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Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Supplement To Arrows Bible Study “I Will”

Applying Bible Verses To My Life

1. Psalm 9:1-2 NKJV

“I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works.
I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.”

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2. Deuteronomy 6:5 NKJV

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”

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3. Psalm 9:1 NKJV

“I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works.”

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4. Psalm 24:3-5 NKJV

“Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the Lord, And righteousness from the God of his salvation.”

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5. Psalm 66:18 NKJV

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

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6. Mark 1:39-45 NKJV

“And He was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons.
Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.”
Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.”
As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed.
And He strictly warned him and sent him away at once,
and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing those things which Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
However, he went out and began to proclaim it freely, and to spread the matter, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter the city, but was outside in deserted places; and they came to Him from every direction.”

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7. 1 Peter 2:9-10 NKJV

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”

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8. Revelation 19:7

“Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.”

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9. 1 Chronicles 16:23 NKJV

“Sing to the Lord, all the earth; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.”

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The Lord’s Prayer

 

THE LORDS PRAYERMemory Verse: Matthew 6:9

Life Application: Jesus gave us a pattern for prayer.

Bible Text:

Matthew 6:9-13

Proverbs 15:8

Psalm 66:18

Proverbs 15:29

Matthew 6:13

1 Corinthians 10:13

James 4:7-8

 

 

 

 

Prayer is communicating with God. When you go to God in prayer, you do not go to a stranger or to someone that does not care about you. Nor do you go to a statue that cannot see or hear, or to some impersonal deity who needs to be appeased by you. God is you father who reaches out to you in love, goodness and kindness. He knows every detail of your life and He wants you to share them with Him. He wants you to communicate with Him.

Jesus’ disciples knew that prayer was important in communicating and having a relationship with God. They also knew that prayer was powerful in moving God’s hand and changing their hearts, but when it came right down to it, they didn’t know how to pray. So, they asked Jesus to teach them to pray. In response to their request to teach them how to pray, Jesus gave them an example of how to pray. We call it the Lord’s Prayer. It is a model for our prayers.

 

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 and Praise God

Jesus opens His prayer by addressing God, then Jesus praised God.

Matthew 6:9 NKJV

“In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed be Your name.”

God deserves our praise for all He’s done for us, but also for who He is. Even if God never did anything for us, He would still be worthy of our praise. However, God is a good God, and He does so much for us. We should give Him the praise that He deserves. When we worship God, we glorify Him and prepare our hearts to hear from Him through our prayers.

 

Pray For God’s Will Be Done

When we pray we need to pray that God’s will be done, that His kingdom would be established in our lives. God’s will is done when we give Him priority and make decisions out of a desire to please Him. We need to also pray for God’s will to be done in our families’ lives, our church, and our nation.

Matthew 6:10 NKJV

“Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.”

Pray For The Needs Of Others and Ourselves

The next thing that we do is to pray for the needs of others, then ourselves. At the end of the pray, Jesus praise God again. God loves for us to come to Him in prayer and share our lives with Him. The Bible tells us that God delights in the prayers of the upright or righteous.

Matthew 6:11 NKJV

“Give us this day our daily bread.”

Pray For Forgiveness

Proverbs 15:8

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

Matthew 6:12 NKJV

“And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.”

It is important for us to ask for forgiveness when we pray. Sin keeps us from coming into fellowship or friendship with God. The Bible says that if we have sin in our lives and do not forgive others, God will not hear our prayers. If you want God to forgive you then you must forgive others.

Psalm 66:18

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

Proverbs 15:29

“The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayers of the righteous.”

Pray For Strength

Matthew 6:13 NKJV

“And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one…”

In the model of Jesus’ prayer, He prayed that when we are tempted that God will give us the strength to resist, and to help us not to fall into the same sin again.

1 Corinthians 10:13

“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

To resist temptation we must first submit to God. Next, resist the devil, and He will flee from you. If we try to resist the devil (and temptation) in our own strength, we will fail. But if we rely on God’s strength and ask Him to help us resist the devil (and temptation), we will be victorious. God has already defeated Satan, and greater is He (God) who is in us than He who is in the world.

James 4:7-8

“Therefore submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners: and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”

Don’t wait until you are faced with a specific situation that might be tempting—-ask God everyday to give you strength so that when you are faced with a temptation, you will be ready.

Pray that God will give you the strength to resist temptation so that you don’t fall into the same sin again. God’s Word doesn’t say that we won’t be tempted to sin, but it does say that when we are tempted that God has already provided a way out for us.

