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Supplement To Arrows Bible Lesson – “Talking To My Best Friend”

COMPASS 1Applying Bible Verses To My Life

1. 1 Peter 3:12  NKJV

“For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

2. Psalm 66:18  NKJV

“If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

3. Proverbs 15:29  NKJV

“The Lord is far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

4. Mark 11:26  NKJV

“And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.  But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

5. Proverbs 15:8  NKJV

“The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, But the prayer of the upright is His delight.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

6. Matthew 6:12 NKJV

“And forgive us our debts,

As we forgive our debtors.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

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Talking To My Best Friend

      Talking To My Best Friend

Memory Verse: 1 Peter 3:12

Life Application: God hears the prayers of the righteous.

Prayer is communicating with God.

Communication is the exchange of information between people, a spoken or written message, and the communicating of information. Communication is essential in every part of our lives. Without it we would not achieve much. Relationships between people who do not communicate with each other fall apart. The same is true with our relationship with God. We must talk and listen to God. The dictionary defines prayer as a spoken or unspoken address to God. It may express praise, thanksgiving, confession, or a request for something such as help or somebody’s well-being.

Types Of Prayers

1. Praise – Praising God for who He is. Praise is an expression of admiration, worship and thanks to God.

2. Thanksgiving- Thanking God for what He has done and for what He is going to do. It is also a public acknowledgment of God’s goodness.

3. Requests – Asking God for something. A request is an appeal made to someone who has the power to grant it.

4. Confession – Confessing (telling) God your sins, faults or failures. Confession mean admission of wrongdoing, an open acknowledgment of feelings, an admission of having done something wrong, admission of guilt, and a declaration of sins to God. The most important pray that a person can ever pray is a prayer of repentance. It is the only prayer that God will hear from a sinner.

Psalm 66:18  NKJV    “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.”

Proverbs 15:29  NKJV    “The Lord is far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous.”

      The Bible tells us that if we sin, or have injustice, unforgiveness or immorality in our lives that God will not hear us. Sin separates a person from God – fellowship with God is cut off. If we do not forgive others, God will not forgive us of our sins.

Mark 11:26  NKJV    ““And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your tresspasses”

Prayers Of The Righteous

     God hears the prayers of the righteous. The Bible tells us that God see the righteous and that He hears their prayers. Righteous can be described as “right standing” with God. When we are in right standing with God we know that God will hear and answer our prayers.

1 Peter 3:12  NKJV    “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil”

Proverbs 15:8  NKJV    “The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, But the prayer of the upright is His delight.”

     God knows what we need before we ask, and He wants to meet our needs. However, He wants us to take an active part in His plans. Our part is to pray. We must leave the results up to God. He will always answer our prayers in one of three ways: yes, no, or wait. No is an answer that we do not like to hear, however when God tells us no He has a reason for it.

Romans  8:28  NKJV    “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

 Intercession 

God desires for us to be concerned about others. It is important for us to pray for them, both the saved and the unsaved. When we pray for others it is called intercession. The definition of intercession is the action of pleading on somebody’s behalf, the action of attempting to settle a dispute, and a prayer to God on behalf of somebody or something. Intercession is also referred to as standing in the gap. In Ezekiel 22 God wanted Ezekiel to stand in the gap for the people in Jerusalem.

Ezekiel 22:30  NKJV    “So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.”

The Lord’s Prayer

Jesus gave us an example of prayer in Matthew 6:9-13. We call it the Lord’s Prayer.

Matthew 6:9-13  NKJV

“In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed be Your name.

Your kingdom come.

Your will be done

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

And forgive us our debts,

As we forgive our debtors.

And do not lead us into temptation,

But deliver us from the evil one.

For  Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”

*  Address God.

(Examples: Dear Father, Our Father, Heavenly Father, Abba Father, Father, Lord, Dear Lord)

*  Praise God for who He is and thank Him for what He has already done.

(Examples: Thank-you for this day, Thank-you for Your love, Thank-you for Your mercy)

*  Pray for others – present their needs to God.

(Examples: heal Your people, save my family, provide for the hungry, thy kingdom come)

*  Pray for yourself.

(Examples: Give me strength to do what is right, Help me to obey You, Fill me with Your Holy Spirit, Forgive me of my sin, Cause me to listen to my parents and teachers, Help me to overcome temptation)

*  Words of praise to God.

(Examples: I praise and worship You, Bless Your name, I praise You, I exalt Your name)

*  End in Jesus’ name.

When we end a prayer in Jesus’ name it means “in the authority of Jesus“.

Review Questions And Fill-In-The Blanks

1. What is prayer?

2. What is your definition of communication?

3. What happens to relationships where there is no communication?

4. We must talk and __________________ to God.

5. What is praise?

6. Thanksgiving is thanking God for what He ____________   _____________and for what He is going to do.

7. Confession mean admission of _____________________________, an open acknowledgment of feelings, an admission of having done something wrong, admission of guilt, and a declaration of ______________ to God.

8. What do the following verses say?

Psalm 66:18

Proverbs 15:29

Mark 11:26

1 Peter 3:12

Proverbs 15:8

9.God wants us to take an active part in His _____________________.

10. What are the three ways that God answers prayer?

11. According to Romans 8:28, all things work together for who?

12. Who does God want us to pray for?

13. What is intercession?

14. Read the following Bible verses and write down who or what are we to pray for.

1 Timothy 2:1-2

Mark 14:37

2 Peter 3:9

Matthew 9:37

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