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A Study On Prayer    Friday, February 23, 2018                                                                   Jesus The Goog Shepher                                                      


By Mary Lee Thornton & Elsie Cunningham

I would like to thank my good friend Elsie Cunningham for helping compile this Study On Prayer.

Prayer Is A Person Communicating With Their Friend. 
Prayer is the key to our spiritual relationship with our Heavenly Father. 
Jesus taught us to pray, "Our Father which art in heaven, …" (Matthew 6:9)

In This study we will be looking at the prayers that different people prayed throughout the Bible so that we can pattern our own prayers after their example.

Jesus prayed these words at the grave of Lazarus. "Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me." (John 11:4l)

Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer. (Acts 3:1)

About 120 people were present at the upper room prayer meeting on the Day of Pentecost. (Acts 1:15)

Jonah prayed unto the Lord his God out of the fish’s belly. (Jonah 2:1)

Daniel kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God. (Daniel 6:10)

Hypocrites love to pray in the synagogues and in the streets that they may be seen of men. (Matthew 6:5)

Paul attended a prayer meeting outside the city of Philippi by the riverside. (Acts 16:12-13)

Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises unto God in the Philippian jail. (Luke 9:28)

Manoah prayed and asked about guidance for Samson’s life when he is born. (Judges 13:8)

Manasseh prayed to be returned to Jerusalem and his kingdom. (2 Chronicles 33:11-13)

Elijah prayed that it might not rain, and it rained not for 3 1/2 years. (James 5:17)

Asa had an army of 580 thousand and Zerah the Ethiopian had an army of a thousand thousand. Asa prayed for a victory, which God granted. (2 Chronicles 14:8-11)

Samson was sore athirst and prayed for a drink. God gave him water from the jawbone of an animal. (Judges 15:16-19)

David prayed, "Let the house of thy servant be established before thee." (2 Samuel 7:26)

Moses prayed for Miriam for the healing of leprosy. (Numbers 12:1-13)

Jacob prayed, "Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother Esau." (Geneses 32:9-11)

Jesus prayed, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." (Luke 23:34)

Cornelius was a devout man that feared God with all his house and prayed to God always. (Acts 10:1-2)

The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:16)

The Intercessors

What will we receive from God when we delight ourselves in the Lord?

"The desires of thine heart."  Psalms 37:4,

How do we know God will hear us?

"This is the confidence that we have in him, if we ask anything according to his will, He hears us. "  1 John 5:14.

Nehemiah 1:5, I beseech thee, O Lord God of Heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandment."

Isaiah 42:8. "I am the Lord: that is my name and my glory will I not give another."

We should approach God How?

"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in the time of trouble. Hebrews 4:16,

Since we do not know how to pray effectively on our own, what does the Holy Spirit do for us in prayer

"Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities; for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered."  Romans 8:26,

Whose purpose is at the focal point of the Holy Spirit’s intercession?

"And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit. Because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. Romans 8:2,

Why do spiritual things seem foolish to the unsaved?

"But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are Spiritually discerned."  1 Corinthians 2:14,

Upon what physical area of Jesus’ body do the words "King of Kings and Lord of Lords" appear?

"And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh, a name written, King of Kings and Lord of Lords."  Revelation 19:16,

What time of the day did the Psalmist David say he would pray?

"My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord: in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up."  Psalm 5:3,

What did Daniel do when the king outlawed prayer to the true God?

"Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being opened in his chamber towards Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three time a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime."  Daniel 6:10

Elijah’s prayer after he repaired the altar at Mount Carmel.

"Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God. …."  1 Kings 18:37,

 After Elijah prayed what happened?

"Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones, and the dust." 1 Kings 18:38,

What was Elisha’s prayer for his servant when the Syrian army surrounded Israel?

"And Elisha prayed and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes that he might see." 2 Kings 6:17,

What did Elisha’s servant see when God opened his eyes?

"And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw : and behold, the mountains was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha ." 2 Kings 6:17

Where did Hezekiah go after he received the letter from Sennacherib and what did he do?

"And Hezekiah received the letter of the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up into the house of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord." According to 2 Kings 19:14-16,

What was Hezekiah’s Prayer?

"Now therefore, O Lord our God, I beseech thee, save us out of his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the Lord God, even thou only." 2 Kings 19:19,

 (Part Of Jeremiah’s Prayer),

"We, acknowledge O Lord, our wickedness, and the iniquity of our fathers : for we have sinned against thee." Jeremiah 14:20,

Jeremiah 29:13, "And Ye shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart."

(Paul To The Ephesians)

Ephesians 1:16, "Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers."

James 1:17, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, nether shadow of turning."

Mary’s first words after Elizabeth confirmed the birth of Jesus to her.

"And Mary said "My soul doth magnify the Lord." Luke 1:46,

Where did Peter and John go after they were threatened by the priest and elders for healing the man at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful?

" And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them. Acts 3:2, Acts 4:23,

When Peter and John went unto their own company and reported all that the chief priest and elders had said unto them concerning the healing of the lame man at the gate of the Temple called Beautiful what did they do?

"And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness." Acts 4:31,

Stephen was stoned he did what and said what?

"And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. Acts 7:60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge, and when he had said this, he fell asleep." Acts 7:59-60,

Matthew 21:13, And he said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.

Mark 11:25, And when you stand praying, forgive, if ye have aught against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

Mark 9:29, And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

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