Accompanying Video Lesson: https://youtu.be/cNlVleeWb-0
Filled with love of God, we ask of God the life-giving answers only He can give – not only for ourselves, but especially for all those He is calling us to love.
|Week of…||Week of…|
|Sept 13 – The ASKing Part of Prayer||Oct 4 – Praying For Your Finances|
|Sept 20 – Praying for Yourself||Oct 11 – Praying for Your Church|
|Sept 27 – Praying for Your Family||Oct 18 – Praying for Your Community, Co-workers & Friends|
|Oct 18 – DAY of Prayer (possibly Friday, Oct 23)|
The ASKing Part of Prayer
Prayers (in general)
- The messages we address to God in words, desires, symbols or actions conveying the thanksgiving, supplication, or intercession of our hearts. Examples of each:
- The acts of faith that carries the presence of Christ and power of personally loving God into loving ourselves and others as He intended. Luke 18:35-43, 7:50, 8:48, 17:19, Matthew 9:22, Mark 5:34
Three Specific Types of Prayer
- Thanksgiving: gratitude offered in advance for God hearing and answering prayer. Psalm 100; Acts 16:16-34; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
- Supplication (petition): to ask someone for something – with feeling! Psalm 102; Matthew 26:36-46; 2 Corinthians 12:8-10; 1 Thessalonians 3:9-10
- Intercession: to ask or mediate on behalf of another person, with persistence (1 Timothy 2:1-5). Intercession is perfectly realized (not only pictured, but fulfilled!) in our High Priest,Jesus Christ, and empowered by the love of God poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 4:14-16; 7:23-28). We intercede best when we intercede with Christ!
Passionately, patiently, respectfully, persistently, regularly…
“And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”
Luke 11:9-10 NLT
A sking from the heart
S eeking His will
K nocking at whatever door presents itself
Intensity of commitment to receiving an answer gets stronger as it moves from the point of need (burden or calling) – as one keeps on asking, seeking and knocking.
What are you ASKing of God for today?
Suggested Response to Teaching
- Read the blog posted for this lesson and complete at least one of any activities listed there.
- Answer these thought questions
- Is there a principle or two from this lesson you might incorporate into your life going forward? What would those principles be?
- How have your prayers for things grown stronger or been encouraged through learning to know and love God?
- Do you have any suggestions for improving the format of the lesson (videos, study guides, blog postings, etc.)?
- Share your thoughts and experiences. Please let the David and Julia Ewert know when you have completed an activity (firstname.lastname@example.org), and what you found meaningful in the exercise. When inspired to do so, compose a prayer to share with the school that we can publish online with the blog. It can be in any form you choose (prose, poetry, music, picture, psalm, etc.).
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6 NIV