VIEWPOINTS FOR SUNDAY, 4TH OF OCTOBER 2015

THEME FOR THE MONTH: Living Prayerfully
TODAY’S TOPIC: What Prayer Is
KEY TEXT: Ps. 55:16-17
KEY VERSE: Ps. 55:17
“Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice”

INTRODUCTION
Thank God, for how He took us these last two months on how we could maintain an intimate relationship with Him as a Father. Since one of the major ingredients in any relationship is communication, we intend to look at the art and habit of communicating with the Father. This lesson we trust God to use in shaping our understanding of the term, “prayer”.

PRAYER IS A RELATIONSHIP
Very many persons have a vague or unclear understanding of prayer. Most people believe it is simply a means of ‘talking’ to God. Prayer, however, is more than that. Prayer is NOT just talking to God, but CONNECTING WITH GOD. Now, that phrase means to ASSOCIATE with God in a relationship. The Hebrew word for “pray” in our key text is “śı̂yach”. It means to commune or converse with someone. You see, it is very impossible to keep a relationship when you and the other party are not in talking terms. In a relationship, one party does not do the talking; all parties do the discussion. It is a give and take thing. Read Habakkuk 2:1-2. From here, it is clear that Habakkuk waited on (prayed to) God first. Then, God responded.

If you can call your earthly dad just to say hi, then you can do that to God. That is what being in a relationship means: you deliberately want to talk to the other person. As a Christian, your Father wants to speak to you. Erase the funny mentality that God is just a provider. Let Him be a Friend—your Friend.
Read also: Isa. 65:24; Jer. 29:12; Psa.91:15

PRAYER IS A CONNECTION
Whenever you pair or connect two phones via Bluetooth, what happens? Information can be sent between both phones. That is how prayer works for the believer. Prayer is like the Bluetooth connection. It enables sharing between God and His people. It is very clear and evident that God intends to keep connection with His Children. He wants to discuss with us. Read Jer. 33:3. Notice that God said He would answer and show (reveal) things to us.

During conversations with your earthly father, you might have learned a secret or two about something or about someone. That is How God works with His Children. Anytime you pray to God, deliberately expect Him to speak to you about anything.
Read also:Psa. 25:14; Amos 3:7; Jn.15:15

FURTHER STUDY:
Gen. 18:17-19; Psa. 119:18; Matt. 16:17; Prov. 3:6; Psa. 32:8; Rev. 3:20

theTASK:
* Read through Psa. 142:1-7

PRAYERS:
1. Thank God for giving us His word.
2. Ask that the Lord will keep and grow His word in you.
3. Pray that God opens your eye to see the importance of prayers.
4. Ask that God breathe upon you with the Spirit of prayers.
5. Secure the month of October by the blood of Jesus.
6. Pray for your spiritual growth and advancement.
7. Pray for the salvation of your friends and family members.
8. Pray for all those born in the month of October.
9. Pray for all Codites who are currently schooling.
10. Individual Prayer requests.
11. Thank God for answers.

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