(A COMPLETE LESSON)
· What have you learned about prayer in the last year?
· Why are there so many books, Bible studies, classes, and sermons about prayer?
· In spite of all the teaching and preaching we have heard and read about prayer, it is still a topic that needs to be revisited by us. Why?
Matthew 6:6 - But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
John 15:7 - If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
· Private prayer is personal. It gives me a private audience with the ruler of the universe.
· Private prayer allows me to pour out my heart to a God who cares and listens. 1 Peter 5:7
· Private prayer brings me personally to the “Throne of Grace”. Hebrews 4:14-16
· Private prayer gives me intimacy with God and the promise of public answers.
· Why do we shun away from private prayer?
James 5:16 – Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
· How would you describe fervent prayer? Why do we often lack fervency?
James 5:17-18 - Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.  And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.
1 Kings 18:37 - Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.
· Elijah cared enough to pray earnestly for a drought because he was concerned about the righteousness of God. Elijah cared enough to pray down fire from Heaven.
· What are some appropriate prayers we should be praying for the Spiritual needs of our congregation?
Mark 11:22-24 – And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.  For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.  Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
· What do the verses above tell you about the power of prayer?
Luke 18:1-8 - And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;  Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:  And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.  And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;  Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.  And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.  And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?  I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
· How are we to be like the widow in this story?
· Why does God love persistent prayer?
· How is God different from the unjust judge?
· What does Luke 11:5-13 add to the concept of persistent prayer?
1 Timothy 2:1-6 - I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;  For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.  For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;  Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;  Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
· “Supplications” means to ask for what is needed.
· “Prayers” is the general word for prayer and would
· “Intercessions” would include praying for others.
· “Giving of thanks” reminds us to be grateful as a
· According to this passage, what are some of the things we should be praying for and why?
· What motivation do we have to pray for the souls of others?
1 Timothy 2:8 - I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
· What hinders the prayers of a congregation?
Matthew 6:9-13 - After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
· Let us talk through this prayer and pick out the specific things we should be praying for according to this text.