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Lesson: Importance of Prayer
1. In what places would the apostle have men pray?
"I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting," I Timothy 2:8.
2. What is the promise to those who ask and seek for the things they need?
"Every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened," Matthew 7:8.
3. How does the Savior illustrate the willingness of Heaven to grant favors to those who ask?
"If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?" verse 11.
4. Why is it necessary to ask God for all these things?
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with Whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning," James 1:17.
5. In what way does God draw nigh to us?
"Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts you double minded," James 4:8.
6. How should one pray to God?
"I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with understanding also," 1 Corinthians 14:15.
7. With what should the prayers of the suppliant be mingled?
"Be careful for nothing: but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God," Philippians 4:6.
8. Should one in public repeat certain forms to be heard by men?
"But when you pray, use not vain repetition, as the heathen do; for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking," Matthew 6:7.
9. What must necessarily accompany one's petition in order to please God?
"Without faith it is impossible to please Him; for he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He rewards them that diligently seek Him," Hebrews 11:6.
10. How strong must this faith be?
"Therefore I say unto you, What things soever you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them," Mark 11:24.
11. When praying for forgiveness, how should one feel toward those who have in any way injured Him?
"When you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against any; that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses," verse 25.
12. Does it make any difference whether or not this injunction is carried out?
"But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses," verse 26.
13. How should one do when in affliction?
"Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray," James 5:13.
14. Should one pray by himself alone?
"But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to Your Father which is in secret; and your Father which sees in secret shall reward you openly," Matthew 6:6.
15. Was Jesus alone while praying?
"And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, He was there alone," Matthew 14:23.
16. But if it should happen that we were thrown into the presence of those who ridicule prayer or were forbidden to pray, should we give up our customary devotion?
"Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did before." Daniel 6:10.
17. How many of Cornelius' family feared God and prayed to Him?
"A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always." Acts 10:2.
18. Did the apostolic believers have gatherings for prayer?
"And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary, the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying," Acts 12:12.
19. How often does the apostle exhort the church to pray?
"Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit," Ephesians 6:18.
20. How does he express himself on this point elsewhere?
"Pray without ceasing," 1 Thessalonians 5:17.
21. In a certain parable concerning an importunate widow who besought an unjust judge to assist her against her enemies, what reason did the judge give for finally heeding her petition?
"Though I fear not god, nor regard man; yet because this widow troubles me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me," Luke 18:4, 5.
22. How does the Savior apply the parable?
"And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall not God avenge His own elect, which cry day and night unto Him, though He bear long with them?" verses 6, 7.
23. What does the Savior conclude in answer to His own question on this point?
"I tell you that He will avenge them speedily," Luke 18:8, first part.
24. But what question does the Savior immediately ask, which shows He felt doubtful that such strong faith would exist when He is about to come?
"Nevertheless, when the Son of man comes, shall He find faith on the earth?" verse 8, latter part.
25. What is the parable's purpose?
"And He spoke a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint," verse 1.
26. What is the result of fervent prayer?
"The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." James 5:16. Prayer is powerful and effective and accomplishes much.