 

Thank God

After we resist temptation, we need to draw close to God. We start our prayer by coming into God’s presence and worshiping and praising Him for who He is and for what He has done. Now we need to draw close to Him again with worship and thanksgiving. Thanking Him for what He has done and in faith, thanking Him in advance for what He is going to do.

Matthew 6:13 NKJV

“…Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”

The Lord’s Prayer- Matthew 6:9-13

Matthew 6:9-13 NIV

“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. Forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”

When we look at the Lord’s Prayer we can see that we should pray for several things.

1. Praise / Worship

Praise God for who He is and for what He has done.

2. God’s will to be done / Submission

Pray for God’s will to be done in your life, world, family, the situations that you are praying about……

3. Needs

Present the needs of others to God, also present your needs to God.

4. Forgiveness

Ask God to forgive you of your sins and you must forgive others. Sin keeps us from coming into fellowship with God. We must ask Him to cleanse us and to forgive us so that we can have a relationship with Him. But, we must be willing to forgive others ! It is very important to forgive others.

5. Resist Temptation

Pray that you will overcome temptation.

Review

1. Jesus gave us a _______________ for prayer.

2. Prayer is communicating with God. What is communicating?

3. God is you ____________ who reaches out to you in love, goodness and kindness.

4. God knows every _____________ of your life.

5. Prayer is important in communicating and having a _______________________ with God.

6. Prayer is powerful in moving God’s hand and ____________________ _______________.

7. Jesus gave His disciples an example of how to pray. What do we call it?

8. Jesus opens His prayer by ______________________ God.

9. When we worship God, we glorify Him and ______________ _________ _____________ to hear from Him through our prayers.

10. God’s will is done can be described as what?

11. God delights in the _____________ of the upright or righteous.

12. _________ keeps us from coming into fellowship or friendship with God.

13. Why is it important for us to forgive others?

14. To resist ____________________ we must submit to God, resist the devil and draw near to God.

15. God’s Word doesn’t say that we won’t be tempted to sin, but it does say that when we are tempted that God has already provided a ____________ _____________ for us.

16. Write a prayer using the Lords Prayer as the model.

 

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Entire, Undivided, and Unimpaired

Entire, Undivided, and Unimpaired

Memory Verse: Psalm 119:10

 

Life Application: We should love and seek God with our whole heart.

 

Bible Text:

Deuteronomy 6:5

Psalm 9:1

Psalm 111:1

Hosea 10:1-2

Psalm 119:10

Psalm 119:10

Psalm 119:2

Psalm 24:3-5

Psalm 66:18

Matthew 5:8

 

People look everywhere for love. Some people turn to anything or anyone for what the world calls love. They try to fill the part of themselves that only God can fill. God desire for us to love, worship, obey, and serve Him with our whole heart. A whole heart is an entire heart, an undivided heart, and an unimpaired heart.

Entire Heart

One definition of whole is entire. An entire heart is one that leaves nothing left out. Without a question God absolutely must have every part of our heart. He desires to be close to us. Things or people will not draw us closer to God.

* We are to love God with our entire heart.

Deuteronomy 6:5 NKJV

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”

* We are to praise and worship God with our entire heart.

Psalm 9:1 NKJV

“I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works.”

 

Psalm 111:1 NKJV

“Praise the Lord! I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.”

 

Undivided Heart

A second definition of whole is undivided. An undivided heart is one that is in agreement with God and of one mind with Him. God created within each of us a “place” or “spot” that only He can fill with His love. The world, or the things of the world, can not fill the place that belongs to God. Trying to fill this spot with other things, or people, only bring heartache and sadness. Our hearts cannot long for God and the world at the same time.

Hosea 10:1-2 NKJV

“Israel empties his vine; He brings forth fruit for himself. According to the multitude of his fruit He has increased the altars; According to the bounty of his land They have embellished his sacred pillars. Their heart is divided; Now they are held guilty. He will break down their altars; He will ruin their sacred pillars.”

God had blessed Israel with many things. Instead of being thankful they failed to express or feel gratitude for all that God had done for them. Instead of worshipping God they turned to idolatry. The Israelites were untrustworthy and hypocritical. The people claimed to worship God, but their actions said something different. Their hearts longed for the things of the world more than they did God.

God want you to long for Him, and Him alone, and to seek Him with your whole heart.

Psalm 119:10 NKJV

“With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!”

 

Psalm 119:2

“Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart!”

 

Unimpaired Heart

A third definition of whole is unimpaired. An unimpaired heart is a heart not marred by sin. God is holy and does not tolerate sin (impurities). When God created man (man and woman), they were pure. When sin entered the world man’s purity and innocence was lost. God had intended for us to be pure always, but because of sin we no longer were.

