He Wants to Listen to You – Prayer
The Bible’s Claim About God: He wants you to talk to him, open up your heart and tell him your joys, your sorrows, your burdens and stresses.
1. What does God invite us to do? Matthew 7:7,11 _______________________
2. What does God want you to bring to Him in prayer? 1 Peter 5:7 __________
3. What do these verses say that we should also talk about with God? Philippians 1:4 __________________________________________________
Colossians 3:15-17 _______________________________________________
1 Thessalonians 5:18 _____________________________________________
4. What is the purpose of our prayers? Revelation 3:20 ___________________
5. What was Jesus’ example in his prayer life? Mark 1:35 __________________
6. What should we not do when we pray? Matthew 6:6-8 _________________
7. Why do you think God tells us in Psalm 46:10 to “Be still and know that I am God.” _________________________________________________________
8. How can prayer help you with your attitudes and thought processes? Proverbs 23:7 __________________________________________________
9. If prayer is talking to God as to a friend, how would you describe talking to a friend? _________________________________________________________
10. How can your relationship with God effect your relationship with others as well? Acts 4:13 _________________________________________________
11. What is the principle taught in 2 Corinthians 3:18? _____________________
12. Want to learn more about your relationship to God? Do Discover Lesson 5
13. For the advanced thinker: Answer the questions on the following page.
——-Discover Jesus 103——-
1. How have each of these three common problems effected your prayer life?
Discipline – you drift off to sleep while praying, or your prayers are hurried and general instead of focussed and specific, or you’re too busy to pray
– My problem with discipline is….
Distraction – you are praying and thinking of what to eat for breakfast, or
About who won the last ball game, etc.
– My problem with distraction is …..
Dialogue – prayer is the back and forth communion between your heart and
God’s heart. Sometimes it becomes a monologue of one.
– My problem with dialogue has been …..
2. Many people have found an exciting way to overcome these three difficulties.
If you take your Bible and read a story or any section of the Bible, like a Psalm – then read it again. Let your imagination grasp each scene and get all your senses involved. Then the experiences in the story will teach you about your own walk with God. Tell God how you would have felt; tell him how you feel. Ask God to do for you what you did for them. Ask for a revelation of Jesus like the person had, or ask God to keep you from making such a dumb mistake as they did. It’s called meditative prayer – you’re thinking and praying through the Bible story.
3. What does Revelation 1:19 imply that we should do with the things we learn through Bible study and prayer?
4. If you really wanted to talk to God as to a friend, where would you go? What posture would you take? What would you say?
5. If you want specific answers to prayer, then how should you pray? How have you been praying? 1 John 5:14,15
6. What are you going to do to make your conversations with God more meaningful?
For Further Study: Discover 11, 14