A Reflective Study of
The Necessity of Prayer by E.M. Bounds & With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray
Reflection Questions and Leaders’ Guide written by Rodney Jetton
To Ed Kleiman of Pray Bold ministries, (www.praybold.org) who the Lord sent to help me get back on the narrow way after I allowed my pride to take me down the broad way that leads to destruction. Since 2010 Ed has encouraged me to stay close to the Lord by reading my Bible and praying. His teaching, encouragement, and prayer conferences have been a huge help in my spiritual walk, and I am so very grateful to God for bringing him and his ministry into my life.
Overview of Course
This course has been designed to explore the promises in God’s Word regarding prayer by reading as authors E.M. Bounds and Andrew Murray reveal what Jesus said about prayer in the Bible. Too many Christians in today’s churches spend little time in prayer, resulting in few obtaining the joy and power of answered prayer. Many live in a sea of doubt about their faith and wonder if God really answers prayer.
Our Savior not only spent much of His ministry in prayer, but also left detailed instructions on how we were to pray. Prayer was of primary importance when the Lord was teaching the disciples how to live the Christian life. This nine week course will help you better explore the teachings of our Lord in this most vital area of our Christian walk and most importantly, it will require you to spend time praying!
We will start with examining The Necessity of Prayer by E.M. Bounds. These 14 chapters will help us understand why prayer is so important in the believer’s life. Each day we will read a single chapter and answer the reflection questions. These 14 days should increase our faith that God hears and answers the prayers of His obedient servants, while adding a newfound desire and fervency to our petitions.
After 14 days, we will begin looking at Andrew Murray’s 31 lessons in, With Christ In the School of Prayer. Our faith in God’s promises to answer our prayers will grow as we finish each of these lessons. As we focus on what the Master taught about fasting, forgiveness, perseverance and boldness in our prayers, our desire to spend more time with the Lord will increase. We will finish with the command to become intercessors responsible for bringing the kingdom of God and His blessings to our fellow man here on earth.
Each week we will meditate on our Lord’s words by memorizing a scripture verse dealing with His instructions or promises concerning prayer. Hiding Jesus’s words in our heart will assist in strengthening our faith in the promise of answered prayer. It has been said that any habit can be formed after 21 days. It is our hope that the reading and prayer required in this course over the next 49 days will help us all form a habit of daily meditating on God’s word as we take our petitions to the Lord.
All of us need to earnestly seek the Lord during these nine weeks by reading God’s word and spending time with Him in prayer. We must ask the Master to send His Holy Spirit to lead us during these lessons on communicating with our Lord.
How to Use This Workbook
We have included all the necessary reading (entire books) from E. M. Bounds and Andrew Murray’s books in this workbook. Each day has a new chapter followed by the reflection questions and answers. It is designed for recruits to read the chapter, answer the questions, study the weekly memory verse and spend time in prayer asking God to implant His words in our hearts. The workbook is divided into one orientation class followed by eight separate classes on key lessons about prayer (total of 9 classes). After each seven-day period there will be a class section. The final class will be a testimony time where new prayer warriors can share their answered prayers and the key lessons they learned in the class.
We encourage recruits to highlight, underline or make notes in this workbook as God reveals His insights on prayer in our lives. Each day’s reflection questions will leave space for writing our impressions on how to implement what we learned about Christ’s teachings on prayer.
This class is designed for no more than eight participants and is most effective with three to six participants. It takes time to effectively share testimonies, learn the memory verse and pray for each other’s needs, and any group larger than eight will make that difficult. We also recommend that recruits pick an accountability partner from the group so they can go over the daily reflection questions and keep each other on track with their reading and daily prayer time.
Five Parts in Every Class
Each class is designed to take approximately one hour and we recommend breaking it into five separate segments. (This is only a guide, as you should allow the Holy Spirit to lead each class.) We will discuss the key points from the week’s readings and share what we learned (15 min.) before giving testimonies of our answered prayers (15 min.). Next, we will spend a few minutes memorizing the weekly scripture verse (10 min.) before previewing next week’s class (5 min.). We will finish by praying for all the recruits in the class (15 min.).
