Opening Prayer –Lord increase our faith.
Word – Faith
- What are two ways to increase faith? _____________________, _______________________
- What are some obstacles to effective prayer? _________________, ______________________
- What does Bro. Bounds call the ‘menace to private prayer’? ____________________________
- What types of things lessen fervency? ______________________, ______________________ ________________________________, _________________________________________
- What does importunate mean? __________________________________________________
- What kinds of actions repel importunate prayer? ____________________________________, __________________________________, _______________________________________
Key – Prayer is faith in God
Testimonies– What prayers did God answer for you this week?
Class 1 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
Next Class Preview–
Theme – God hears the Prayers of an Obedient Child
Verse– The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. – James 5:16
Prayer for Students–
- Time to Pray Each Day
- A Desire for Prayer
- A Clear Mind During Prayer
- Request Faith
- Pray, read God’s word
- Fear, doubt
- Wandering thoughts
- Prosperity, success, ease, prominence
- Urgent or persistent in solicitation, sometimes annoyingly so
- Love of ease, spiritual indolence, religious slothfulness
Focus – This week’s focus is to show how important faith is to answered prayer.
Theme – Prayer is faith in God.
- Open class in prayer.
- Make sure to go over the class 1 review questions and stress the key points listed below.
- Discuss the illustrations Bounds used from the New Testament.
- Share testimonies of answered prayers.
- Memorize the week’s Bible verse – Mark 11:24.
- If time permits, have the recruits share the answers from a few of the key personal response questions during week two.
- Preview next week- word, theme and key points.
- Pray for recruits and any other requests.
Key Points –
- All prayer requires faith and faith turns to trust.
- Desire for an answer improves faith and our faith can be increased. It is like a muscle that grows bigger and stronger with use.
- Fervency urges us on to pray more.
- Jesus taught us to never stop praying until we receive an answer.
Key illustrations –
- Parable of the friend seeking bread – Luke 11: 5-8.
- Parable of the unjust judge – Luke 18:1-8.
- Story of Syrophenician woman asking Jesus for healing – Mark 7:24-30.
- Story of blind men calling to Jesus for healing – Matthew 9:27-31.
Key personal reflection questions for discussion –
- Ask recruits to share their answer to questions 7 and 8 on day 5.
- Ask recruits to share their answer to questions 7 and 8 on day 6.