Lesson 2: True Prayer Defined | Answers

Prayer is heart to heart ___COMMUNION____ with Christ as ___INDIVIDUALS___ and with __GROUPS___.

Personal check up. Are your prayers welcoming Christ into your marriage, your family, your circle of Christian friends and your church? Are you experiencing Christ actively in charge of each of these relationships?

  1. What is the usual prayer meeting like?
  2. Life changing prayer defined.
    1. "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." Rev. 3:20.
      "I doubt that I know of a passage in the whole Bible that throws greater light upon prayer than this one does. It is, it seems to me, the key which opens the door into the holy and blessed realm of prayer." (O. Hallesby, Prayer, 11)
      "To pray is nothing more involved than to let ___JESUS____ into our needs. To pray is to give Jesus ___PERMISSION___ to employ His powers in the alleviation of our ___DISTRESS____.
      To pray is to let Jesus glorify His name in the midst of our ___NEEDS___." (Hallesby, 12)
    2. Read Matthew 18:1-4 and see what happened when the disciples let Jesus into their need. How was this different from the prayers we usually pray about loved ones who need to change?
    3. Christ is the only ____FOUNDER____ of a religious faith who has risen from the dead and is able ___TO___ ___TAKE___ ___CHARGE___ of His followers. He is able to listen to our ___PRAYERS___, ___TALK___ us and ____GUIDE____ us.
  3. Focusing Our Prayers

     

    1. Christ seeks permission to enter our private world because people usually give Him only ____LIMITED____ access to their inner life.
    2. In ___PRIVATE____ prayer we invite Christ into our ___PRIVATE_______ life.
    3. When we pray together we invite Christ into our _RELATIONSHIPS___.
    4. Let's aim to make Christ completely at ___HOME___ in all our ___RELATIONSHIPS____ as believers.
    5. When Christ is completely at home in our ___HOMES___ and our ___CHURCHES___, He creates a __KIND____ of ___COMMUNITY____.
    6. Christ is our ___LIFE___.
    7. Our prayers can give Him the ___PREEMINENCE___ in our marriage, our prayer groups and our church.
  4. Lack of prayer __CUTS___ __US___ ___OFF____ from God.