VIEWPOINTS FOR SUNDAY, 12TH OF JUNE 2016

Bible Study

THEME FOR THE MONTH: The Place of Prayer
TODAY’S TOPIC: The Need for Prayer
KEY TEXT: Matt. 7:7-11
KEY VERSE: Matt. 7:11
“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”

INTRODUCTION
We thank God who saw us through the Prayer Conference last week. It was indeed a season of lessons. We thank Him for his presence and promises. We pray that the lessons that sprang up from that meeting be indelible in our lives in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Today, however, and in the coming weeks, we shall be covering our focus for the just concluded Prayer Conference. Most of the things discussed that were not finished, and the things which should have been discussed are what we will consider during the course of this lesson.

Welcome to a new theme, “The Place of Prayer”. We entreat all to be very focused during the period of this study. We believe that God is set to build the prayer life of anyone. However, whom God chooses will be determined by who chose God.

ENJOY!

1. WHAT IS PRAYER? (Matt. 7:11)
According to the scripture above, prayer, simply put, is asking from God. Nevertheless, on a wider term, one could view prayer as communicating with God. Better still, you can see it as relating with God. Now, from the words used in this definition (relate, communicate, ask, and to add, converse), we see that prayer involves two parties. While one party is at the receiving end, the other gives. Prayer is NOT a one-way communication channel. If you only talk to God about requests, then you are in the lowest level of prayer. You know you have started growing in prayers when you notice that you are now “praying always with all prayer and supplication” (Eph. 6:18). You have started growth is prayer, when you have begun to pray “night and day” (Luke 2:37). Night and day does not just mean the time of the day. It mean in good times and in bad times.
Read also: Col. 4:2; 1Thess. 5:17; 2Tim. 1:3

2. WHY PRAY? (1Thess. 5:17)
There is always a reason for every action done. If you must pray, if all Christians must, why must they? Listed below are some of the reasons why we must pray as Christians:

  • Prayer is a command we must obey (1Thess. 5:17; Col.4:2; 1Peter 4:7)
  • Prayer prepares us for the end (Luke 21:36)
  • Prayer commands boldness and power (Mk. 1:34-35; Acts 4:31)
  • Prayer facilitates spiritual growth (Jer. 33:3)
  • Prayer shields against evil (1Cor. 7:5)
  • Prayer is our only channel to talk to, report to or discuss with God (Phil. 4:6)
  • Prayer is the believer’s medicine (James 5:15), etc
  • ScriptureQuote:
    “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.”
    —Martin Luther


    FURTHER STUDY:
    1Tim. 5:5; 1Thess. 3:10; James 5:16

    theTASK:
    Supposing you lost something valuable at home, narrate all the steps you would take to recover it.

    PRAYERS:

    1. Thank God for His word
    2. Seek the Mercy of God for today
    3. Father, gift me with a heart of prayer
    4. Father help me grow in the place of prayer
    5. Let the grace of God keep COD and Codites nationwide
    6. Rebuke every agenda of the devil against Codites or their families this week
    7. Bless your week

    REMINDER:

  • We thank God for the presence in the Prayer Conference that was concluded last weekend. Let us keep the lessons and the fire afresh in our spirits.
  • Continue to pray for all Codites.
  • Our Cultural Sunday comes up on the 31st of July, 2016. Preparations have started already. Most of us would receive alerts for one thing or the other during this time. Stay connected.
  • Other announcements would be wired via the Whatsapp Portal

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