Learning to Pray
Communication is a vital element in any successful relationship, including our relationship with God. He wants us to communicate with him about our cares and concerns. He desires that we talk to him about every area of our lives. This communication with God is called prayer.
Prayer is much more than words. It is an expression of the heart toward God. It is an experience, a relationship—not an activity.
As a child of God, you are invited to come boldly before his throne. In Hebrews 4:14–16, the writer records, “Since we have a great High Priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us… then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in time of need.”
Because the one to whom you pray is the King of kings and Lord of lords, the Creator of heaven and earth, you come into his presence with reverence. But he is also your loving, heavenly Father who cares for you. Therefore, you can enter into his presence with a relaxed, joyful heart, knowing that God loves you more than anyone else has ever loved you or will ever love you.
Lesson Objective: To learn how to develop a personal prayer life
Read Philippians 4:6; Psalm 62:8 and Acts 4:23–33
Before you consider the many verses below, be sure to read the Bible passages listed above.
If you click on the verses in the study below you can see the entire verse! If you are not on-the-go, consider opening a physical Bible and looking up the passages.
What Is Prayer?
Since prayer is communication between two persons, it can also be described as a dialogue. Write a sentence about the part each of these have in the dialogue between the believer and God.
- Prayer is the privilege of believers (John 3:22, 23).
- We relate to God like children to a father (Ephesians 2:4, 5, 8; 1 Peter 5:7).
- God wants to hear what we say (Psalms 62:8; 65:2; Proverbs 15:8).
- God delights in and longs for our fellowship (Psalm 27:8; John 4:23; Proverbs 15:8).
- We can talk to God about anything (Matthew 7:7; John 16:24).
- Prayer can keep us from sin (Matthew 26:41).
How to Pray
- What part does the Holy Spirit play in prayer (Romans 8:26, 27)?
- What do these verses teach about how to pray?
- What vital elements of prayer are found in Acts 4:24–30?
- What vital elements of prayer did Christ include in his prayer in John 17?
- What are some of the promises Christ makes to you when you pray?
Steps to Having an Effective Prayer Life
Read the following verses and explain why each step is necessary to pray effectively.
- Abide (John 15:7)
- Ask (James 4:2, 3)
- Believe (Matthew 21:22)
- Receive (1 John 5:14, 15)
- Set a time and place for your daily prayer time.
Time _______________ Place _________________
- Use a small notebook to help you pray effectively.
On page one, make a list of people whom you want to remember daily in prayer.
On page two, write a list of things for which you will praise and thank God. Update this list daily.
On page three, write the date, prayer requests, and Scripture verses relating to requests. Leave room to write down the answer and date for each request.
Each day, repeat the first two points, checking for answered prayers to record on earlier days.
Keep this notebook with your Bible so you can refer to it during the day to pray for and record concerns, needs, praises, or thanks that come to mind.
Memory Verse: “I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24 NLT)