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Lessons - Monthly Archives: January 2009

Spiritual Discipline of Prayer (Part 2) – January 25, 2009

January 31st, 2009

Derrick finishes our lesson on the Spiritual Discipline of Prayer.  We reviewed Luke 11:5-13 and discussed the following:

What Should We Pray For? (a review from the previous week)

1.  We should pray that God’s reputation is revealed as holy in our lives. (Luke 11:2)

2.  We should pray that God’s love and justice reign on earth. (Luke 11:2, Matt 6:10)

3.  We should pray for daily provisions. (Luke 11:3)

4.  We should pray for forgiveness of sins. (Luke 11:4)

5.  We should pray for God to protect us from temptation. (Luke 11:4)

How Should We Pray?

Shamelessly!  Boldly!  Audaciously!  Luke 11:9-10 says… “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”

Why Should We Pray that Way?

The Father promises to answer our prayers.  The door is open, we just need to come in and ask.  But remember these things when you pray:

·         Pray – but don’t demand. (submit yourself and lay your request before Him)

·         Pursue – but don’t passively wait around.

·         Pound – but don’t kick the door in. (be bold without being obnoxious)

What if God Doesn’t Answer Your Prayers?

Some reasons why God may not answer your prayers (or why it’s not always the answer you want) might be because:

1.      You’re not praying from a pure heart.  (Psalm 66:18)

2.      You’re not praying in faith.  You may go through the motions, but don’t really believe.  (James 1:5-8)

3.      You’re not praying in obedience.  (1 John 3:22)

4.      You’re not praying while vitally connected to Christ.  (John 15:7)

5.      You’re not praying in order to bring glory to God. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

6.      You’re not praying in order to mature in Christ.  (2 Peter 3:18)

7.      You’re not praying with sensitivity to the “voice” of the Holy Spirit.  (Eph 6:18)

God is not under obligation to answer us, but does anyway.  (Luke 11:11-13)  Derrick ended the lesson quoting Peter Kreeft who said “Only one thing in life is guaranteed:  not happiness, not the pursuit of happiness, not liberty, not even life.  The only thing we are absolutely guaranteed is the only thing we absolutely need:  God.”

(Material provided in this summary is Copyright © 2009 by Derrick G. Jeter. All rights reserved. Used by permission.)

Upcoming Sunday Schedule…  

02/01:   Spiritual Disciplines:  Bible Study Methods  (Derrick)

02/08:    Begin series in Study of Daniel  (Derrick)

 

Topic Description Date
Spiritual Discipline of Prayer (Part 2) – January 25, 2009 Derrick finishes our lesson on the Spiritual Discipline of Prayer.  We reviewed Luke 11:5-13 and discussed the following: What Should We Pray For? (a review from the previous week) 1.  We should pray that God’s reputation is revealed as holy in our lives. (Luke 11:2) 2.  We ... [more] 1/31/2009
Spiritual Discipline of Prayer (Part 1) – January 18, 2009 Derrick continues his series on building spiritual “muscles” and talked about the Spiritual Discipline of Prayer.  The focus of this lesson was Luke 11:1-4 when Jesus taught the Disciples to pray the Lord’s prayer. Derrick reminds us that prayer is asking the Father for the right things, in the right way ... [more] 1/27/2009
Spiritual Discipline of Scripture Memory – January 11, 2009 Derrick Jeter starts a three week series on building spiritual “muscles”.  This week’s lesson is the Spiritual Discipline of Scripture Memory.  Derrick reminds us that God’s goal for our spiritual lives is to conform us into the image of Christ (Romans 8:29).  Shakespeare said that “memory is the guar ... [more] 1/16/2009