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Be FERVENT in PRAYER

Lesson No.

1

Jul 1, 2023

Subject: Be FERVENT in PRAYER

Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 1

Memory Verse: 1 Thessalonians 5: 17


Objective: To navigate believers towards a more constant and sincere prayer life.


Introduction: Prayer is communicating with God. In simpler terms, it is having a conversation with our Creator. Some may wonder what it really means to be fervent in prayer. Isn’t praying communicating your needs to God? So why be fervent? Fervency in prayer is an intense, passionate and sincere means of calling out to God, whether on the basis of repentance, spiritual warfare, a particular need or thankfulness. Let’s single out the words INTENSE, PASSIONATE and SINCERE! Does your prayer life comprise these three features? And by chance, does your prayer start and end with FAITH? Think on these things.


1. The model of a perfect prayer was left to us by our Lord Jesus. How are we taught to pray? Matthew 6: 9 – 13, and what are we warned to avoid? Matthew 6: 7


2. Jesus, while He was on earth and throughout His ministry, prayed for hours in solidary places. How is this seen in scriptures? Matthew 14: 23, 26: 36 – 42; and how are we encouraged to pray? Matthew 6: 6


3. Scripture reminds us that we have a great high priest who is passed into the heavens to whom we should make our requests known. Who is the great high priest? Hebrews 4: 14. How should we approach Him? Hebrews 4: 16, and what assurance does He give when we seek Him in prayer? Jeremiah 29: 12


4. Fervency in prayer requires the help of a higher power. How do we confirm this in the scriptures? Romans 8: 26, Ephesians 6: 18 – 19, Jude 20


Note: Have you any mountain that seems too hard to climb? Have you any river that seems uncrossable? Have you any trouble or trial that seems hard to bear? Have you any hill that you cannot tunnel through? God specialises in things that seem impossible. Prayer can change any circumstance. Knowing that we have a direct line to heaven that allows us to talk with God, and communicate our needs, thoughts, and desires, should encourage us to be fervent in prayer.


5. Hannah’s prayer is an exemplary prayer of fervency. What was the condition of her heart before the Lord? 1 Samuel 1: 10. How did she respond to a priest who assumed that she was drunk? 1 Samuel 1: 15. What request did she make before the Lord? 1 Samuel 1: 11 and how did God respond to her request? 1 Samuel 1: 19 – 20


6. Hannah’s prayer is one which shows that we serve a prayer hearing God. How does the scripture support this? Matthew 7: 7, 21: 22. Having the full assurance that we serve a God who answers prayers, what are we encouraged to do? Luke 18: 1, Colossians 4: 2, 1 Thessalonians 5: 17


7. In addition to Hannah’s prayer, what other examples of fervent prayer are illustrated in the bible? 1 Chronicles 4: 10, 2 Kings 19: 15 – 20, 20: 1 – 3, Psalm 86, Psalm 51; and how merciful was a loving Father towards these who sought Him? Psalm 34: 15


8. What is said in James 5: 16 (last part)? God knows the issues of the heart. If we believe we are fervently praying and not reaping results, what could be the possible hindrances? Psalm 66: 18, James 1: 6 – 7


Encouragement: Whatever your situation is, cry out! God is listening!

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