Read 1 Corinthians 14:15. When you pray and sing, what two parts of yourself need to be
involved? Is it beneficial for you to
sing without understanding what you are singing? After all, what is the purpose of us singing to one another (Colossians 3:16)? What then, is the purpose of praying unless
we know to Whom we are directing our thoughts to or what we are saying? Read Luke 18:9-14.
Why did Jesus teach this parable?
Should your prayers be used to inform God or scold somebody? Who do you
think you are talking to? Wasn’t this
what the Pharisee was doing? How did
the tax collector use his prayer effectively?
When you pray to the Lord fulfill your vows and your promises, don’t
promise something or say you want something just because you find yourself in
trouble! Don’t use prayer as a fire
escape! Read Ecclesiastes 5:1-7. When you pray, should you say what you
mean? What happens if you renege? Read Proverbs 1:23-31. Are you going to accept God’s answer to your prayers? What happens if you reject God’s wisdom?
When you pray, how much do you desire to say what
you are saying to God? How sincere are
you being? Are you persistent? Do you really desire for God to impart
something to you? Do you really believe
God can give it to you? Are you
depending on Him for it? Here are some
examples of the certain manner in which we should pray. Read Luke 22:40-44.
How was Jesus praying? Why did
He pray more earnestly/fervently? Did
He really believe God was listening?
5:16-18. What makes prayer
be powerful and effective? Be careful
how you answer! Is it the man who makes
it that way, or is it because a righteous man believes that God can make it
that way? Read Luke 18:1-8. Why did Jesus teach them this parable? Will He put off your requests for
justice? Why does God answer your
prayers (verse 8)? What must you believe when you pray (Mark 11:24; James
1:5,6)? Do you pray ready to
accept God’s will and not your own (Matthew 6:10; Matthew 26:39)?
When you pray for others, is it a detached prayer or
a prayer seeking God to use you as His tool to serve those whom you pray
for? Read Romans 10:1. What makes you think The Apostle Paul was
sincere about this prayer? Read the
Book of Acts if you don’t know the answer. J Look at Samuel’s attitude
in 1 Samuel
12:23. If he didn’t pray for
his brother, what did he see himself doing against God? And as he prayed, did he see himself as the
answer to those prayers in teaching them to judge correctly? Do you tend to criticize the rulers of your
land or pray for them? Read 1 Timothy 2:1, 2. Is this as urgent a request for you as it
was for Paul? Whenever you feel like
criticizing, pray first! Especially if
they are considered your enemies (Matthew 5:44, Luke 23:34)! How much more then should you pray for your
spiritual leaders (Ephesians 6:18-20; 2 Thessalonians 3:1)?
Are there certain conditions
that exist in order for our prayer to be effective? You bet! We must be
John 3:22), submissive and confident (1 John 5:14, 15) and forgiving (Matthew 6:12, 14,
15). We need to be drawing
near to the Lord (James 4:8).
What can hinder your prayers (James 4:3)?
What happens if you hide sin in your heart (Psalm 66:18)? Read Ezekiel 14:3.
What happens if you consider your job or your possessions or your pride
as the most important things in your life?
What happens if you are not seeking the Kingdom first? What happens if you are selfish and ignore
those who are destitute (Proverbs 21:13),
or if you are unforgiving (Mark 11:25), or if there is sin in your
relationship with your spouse (1 Peter 3:7) or general faithlessness in your