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How To Pray As A Christian is a Discipleship Bible study that covers not only how to pray and express worship to God, but why and when. The bible study also dispels some rather silly false teachings about prayer and worship.

Online Christian Discipleship School LifeCycle Series B1

How To Pray As A Christian

Instructions:  You can use the course online or print each lesson and fill in the blanks.  If you're taking these courses with the goal of receiving a diploma or becoming a member of Web-Church, you must answer and file a copy of each lesson to submit to Web-Church once you've completed all lessons.  If you wish to make a file copy, you can highlight the text and paste it into a text file.  Pay close attention to any affirmations, commitments or Bible memory verses at the end of lessons.  These are included to help cement the lesson content into your life.

Welcome to the LifeCycles Discipleship series Growing.  Spiritual growth is often difficult and painful, but offers great rewards.  In this session, we will cover 4 lessons 1.  How to Pray As A Christian,  2.  How To Study The Bible,  3.  Meaning Of Christian Stewardship,  4.  What About Church Attendance?  This is where the Christian "seedlings" begin to be separated between those who will grow and those who will wither and die.  Many think they can avoid the work of growth, because it's a natural process, but...Growth is natural, but not automatic.

Spiritual growth requires T________ (I Ti 4:7), T________ (He 5:14) and more T________ (I Co 9:25). 

What is Spiritual maturity? __________________________ (Gen 1:26, I Jn 4:17, Ro 8:29, II Co 3:18, Ep 4:13) 

Many people get to a point where they're satisfied with their Spiritual development and stop working on it.  The training is over when we're like Jesus all the time.

Until I'm like Jesus, I have to keep cultivating the four elements of growth (Prayer, Bible, Fellowship, Stewardship) into my life. 

Introduction:  This week's lesson is on the Sunshine of prayer. We should really call it the Sonshine of prayer because prayer lets the Son of God shine into our lives. There is far more to prayer than telling God what we want.  The famous philosopher A. Nonimous once said, "Prayer is when you talk to God. When God talks to you, it's insanity." 

What makes this statement funny is how true it is to many people. Yet, it points to a popular idea that prayer is merely speaking into the wind or mental programming of some kind, that there is no one there who might have something to say to us. But there is Someone and He wants to talk. He also wants us to express our love for Him, our thankfulness, our willingness to be led by Him, our need for His forgiveness, our need for His protection against the devil, our recognition of His relationship with us and our belief in Him. We're going to cover worship as a sub-topic of prayer. Actually, everything we do that involves the Lord is worship, from fellowship, to giving, to Bible study, etc. For the purpose of this study, we'll use a more narrow definition, involving acts of worship, like singing, kneeling, raising hands, etc. The Word says God inhabits our praise, so acts of worship really let the Son shine in our lives. Let's get started! 

1. What is prayer? Talking with God…and listening. 

2. Why should I pray?  _____ said to. Mt 5:44, Mt 26:41, Lk 6:28/ Jesus ______. Mk 6:46, Mk 14:32/ _____ prayed. Ac 10:9/ They ___ prayed. Ac 1:14/ Paul said to ____. Ro 15:31/ _____ said to. Ja 5:13/ Peter, too. I Pe 4:7/ John, too. I Jn 5:16/ Jude, too. Jude 1:20

At some point we get the clue that prayer is important. Everybody did it! Everybody said to do it!

3. When should I pray? Eph 6:18 __ ___ _________ It's very important to have a regular, private, uninterrupted prayer time. The Bible shows Jesus doing this. Daniel did it so regularly that even his enemies knew where and when he was privately praying 3 times a day. 

4. How should I pray? Be real-Mt 6:5, Be alone-Mt 6:6, Be simple-Mt 6:7, Be thankful-Ph 4:6

a. The Lord's Prayer Mt 6:9-13. This prayer was not to be repeated, but to be used as a model. Jesus said, "This, then, is ___ you should pray:

1) Acknowledge relationship. Vs 9 Our ______ in heaven.
2) Offer worship. Vs 9 ________ be your name. More on this later.
3) Submit to Him. Vs 10 Your ____ be done.
4) Make requests. Vs 11 ____ us this day.
5) Ask for forgiveness. Vs 12 _______ us our debts. (good time to ask Him to reveal our sin to us.)
6) Forgive others. Vs 12 as we _______ our debtors. (good time to ask Him who we haven't forgiven.
7) Ask for Spiritual protection. Vs 13 Deliver us from the ____ one.

Continued at How To Pray As A Christian-2

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