lost Romans 14:10 Hebrews 9:27 1 Corinthians 15:3 4 Romans 10:14 29

30 Session 7 Praying for Revival in the Nation 2 Chronicles 7:14 Proverbs 14:34 Habakkuk 3:2 Praying for Revival in the Nation Psalm 85:6 Acts 3:19 2 Chronicles 7:1 30

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