TALKING WITH GOD
We all know that communication is essential for any relationship to grow. This includes any relationship we have with a person and includes our relationship with God. As relational beings, we communicate with one another in several ways. We communicate love, sadness, anger, fear, anxiety, pain, impatience…just to name a few. And we communicate needs, wants, and desires. We communicate adoration, reverence, respect, despise, distaste, and even hatred.
Prayer is our primary means of communicating with God. Prayer is talking to God. When it comes to prayer, all we really need to do is be honest when we talk to God (He knows what’s on our heart anyway!)
We never have to use special sounding words or “holy words” when we talk to God. Prayer is simple, communication with God. Tell Him the things that are in your heart. Tell Him the things that bother you. Ask for help in your Christian life. Remember too, to thank Him for what He has done and to offer the praise and worship He deserves.
1. Read Hebrews 4:14 16. Jesus is described as our “High Priest” (an idea taken from the Old Testament). Since He is now passed into the heavens He is able to appeal to God for us. Since He once lived on earth as a man, He understands what each of us face as we live each day. This makes Him sympathetic to our needs. According to Hebrews 4:16 as a believer in Christ we are given a special privilege.
What is it?
2. Because God is the believer’s refuge, Psalm 62:8 suggests we do what?
3. Read Hebrews 10:19 22.
We are told we have ___________________ to enter into the Holy Place (verse 19)
How was this made possible according to verse 20?
4. Paul wrote in Philippians 4:6,7 about a powerful key to freedom from anxiety. In verse 6, what are we told not to do?
Instead, what are we told to do?
What is God’s promise if we do?
CHRISTIANS AND PRAYER
One of the most perplexing problems to earnest Christians is why their prayers seem to remain unanswered. Most of us will have to admit that we do not always see answers to many of our prayers. In our human relationships, if we have offended or been offensive, communication becomes increasingly challenging. And so it is with God. Any wise Christian who faces this situation squarely – that being unanswered prayer- will “take stock” of himself in order to find out if he is the cause. The following are some of the most common reasons why our prayers go unanswered.
5. What reason does James 4:3 give for unanswered prayer?
6. What hindrance to prayer is mentioned in Psalm 66:18?
7. Read 1 Peter 3:1 7. What does verse 7 give as a reason for unanswered prayer?
We realize, of course, that God may have His own reasons for not answering our prayers. What reasons are suggested in the following verses?
8. Read 2 Corinthians 12:7 9. When Paul prayed to be healed of a special problem, what did the Lord answer as the reason for him not being healed?
9. Matthew 26:36 39 records a particular prayer of the Lord Jesus Christ. As He prayed, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me…”. What else did He add to this prayer that determined the outcome?
10. What did Paul pray for in Romans 10:1?
Why do you think we should pray for people to believe in Christ?
11. Read Colossians 1:9 14. What did Paul pray for in behalf of the people (v. 9)?
12. In 1 Timothy 2:1,2; who did Paul say we should pray for?
13. What did Jesus tell His disciples to pray for in Matthew 9:37,38?
14. Paul made a specific prayer request in Ephesians 6:19,20. What was it?
15. In 2 Thessalonians 3:1,2, Paul asked for prayer in two areas. What was his request in verse 1?
What did he ask prayer for in verse 2?
Do you think it makes sense for us to pray for missionaries who are telling others about the gospel of Jesus Christ?
16. The book of Psalms contains the requests and prayers of people for a variety of things. As we read these requests, we gain insight into what we should pray for. What requests are made in these prayers from the Psalms?
17. What are we asked to pray for in James 1:5, and why?
18. Who does Jesus tell us to pray for in Matthew 5:44?
19. Often we say, “I don’t have time to pray.”
Read Mark 1:35. When did Jesus pray?
Do you think Jesus had a busy schedule?
Look at Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:14 21 as a guideline, list some requests you could pray for others and for yourself.