VIEWPOINTS FOR SUNDAY, 18TH OF OCTOBER 2015

Bible Study

THEME FOR THE MONTH: Living Prayerfully
TODAY’S TOPIC: What Prayer Is Not
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
God’s endless Grace saw us through last lesson on what prayer is. It is now clear that prayer is more than an act. It is a connection, a union. Today we tend to look at certain misconceptions of prayer.

1. PRAYER IS NOT AN ACT
Prayer, unlike many people have thought, is not an act. Prayer, on the contrary, is meant to be a habit. In fact, it is meant to be a lifestyle. Read Rom. 1:9; 1Thess. 5:17. It is expected the Christian communicates with his Father regularly, just as a child would love to talk to their parent. The same way children report all cases to their parents, Christians should pray (talk to God) about everything. Read Prov. 3:5,6. God must be aware of every part of our lives.
Read also: Prov. 16:3; Phil. 4:6

2. PRAYER IS A NOT JUST A REQUEST
People think that the times one should pray only when they have needs that should be met. That is actually the thinking of a baby Christian. You do not go to your father only to make requests. Sometimes you just want to talk to him. That is how Christianity should look like. Prayers could be made just to appreciate God for something. It could be that you just want to greet Him. It could be something esle.
Read: Acts 10:9; Eph. 6:18; Mark 6:46

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