VIEWPOINTS FOR SUNDAY, 25TH OF OCTOBER 2015

Bible Study

THEME FOR THE MONTH: Living Prayerfully
TODAY’S TOPIC: What Prayer Involves
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
A true Christian understands the importance of praying often. He prays every time and just about everything. He understands that no relationship survives outside communication—no, not even a relationship with his Heavenly Father. However, what is it with this prayer thing? Why do we need to pray? Why must it be always too?
This is because Christianity is not possible alone. To run this race, we definitely need the help of the Father. After all, the journey seems shorter when there is someone to talk to while on it. Listed below are the reasons why we pray.


1. CONFESSION
When we read Prov. 28:13, we see that confession should be a necessary part of a Christian. We are never perfect. Therefore, when we err, we must prayerfully seek God’s forgiveness and wholeheartedly turn away from our sins. David was a man after the heart of God, not because he did not sin, but because he always confessed whenever he did. Do not wait for the pastor or elder in church; you can—in fact, you should—knee and ask for forgiveness immediately you sin against God.
Read also: Ps. 38:18; Ps. 32:5; 1Jn. 1:8-10

2. THANKSGIVING
Read Ps. 107:1. True Christians know that thanksgiving should be a lifestyle. Immediately you received deliverance from that accident; as soon as you get that admission; even before you see that promotion; or for that healing. Come on, you can just stop for a minute and ‘prayerfully’ thank God for whatever it is that you have received from Him. According to Tye Tribbett, God does not need our thanks, but He deserves it. How would you feel if you handed money to someone and they did not thank you? Disappointed, right? That is how God feels anytime you do not thank Him for what He has done for you.
Read also: Ps. 118:1; 1Thess. 5:18; 1Chrn. 16:8

3. PRAISE
Any chronic reader of the Psalms knows that it is a book of praise. Folks who truly understand the value of this GOD wrote it. They understood that this ever-faithful God deserves a never-ending praise. For instance, let us look at chapter 34 verse 1 of this book:

“I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
(Emphasis added)

Note the use of the word, “continually”. Giving praise is very different from giving thanks. We thank when we received a favour or blessing from God. We praise when we think of Him. It would be better to say it this way: we thank God for what He has done; we praise Him for Who He is! Sometimes, we just need to praise God. Just think of anything: His mercy, His promptness, His providence, His goodness, etc. Sometimes we need to praise God just because He is God.
Read also: Ps. 71:8; Ps. 145:1-2


FURTHER STUDY:
Ex. 10:16-17; Ps. 51:3-4; Ps. 147:1; Eph. 5:20; Isa. 24:15; Acts 16:25


theTASK:
* Read Ps. 138:3. You shall share with the house next week about a point in your life when prayer provided strength where you needed it.


PRAYERS:
1. Thank God for His word
2. Thank God for the privilege of prayer
3. Confess any known and unknown sin to God now. Ask Him to forgive you and show you His mercy
4. Think of one thing you have ever received from God…thank Him for it
5. Secure your week with the Blood of Jesus. Pray for your family as well
6. Pray for all Codites far and near
7. Praise God for Who He has been to you, Who He is right now to you.

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