We are all born into sin – we have all sinned and been made impure. But, if we accept Jesus and His gift of salvation, He makes us pure again.

* If you have sin in your heart God will not bless you.

Psalm 24:3-5 NKJV

“Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the Lord, And righteousness from the God of his salvation.”

* If you have sin in your heart God will not hear your prayers.

Psalm 66:18 NKJV

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

* If you have sin in your heart, you will not see God, however if you are pure in heart you will.

Matthew 5:8 NKJV

“Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.”

 

 

 

 

Review

1. People look everywhere for ___________.

2. Some people try to fill the part of themselves that only ________ can fill.

3. God desire for us to love, _______________, obey, and _____________ Him with our whole

 

4. What is a whole heart?

 

5. An entire heart is one that leaves ________________ left out.

6. Things or _____________ will not draw us closer to God.

7. We are to ________ God with our entire heart.

8. We are to ____________ and ______________ God with our entire heart.

9. An undivided heart is one that is in _________________ with God and of one mind with Him.

10. The world, or the things of the world, can not fill the _______________ that belongs to God.

11. Our hearts cannot long for God and the world at the _____________ time.

12. God wants you to long for Him, and Him alone, and to seek Him with your ____________ heart.

13. An unimpaired heart is a heart not marred by _________.

14. God is holy and does not ________________ sin (impurities).

15. We can have forgiveness when we _______________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________

 

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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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My Whole Heart

MY WHOLE HEARTMy Whole Heart

This event has a love or heart theme.

Memory Verse: Psalm 9:1-2 

Bible Truth: We are to love and praise God with our entire heart.

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction

People look everywhere for love. Some people turn to anything or anyone for what the world calls love. They try to fill the part of themselves that only God can fill. God desire for us to love, worship, obey, and serve Him with our whole heart. A whole heart is an entire heart, an undivided heart, and an unimpaired heart.

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. __________________________________

2. __________________________________

4. Memory Verse

Psalm 9:1-2  NKJV     “I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.” 

5. Entire Heart

One definition of whole is entire. An entire heart is one that leaves nothing left out. Without a question God absolutely must have every part of our heart. He desires to be close to us. Things or people will not draw us closer to God.

1. We are to love God with our entire heart.

Deuteronomy 6:5  NKJV     “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”

2. We are to praise and worship God with our entire heart.

Psalm 9:1  NKJV     “I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works.” 

Psalm 111:1  NKJV     “Praise the Lord! I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.”

6. Game-  Musical Chairs

Need: music and chairs (1 less than the number of players)

God desire for us to praise Him with our whole heart. We’re going to play a game of musical chairs. The last person left person left in the game will represent someone who took time to praise, worship, and serve the Lord with their whole heart.

Have the children line up beside the chairs and march around them when the music starts to play. When the music stops each child is to find a chair to sit in. The person who is left without a chair is out. Repeat process until only 1 person is left in the game.

7. Undivided Heart

A second definition of whole is undivided. An undivided heart is one that is in agreement with God and of one mind with Him. God created within each of us a “place” or “spot” that only He can fill with His love. The world, or the things of the world, can not fill the place that belongs to God. Trying to fill this spot with other things, or people, only bring heartache and sadness. Our hearts cannot long for God and the world at the same time.

Hosea 10:1-2  NKJV     “Israel empties his vine; He brings forth fruit for himself. According to the multitude of his fruit He has increased the altars; According to the bounty of his land They have embellished his sacred pillars. Their heart is divided; Now they are held guilty. He will break down their altars; He will ruin their sacred pillars.”

     Our hearts should long for the things of God more than the things of the world. God desires for you to long for Him, and Him alone, and to seek Him with your whole heart.

Psalm 119:10  NKJV     “With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!” 

Psalm 119:2NKJV     “Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart!”

8. Game – Pass The Heart Bible Verse  Relay

Need: 2 heart shaped pillow or balloon

Psalm 9:1-2  NKJV     “I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.”

     Divide the group into two teams. Each team is to line up in a row. Hand a heart to the first person in each row. They are to pass the heart to the person behind them and so on. When the heart gets to the last person in each row they are to run to the front of the line, say the Bible verse and pass the heart to the person behind them and so on. When the original first person is back in the front of the line the game is over.

9. Unimpaired Heart

A third definition of whole is unimpaired. An unimpaired heart is a heart not marred by sin. God is holy  and does not tolerate sin (impurities). When God created man (man and woman), they were pure. When sin entered the world man’s purity and innocence was lost. God had intended for us to be pure always, but because of sin we no longer were.

We are all born into sin – we have all sinned and been made impure. But, if we accept Jesus and His gift of salvation, He makes us pure again.

