Discipleship Lesson 1

PRAYER
Memory Verse

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1 Thessalonians 5:6-18 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

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On your own:
Day 1: Luke 11:1-13

Day 2: Ephesians 1:15-23

Day 3: Ephesians 3:14-21

Day 4: Colossians 1:9-14

Day 5: 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12

Together:

PRAYER DEFINED
Westminster Shorter Catechism
Q. 98: What is prayer?

A: Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God, for things agreeable to his will, in the name of Christ, with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgment of his mercies
Prayer is an act, as well as an attitude of dependence upon God.
PRAYER IS EXPECTED
Matt. 6:5-8, Col. 4:2, 1 Thess. 5:16-18, Eph. 3:2
PRAYER IS LEARNED

  • Prayer is learned…..by praying

    Pray until we pray – D.A. Carson

  • Prayer is learned…. By praying with others

Develop a prayer partner relationship

Find models of prayer

            Sunday morning and evening services

            Books: eg. Valley of Vision, A call to Spiritual Reformation, Prayer and the 

            Voice of God

            Other Christians

            Scripture
PRINCIPLES OF PRAYER
Prayers must overflow from a heart that is in step with God. You cannot reach out to God and hold onto sin at the same time. (John 9:31, Psalm 66:8, Mark 11:25)
    Hindrances to prayer:

  • Unconfessed sin (Psalm 66:18-20), (Isaiah 59:1-2)Insensitivity to the word of God (Proverbs 28:9)
  • An unforgiving spirit (Matthew 6:4-15)
  • Bitterness toward your mate or others (1 Peter 3:7, Colossians 3:19)
  • Not asking (James 4:2)
  • Asking with selfish or other wrong motives (James 4:3, Proverbs 21:13)

Persistence is important. (Matthew 7:7, Luke 18:1-8)
Prayer is shaped by the word of God
Prayer is offered for us by the Holy Spirit and aided by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:26)
TYPES OF PRAYER
The bible classifies four types of prayer in 1 Timothy 2:1
Supplications – urgent requests]

Prayers – Regular communication with God which is based in His word

Intercessions – prayers for others

Giving of thanks – appreciation for God and His blessings
MODELS OF PRAYER
The Lord’s Prayer (Matt. 6:9-13)

ACTS 
Adoration – Praise God for who He is

Confession- Confess your sins to God (1 John 1:9)

Thanksgiving- Give thanks to God (Psalm 95:2)

Supplication – Pray for needs, yours and others. (Phil. 4:19)
The book of Psalms
PRACTICAL HELPS
Cultivate a habit of prayer

Set aside time to pray

It is better to pray often with brevity than rarely but at length

Redeem the time (while walking, driving, doing the dishes etc…)

Pray through the membership directory

Use online resources like Operation World

Make a list (All of us would be wiser if we would resolve never to put people down, except on our prayer lists – D.A. Carson)

Pray for certain things on certain days (local missions, international missions, marriages in the church, etc…)
BIBLE STUDY
Memory Verse

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2 Timothy 3:16-17 – All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work
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On your own:
Day 1 – Hebrews 4:11-13

Day 2 – Psalm 119:1-44

Day 3 – Psalm 119: 45-88

Day 4 – Psalm 119:89-134

Day 5 – Psalm 119:135-178

Together:
WHY STUDY THE BIBLE?
The bible is the source of ….
Truth – “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” – John 17:17

God’s blessing – “But He said, More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it” – Luke 11:28

Victory – “….. the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” – Ephesians 6:17

Growth – “As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word that you may grow thereby” – 1 Peter 2:2

Power – “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek” – Romans 1:16

Guidance – “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” – Psalm 119:105
John Macarthur
HOW TO STUDY THE BIBLE?
Observation – note what testament you’re in, what book you’re in, who wrote it, what is the genre.. Are there patterns in the text? Write down any questions you might have.
Interpretation – What does the text say? What did it mean to the original audience? Understand what the context is. What concerns caused the text to be written? How does it fit in the whole bible? Use tools: commentaries, concordances, study bibles, websites…
Application – Do I have anything in common with the original audience of the text? What do I need to repent of in light of what I just read? What did I learn about the character of God in this text and how can I apply it to my life?
PRACTICAL HELPS FOR STUDYING THE BIBLE
Make time for it

Get a study bible

Use an app

Ask for help

Get a readable translation

Write stuff down

BIBLE STUDY
Memory Verse

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2 Timothy 3:16-17 – All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work
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On your own:
Day 1 – Hebrews 4:11-13

Day 2 – Psalm 119:1-44

Day 3 – Psalm 119: 45-88

Day 4 – Psalm 119:89-134

Day 5 – Psalm 119:135-178

Together:
WHY STUDY THE BIBLE?
The bible is the source of ….
Truth – “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” – John 17:17

God’s blessing – “But He said, More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it” – Luke 11:28

Victory – “….. the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” – Ephesians 6:17

Growth – “As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word that you may grow thereby” – 1 Peter 2:2

Power – “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek” – Romans 1:16

Guidance – “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” – Psalm 119:105
John Macarthur
HOW TO STUDY THE BIBLE?
Observation – note what testament you’re in, what book you’re in, who wrote it, what is the genre.. Are there patterns in the text? Write down any questions you might have.
Interpretation – What does the text say? What did it mean to the original audience? Understand what the context is. What concerns caused the text to be written? How does it fit in the whole bible? Use tools: commentaries, concordances, study bibles, websites…
Application – Do I have anything in common with the original audience of the text? What do I need to repent of in light of what I just read? What did I learn about the character of God in this text and how can I apply it to my life?
PRACTICAL HELPS FOR STUDYING THE BIBLE
Make time for it

Get a study bible

Use an app

Ask for help

Get a readable translation

Write stuff down

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