- Opening Prayer
- Lessons Learned
- Scripture Memory
- Next Class Preview
- Prayer for Recruits
We encourage recruits to immerse each day’s reading in prayer as we focus on the reflection questions. Also, take time to contemplate the weekly Word, Theme and Scripture verse. We recommend bringing your Bible to all classes and to have it handy when doing your daily reading. We have also added a chronological New Testament daily reading plan for the four gospels, and believe reading the story of Jesus’s ministry as he taught about the Christian life and prayer will reinforce the daily lessons
|Overview of Course|
|How to Use this Book|
|E.M. Bounds- The Necessity of Prayer|
|Day 1- Prayer and Faith|
|Day 2- Prayer and Faith (continued)|
|Day 3- Prayer and Trust|
|Day 4- Prayer and Desire|
|Day 5- Prayer and Fervency|
|Day 6- Prayer and Importunity|
|Day 7- Prayer and Importunity (continued)|
Class 1 – Word– Faith
Theme – Prayer is Faith in God
Verse– Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. -Mark 11:24
|Day 8 – Prayer and Character and Conduct|
|Day 9 – Prayer and Obedience|
|Day 10- Prayer and Obedience (continued)|
|Day 11- Prayer and Vigilance|
|Day 12- Prayer and the Word of God|
|Day 13- Prayer and the Word of God (continued)|
|Day 14- Prayer and the House of God|
Class 2 – Word– Obedience
Theme– God hears the Prayers of an Obedient Child
Verse– The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. – James 5:16
|Andrew Murray- The School of Prayer|
|Day 15- The Only Teacher|
|Day 16- True Worshippers|
|Day 17- Alone with God|
|Day 18- The Model Prayer|
|Day 19- The Certainty of the Answer to Prayer|
|Day 20- The Infinite Fatherliness of God|
|Day 21- The All-Comprehensive Gift|
Class 3- Word– Answer
Theme– Everyone Who Asks Receives
Verse– Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.- Matthew 7:7-8
|Day 22- The Boldness of God’s Friends|
|Day 23- Prayer Provides Laborers|
|Day 24- Prayer Must Be Definite|
|Day 25- The Faith That Takes|
|Day 26- The Secret of Believing Prayer|
|Day 27- The Cure of Unbelief|
|Day 28- Prayer and Love|
Class 4- Word– Belief
Theme– Have faith in the promisor.
Verse– 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.- Mark 11:22-23
|Day 29- The Power of United Prayer|
|Day 30- The Power of Persevering Prayer|
|Day 31- Prayer in Harmony with the Being of God|
|Day 32- Prayer in Harmony with the Destiny of Man|
|Day 33- Power for Praying and Working|
|Day 34- The Chief Purpose of Prayer|
|Day 35- The All-Inclusive Condition|
Class 5 – Word– Abide
Theme– The chief object of prayer is God’s glory.
Verse– If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. – John 15:7
|Day 36- The Word and Prayer|
|Day 37- Obedience: The Path to Prayer|
|Day 38- The All-Powerful Plea|
|Day 39- The Holy Spirit and Prayer|
|Day 40- Christ the Intercessor|
|Day 41- Christ the High Priest|
|Day 42- Christ the Sacrifice|
|Class 6- Word– Fruit
Theme– Faith and obedience lead to fruit bearing.
Verse– Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. – John 15:16
|Day 43- Our Boldness in Prayer|
|Day 44- The Ministry of Intercession|
|Day 45- A Life of Prayer|
|Day 46- George Muller: Prayer and the Will of God|
|Day 47- George Muller: Prayer and the Glory of God|
|Day 48- George Muller: Prayer and the Trust of God|
|Day 49- George Muller: Prayer and the Word of God|
|Class 7- Word– Intercession
Theme– Believing and persistent prayer for His kingdom.
Verse– And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. – 1 John 5:14-15
|Class 8 – Testimony Time|
|Further Study –A list of resources on prayer|
|Sample Monthly Prayer Calendar|
|Sample Church Prayer List|
|Jesus’ Prayer Promises|
|10 Conditions of Answered Prayer|
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