1. If you have sin in your heart you will not receive all the blessings that He desires to give you.

Psalm 24:3-5  NKJV     “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the Lord, And righteousness from the God of his salvation.”

2. If you have sin in your heart God will not hear your prayers.

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

3. If you have sin in your heart, you will not see God, however if you are pure in heart you will.

Matthew 5:8  NKJV     “Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.”

10. Review Game

Need: 15 index cards

Write the review questions on the cards, one question per card.

Divide the group into teams and line the teams up in rows. Place the question cards in a small box. The teams will take turns drawing questions. The first person from the first team will draw a question. If they can answer the question correctly their team will earn 1 point. If the answer is incorrect, place the card back into the box. The first person on the next team will repeat the process. Play until all questions are answered correctly or until time runs out. The team with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.

Questions and Answers

1. People look everywhere for ___________.

love

2. Some people try to fill the part of themselves that only ________ can fill.

God

3. God desire for us to love, _______________, obey, and _____________ Him with our whole heart.

worship    serve

4. What is a whole heart?

A whole heart is an entire heart, an undivided heart, and an unimpaired heart.

5. An entire heart is one that leaves ________________ left out.

nothing

6. Things or _____________ will not draw us closer to God.

people

7. We are to ________ God with our entire heart.

Love

8. We are to ____________ and ______________ God with our entire heart.

praise       worship

9. An undivided heart is one that is in _________________ with God and of one mind with Him.

agreement

10. The world, or the things of the world, can not fill the _______________ that belongs to God.

place

11. Our hearts cannot long for God and the world at the _____________ time.

same

12. God wants you to long for Him, and Him alone, and to seek Him with your ____________ heart.

whole

13. An unimpaired heart is a heart not marred by _________.

Sin

14. God is holy and does not ________________ sin (impurities).

Tolerate

15. We can have forgiveness when we _______________________________________________

13. Worship Song – ____________________________

14. Challenge /Altar

Where have you been looking for love?

Have you been looking to the world for love?

What have you been filling that place that belongs to God with?

Have you been loving, worshiping, obeying, and serving God with your whole heart?

Give the children time to pray alone and then pray for each one.

15. Refreshments or a light meal 

16. Crafts 

17. Dismissal

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I Will

I WILLI Will

Memory Verse: Psalm 9:1-2 

Life Application: Our lives must be an expression of admiration of and worship to God.

 

Psalm 9:1-2  NKJV     “I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.” 

     According to the above verse we should praise God with our whole heart, we should tell of God’s marvelous works, we should be glad and rejoice in God, and we should sing praises to God.

I. We should praise God with our whole heart.

A. Entire Heart

One definition of whole is entire. An entire heart is one that leaves nothing left out. Without a question God absolutely must have every part of our heart. He desires to be close to us. Things or people will not draw us closer to God.

1.) We are to love God with our entire heart.

Deuteronomy 6:5  NKJV     “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”

2.) We are to praise and worship God with our entire heart.

Psalm 9:1  NKJV     “I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works.”

Psalm 111:1  NKJV     “Praise the Lord! I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.”

B. Undivided Heart

A second definition of whole is undivided. An undivided heart is one that is in agreement with God and of one mind with Him. God created within each of us a “place” or “spot” that only He can fill with His love. The world, or the things of the world, can not fill the place that belongs to God. Trying to fill this spot with other things, or people, only bring heartache and sadness. Our hearts cannot long for God and the world at the same time.

Hosea 10:1-2  NKJV     “Israel empties his vine; He brings forth fruit for himself. According to the multitude of his fruit He has increased the altars; According to the bounty of his land They have embellished his sacred pillars. Their heart is divided; Now they are held guilty. He will break down their altars; He will ruin their sacred pillars.”

     God had blessed Israel with many things. Instead of being thankful they failed to express or feel gratitude for all that God had done for them. Instead of worshipping God they turned to idolatry. The Israelites were untrustworthy and hypocritical. The people claimed to worship God, but their actions said something different. Their hearts longed for the things of the world more than they did God.

God want you to long for Him, and Him alone, and to seek Him with your whole heart.

Psalm 119:10  NKJV     “With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!”

Psalm 119:10  NKJV     “With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!”

Psalm 119:2     “Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart!”

C. Unimpaired Heart

A third definition of whole is unimpaired. An unimpaired heart is a heart not marred by sin. God is holy  and does not tolerate sin (impurities). When God created man (man and woman), they were pure. When sin entered the world man’s purity and innocence was lost. God had intended for us to be pure always, but because of sin we no longer were. We are all born into sin – we have all sinned and been made impure. But, if we accept Jesus and His gift of salvation, He makes us pure again.

