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PRAYER:

Father, Jesus once said, “If you’ve seen Me, you’ve seen the Father.” (John 14:9). He also said that He did not come to do His will, but Your will. Every place He went, He was willing to meet the needs of all who would just believe. Believing is so important in God’s Word, and concerning learning more of Him and His will. I know that belief is not a feeling; it is an unwavering choice. Therefore, Father, in spite of how we feel when we pray help us to pray always; I choose to believe. I know that You are faithful and that Your Word is true. In You we have confident hope. I fully expect that this day and this study will bring a greater hope in our lives, and Your Word will be fulfilled in our life. This we pray in Jesus’ name. AMEN.

Lesson 1: Jesus believed that prayer works.

Matt. 21:22, Matt. 7:7-11, Mark 9:28-29, Mark 11:24, John 14:13-14, John 15:7, John 15:16, John 16:23-24

We often read biographies of great people to learn the secrets of their lives. When you read the biographies of Jesus’ life, the gospels, you learn one of his great secrets. Jesus modeled prayer. If he prayed, we need to pray. If he needed time alone with God, we need time alone with God. We need to emulate what he did.

Obviously and practically, Jesus believed that prayer works. Let me say it again, Jesus believed in prayer. Jesus knew the effectiveness and the power of prayer. Obviously, he had an intimate relationship with the Father, like we will never know or experience. Yet from Jesus’ example we can still have the same motivation and desire to spend time with the Father. We, too, need to believe in prayer.

Sometimes our motivation to pray is quenched because we doubt that our prayers will work or make any difference. The evil one chides us into believing: “Prayer doesn’t work, so why pray at all.” We link, all too frequently, prayer requests and prayer answered and miss the main business of prayer and that is conversation, dialogue, the building and maintaining of a relationship with our Heavenly Father. If we reduce prayer to nothing more that asking for things, we are no different than the spoiled child that comes to their parent only to make demands.

Yet making requests is one of the needed aspects of prayer. One cannot ignore or take lightly the boldness and confidence with which Jesus spoke about prayer.

Over and over again he communicated the effectiveness of prayer.
• Matt. 21:22; 7:7-11
• Mark 11:24
• John 14:13-14; 15:7; 15:16; 16:23-24

Jesus taught that prayer works. But let’s not interpret his words from a pedagogical point of view. Let’s also hear his words from a paternal point of view. Jesus encourages us to pray because God, like a father, is overjoyed to meet the needs and fill the requests of a loving and obedient child. Obviously the positive answers to our prayers come when we are praying for his kingdom to expand, his will to be done, and his name to be glorified. In other words, God is most pleased and delighted to answer requests that see his family increase in size, his desires accomplished on earth, and his name promoted among the nations. Pray for family matters.

Jesus believed and acted on the confidence that God answered his prayers. We, too, can have that same confidence. Once we understand the mind and heart of Jesus and then pray accordingly. Then when our prayers are being answered it will only give us more confidence and boldness to pray for even greater things.

Belief:
• Belief is the foundation of faith. Actually, it’s the most important factor of faith, because faith cannot exist without it. (2 Corinthians 4:13)
• All belief are based upon references. Learn to train your mind to focus on references that are in line with God’s promises. (Matthew 12:35; Romans 12:2)
• Learn how to program your reticular activating system. God designed your brain to be trained.
• Doubt and belief cannot co-exist. For faith to work, belief must be absolutely unwavering. (James 1:6-7).

The first step to praying like Jesus is to believe in the incredible power of prayer. Do you believe in it?

Week # 1 PRIVATE DEVOTION TIME:

Morning Devotions (Mark 1:35-38)
“And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. 36 And Simon and they that were with him followed after him.
37 And when they had found him, they said unto him, All men seek for thee.
38 And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth.”


Week # 1 NOTABLE PRAYERS:

Abraham (Genesis 18:23)
And the LORD said, because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; 21 I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know. 22 And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD. 23 And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? 24 Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? 25 That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? 26 And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes. 27 And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the LORD, which am but dust and ashes: 28 Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it.

Week # 1 QUESTION:
1). Our notable prayer for this week says, “Abraham did what before he prayed?” (vv. 22, 23) Explain.
2). How did Abraham demonstrate his relationship with God?
3). What is a solitary place?

Week # 1 PRAYER FOCUS:
To be in God’s presence to pray with a grateful heart

APPLY IT: A Daily Quiet Time with God

Week # 1 THOUGHT4TODAY:
“If you have never had any distractions you don’t know how to pray” (by Thomas Merton)

Week # 1 Reading Assignments………Book of Genesis Week # 1……Chapters 1-5


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I thank God for this study because it will help me to stay focus on this new job. Praying changes things, I know that from past experiences, but we get slack when it comes to praying about everything, I mean everything. I am in a spiritual warfare now. Please pray for me, thank you.


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This Week’s Prayer………….

Father, Jesus once said, “If you’ve seen Me, you’ve seen the Father.” (John 14:9). He also said that He did not come to do His will, but Your will. Every place He went, He was willing to meet the needs of all who would just believe. Believing is so important in God’s Word, and concerning learning more of Him and His will. I know that belief is not a feeling; it is an unwavering choice. Therefore, Father, in spite of how we feel when we pray help us to pray always; I choose to believe. I know that You are faithful and that Your Word is true. In You we have confident hope. I fully expect that this day and this study will bring a greater hope in our lives, and Your Word will be fulfilled in our life. This we pray in Jesus’ name. AMEN.


