Communicating with God: Prayer and Praise
1. In Jeremiah 33:3, what does God tell us to do, and what does He say He will do?
Some people say that Jeremiah 33:3 is “God’s Telephone number,” because in that verse, God tells us to “call Him up” and promises that He will answer us when we do. This is what prayer is—calling God up and talking things over with Him. However, you don’t need a telephone. The moment you turn your heart toward God and start to talk to Him, He is listening.
2. What is the first thing that Paul urges or advises, in Timothy 2:1?
Christians are like people out traveling, working for a company. We have to keep in touch with our Boss in order to be successful in our job. Many Christians get into trouble and failure because they don’t “call God up” and talk things over with Him. They just go ahead on their own and make big mistakes.
When you communicate with God, remember to cover everything that needs to be talked about. If you forget to pray about something important, you may regret it later on. The Lord’s Prayer, found in Matthew 6:9-13; is a pattern that
Jesus gave us, to help us be sure that we don’t omit anything. It suggests that when we talk with God, we should cover the following subjects:
A: Tell God our respect for Him and our loyalty to His kingdom and purpose. (Hallowed be Thy Name, Thy Kingdom come and Thy will be done).
B. Ask Him to provide for our needs (“daily bread” and other things).
C. Ask Him to forgive and correct our wrong doings (forgive our debts).
D. Promise that we will forgive those who have wronged us (as we forgive our debtors).
E. Ask Him to guide us (“lead us not into temptation”).
F. Ask Him to protect and/or rescue us from evil (“deliver us from evil”)
When covering these topics, we should go beyond the pattern-phrases of the Lord’s Prayer, and bring up the specific situations, needs and problems in our own lives. We should confess our specific sins, ask for guidance in regard to actual decisions or choices that we face (name them) and so on.
3. According to Luke 6:12, how long did Jesus pray on one occasion?
4. In Romans 8:26, who helps us to pray?
Remember that communication with God should be two-way. We should not only talk to Him, but we should also spend some time being quiet and listening for what He has to say to us.
5. According to I John 5:14, we can be confident or assured that God hears us, if we ask anything that is what?
6. In Psalm 116:1, why does the writer of this Psalm say that he loves the Lord? Why do you love the Lord?
7. According to Hebrews 13:15, what kind of sacrifice should we offer to God?
Prayer should be a regular habit; not something that we only do occasionally, whenever we happen to think of it, or when we are in trouble. The Bible emphasizes that we should pray constantly, regularly.
Along with prayer, we should spend time daily in praising God and thanking Him for what He has done. The Bible emphasizes the importance of praise. When we praise God, it uplifts our hearts and gives us the right attitude. Even when things do not seem to be going well, and we feel discouraged, we should still make the effort to praise God, because He is still watching over us in love, and will eventually make everything right if we trust Him and obey Him.
8. Why should we keep on praying even if God doesn’t give us what we ask for right away?
9. What are some of the different ways we can praise God?
Next week bring one or two examples of a song that praises God.