1.) If you have sin in your heart you will not receive true and lasting blessings from God.

Psalm 24:3-5  NKJV     “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place?  He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the Lord, And righteousness from the God of his salvation.” 

2.) If you have sin in your heart God will not hear your prayers.

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

3). If you have sin in your heart, you will not see God, however if you are pure in heart you will.

Matthew 5:8  NKJV     “Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.”

II. We should tell of God’s marvelous works.

God does many wonderful and marvelous things (acts and deeds.) We should proclaim to others what He has done. Tell means to relate events or facts, to give an account in speech or writing of events, express something, to express a particular thing in speech, inform somebody, to inform somebody of something, express something in words to somebody, to express thoughts or feelings to somebody in words

Works – acts. deeds or actions

Marvelous – amazingly impressive, extraordinarily wonderful,  extremely good

Deuteronomy 32:3-4  NKJV     “For I proclaim the name of the Lord: Ascribe greatness to our God.
He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He.”

Isaiah 60:1-6  NKJV     “Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising. “Lift up your eyes all around, and see: They all gather together, they come to you; Your sons shall come from afar, And your daughters shall be nursed at your side. Then you shall see and become radiant, And your heart shall swell with joy; Because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, The wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you. The multitude of camels shall cover your land, The dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; All those from Sheba shall come; They shall bring gold and incense, And they shall proclaim the praises of the Lord.”

Mark 1:39-45  NKJV     “And He was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons. Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed. And He strictly warned him and sent him away at once, and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing those things which Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” However, he went out and began to proclaim it freely, and to spread the matter, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter the city, but was outside in deserted places; and they came to Him from every direction.”

1 Peter 2:9-10  NKJV     “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”

III. We should be glad and rejoice in God.

Our attitude to God concerning His mercy for us and  the things that He has blessed us with should be gratitude.

Glad – delighted, happy and pleased, grateful, appreciative of or grateful for something .

Rejoice – be happy, to feel very happy or show great happiness about something.

Rejoiced in – have something desirable: to be lucky enough to have or own something.

Psalm 9:2  NKJV     “I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.” 

Psalm 31:7  NKJV     “I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy, For You have considered my trouble”

Isaiah 25:9  NKJV     “And it will be said in that day: “Behold, this is our God; We have waited for Him, and He will save us. This is the Lord; We have waited for Him; We will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.”

Revelation 19:7       Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.”

IV. We should sing praises to God.

Everywhere we go, and in everything that we do, we should praise God. We must live a life of praise. Our lives must be an expression of admiration of and worship to God.

Tell – tell about something, to praise somebody or proclaim something, especially in verse, be happy: to rejoice or be extremely happy

Praises – expression of admiration, words that express approval or admiration, e.g. for somebody’s achievements or for something’s good qualities, worship and thanks to God.

Exodus 15:21  NKJV     “And Miriam answered them: “Sing to the Lord, For He has triumphed gloriously! The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea!” 

1 Chronicles 16:23  NKJV     “Sing to the Lord, all the earth; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.”

Psalm 9:11  NKJV     “Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion! Declare His deeds among the people.”

Psalm 13:6  NKJV     “I will sing to the Lord, Because He has dealt bountifully with me.”

Psalm 135:3  NKJV     “Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; Sing praises to His name, for it is pleasant.”

Isaiah 12:5  NKJV     “Sing to the Lord, For He has done excellent things; This is known in all the earth.”

Isaiah 42:10  NKJV     “Sing to the Lord a new song, And His praise from the ends of the earth, You who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, You coastlands and you inhabitants of them!”

Review

1. We should praise God with our whole heart, we should tell of God’s _________________  _________, we should be glad and _______________ in God, and we should sing praises to God.

2. God absolutely must have ____________ part of our heart.

3. Will things or people draw us closer to God?

4. God created within each of us a place that only He can fill with His   ________________.

5. When __________ entered the world man’s purity and innocence was lost.

6. What does Psalm 66:18 say about sin in your life and prayer?

7. We should ___________________to others what God has done.

8. What does tell or proclaim mean?

9. How can I personally tell or proclaim about God and His goodness?

What examples from my life can I give?

10. What should our attitude be toward God concerning His mercy and grace?

11. When and where should we praise God?

12. Our lives must be an ___________________  ______  ___________________of and worship to God.

13. What does entire mean?

How can I personally worship God with an entire heart?

14. What does undivided mean?

How can I personally worship God with an undivided heart?

15. What does unimpaired mean?

How can I personally worship God with an unimpaired heart?

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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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