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Scripture Sharing………..

Matthew 6:9-13
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Matthew 21:22
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

Matthew 7:7-11
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

Mark 11:24
Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

John 14:13-14
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

John 15:7
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 15:16
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 16:23-24
And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. 24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.


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Week # 1 Praying Like Jesus………………

These lessons get better as we go. There are so much to learn about Jesus and His prayer life. Our reading assignment is the book of Genesis because it’s the beginning of all things. Prayer is a beginning in our relationship with God. God through Jesus’ life encourages us to pray always. Jesus left a legacy for us concerning our relationship with the Father through prayer. Praying is talking to God, meditating on His Word, worshipping Him through songs and praises, and much more; also, its trusting God in whom He is. Adam trusted God and communicated with Him in the cool of the day every day (Genesis 3:8) Amen. I had to learn to pray, talk with God any time I felt the need to talk to my Father. That is praying! Jesus practiced that all the time. Praying like Jesus is talking with the Father in a relationship. Talking, but listen is a must in our prayer life.


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PRIVATE DEVOTION TIME:

Morning Devotions (Mark 1:35-38)
“And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. 36 And Simon and they that were with him followed after him.
37 And when they had found him, they said unto him, All men seek for thee. 38 And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth.”


Jesus found time to get alone with His Father and worship Him in prayer. This one is a morning time with the Father. There is also morning times, evening times, or just talking in your ever day routine time, amen. Praying like Jesus means, finding time to be alone with God just as He intended from the beginning in Genesis 3:8. If you want to have a prayer life like Jesu, you must get into the presence of God, the divine presence Genesis 28:15; this is a comfort for all children of God, all creation as well. We need private devotion time with the Lord. Plan a time to spend with your Father in heaven daily, amen.


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This Week’s NOTABLE PRAYERS:

Abraham (Genesis 18:23)
And the LORD said, because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; 21 I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know. 22 And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD. 23 And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? 24 Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? 25 That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? 26 And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes. 27 And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the LORD, which am but dust and ashes: 28 Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it.

Read this week’s notable prayer.


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QUESTIONS:
1). Our notable prayer for this week says, “Abraham did what before he prayed?” (vv. 22, 23) Explain.

He entered into a (solitary place), he drew near to God, and talked with God as he interceded for others.

2). How did Abraham demonstrate his relationship with God?

Abraham demonstrated his relationship with God by staying before God in a solitary place, and by his faith in God. He believed and trusted God enough to pray to Him.

3). What is a solitary place?

A solitary place is a place that one chooses to spend time alone with God; Moses, Elijah and David gives us testimonies of their times of solitude with God. Moses was on the back side of the desert when God spoke to him through the burning bush; David was out in the field watching sheep and writing Psalms; Elijah discovered God tends to whisper, as he was at the entrance of a cave. Those who walk with God will tell you, God does not ordinarily shout to make Himself known.


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PRAYER FOCUS:

To be in God’s presence to pray with a grateful heart


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APPLY IT: Daily Quiet Time with God

Father God, hear my prayers and let my cry come before You in Jesus’ name. Father God, I honor my time with You each morning; I am praying that my time with You will extend to evenings and nightly as well in Jesus’ name. During my daily quiet time with You I will not turn on the TV, listen to music, or communicate with anyone but You. Help this to be so each day I live, because I want to pray like Your Son Jesus prayed. Holy Spirit, teach me to pray, and please pray through me to my Father in Heaven. During my quiet time I will read Your Word, read a personal devotion, sing a song, memorize a scripture, focus on spiritual goals, ultimate goals, and speak positive things into my life, AMEN.

This can be early in the morning, mid-day, evening, and late night, your choice. Choose a time to spend with the Lord daily.


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Prayer request today:

Pray that we would recognize that government is appointed by God and thereby designed to accomplish His purposes. (Romans 13:1) “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”


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THOUGHT4TODAY:

“If you have never had any distractions you don’t know how to pray” (by Thomas Merton)


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Over and over again Jesus communicated the effectiveness of prayer.

Matthew 21:22
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

Matthew 7:7-11
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

Mark 11:24
Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

John 14:13-14
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

John 15:7
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 15:16
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 16:23-24
And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. 24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.


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I am working on my reading assignment now...................................


Reading Assignments………Book of Genesis Week # 1……Chapters 1-5


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Word of Knowledge:

I am involved in each moment of your life. I have carefully mapped out every inch of your journey through this day, even though most of it may feel haphazard. Because the world is in a fallen condition, things always seem to be unraveling around the edges. Expect to find trouble in this day. At the same time, trust that My way is perfect, even in the midst of such messy imperfection. Stay conscious of Me as you go through this day, remember that I never leave your side. Let My Holy Spirit guide you step by step, protecting you from unnecessary trials and equipping you to get through whatever must be endured. As you trudge through the sludge of this fallen world, keep your mind in heavenly places with Me. Thus the Light of My Presence shines on you, giving you Peace and Joy that circumstances cannot touch. To My child

Psalm 18:30; Isaiah 41:13; Psalm 36:9


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