1. How does God anticipate the needs of His children?
2. Is there any limit to God's ability to help?
3. How fully has God promised to supply our needs?
4. Do we always know what to pray for?
5. Does God always see fit to grant our petitions?
2 Corinthians 12:8.9
Note.—Paul's affliction, it seems, was impaired sight. Acts 9:8, 9, 18; 22:11-13. The retaining of this imperfection would be a constant reminder to him of his conversion, and hence a blessing in disguise.
6. If an answer does not come at once, what should we do?
7. Why was the parable of the importunate widow given?
Note.—The importunate widow got her request because of her persistency. God wants us to seek Him, and to seek Him earnestly, when we pray. He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. Heb. 11:6.
8. How did Elijah pray before obtaining his request?
James 5:17, 18; See Revelation 11:3-6
9. Upon what condition does Christ say we shall receive?
10. Without this faith, will God answer prayer?
11. What petitions may we confidently expect God to hear?
1 John 5:14,15
Note.—God's will is expressed in His law, His promises, and His Word. Ps. 40:8; Rom. 2:17,18; 1 Peter 1:4.
12. When Daniel and his fellows were about to be slain because the wise men of Babylon could not reveal to Nebuchadnezzar his dream, how did God answer their united prayers?
Note.—In 1839 the sultan of Turkey decreed that not a representative of the Christian religion should remain in the empire. Learning of this, Dr. William Goodell, an American missionary to Turkey, came home to his friend and colleague, Dr. Cyrus Hamlin, the first president of Robert College, Constantinople, with the sad news: “It is all over with us; we have to leave. The American consul and the British ambassador say it is no use to meet with antagonism this violent and vindictive monarch.” To this Dr. Hamlin replied: “The Sultan of the universe can, in answer to prayer, change the decree of the sultan of Turkey.” They gave themselves to prayer. The next day the sultan died, and the decree was never executed. See Dan. 4:17, 24, 25.
13. When Peter was imprisoned and about to be executed by Herod, what did the church do?
14. How were their prayers answered?
15. Because Solomon asked for wisdom rather than for long life and riches, what besides wisdom did God give him?
1 Kings 3:11-13
The following are some things we are taught in the Scriptures to pray for:
(1) For daily bread. Matt. 6:11.
(2) For the forgiveness of sin. 2 Chron. 7:14; Ps. 32:5, 6; 1 John 1:9; 5:16.
(3) For the Holy Spirit. Luke 11:13; Zech. 10:1; John 14:16.
(4) For deliverance in the hour of temptation and danger. Matt. 6:13; John 17:11, 15; Prov. 3:26; Psalm 91; Matt. 24:20.
(5) For wisdom and understanding. James 1:5; 1 Kings 3:9; Dan. 2:17-19.
(6) For peaceable and quiet lives. 1 Tim. 2:1, 2.
(7) For the healing of the sick. James 5:14, 15; 2 Kings 20:1-11.
(8) For the prosperity of the ministers of God and the gospel. Eph. 6:18, 19; Col. 4:3; 2 Thess. 3:1.
(9) For those who suffer for the truth's sake. Heb. 13:3; Acts 12:5.
(10) For kings, rulers, and all in authority. 1 Tim. 2:1, 2; Ezra 6:10.
(11) For temporal prosperity. 2 Cor. 9:10; James 5:17, 18.
(12) For our enemies. Matt. 5:44.
(13) For all saints. Eph. 6:18.
(14) For all men. 1 Tim. 2:1.
(15) For the Lord to vindicate His cause. 1 Kings 18:30-39.
(16) For the coming of Christ and of God's kingdom. Matt. 6:10; Rev. 22:20.
Prayer makes the darkest cloud withdraw;
Prayer climbs the ladder Jacob saw,
Gives exercise to faith and love,
Brings every blessing from above.
Restraining prayer, we cease to fight;
Prayer makes the Christian's armor bright;
And Satan trembles when he sees
The weakest saint upon his knees.
"To say, 'I will resolve to do better, I will muster all my will power and revise my way of living,' is noble, but futile. A corpse could as well say, 'I will-through sheer effort-rise out of this coffin and be a living man again.' You need a power outside yourself. You cannot get over the habits and chains that are binding you. You need outside help. You need Christ."
Dr. Billy Graham
Dr. Billy Graham
1. Unto what are we exhorted to watch?
1 Peter 4:7
2. What is one of the petitions of the Lord's prayer?
3. By what means can we escape temptation?
Note.—We should couple with our prayers a spirit of watchfulness, thus cooperating with God in answering them. This is watching unto prayer.
4. How is this duty again expressed?
5. How faithful should we be in this matter?
6. When did Israel prevail in battle?
7. When the householder ceased watching, what happened?
8. What experience comes to those who wait upon the Lord?
9. For what did Habakkuk say he would watch?
Note.—Some are very anxious that God should hear them when they pray, but are quite indifferent as to what He says in reply.
10. How may we escape the evils coming on the world?
Note.—Vigilance, as well as prayer, is necessary if we would escape the evils, delusions, and calamities of the last days.
11. What will be the result of not watching?
12. What will Christ's servants be doing when He comes?
13. How general is the command to watch?
Source: Bible Readings for the Home Circle,1920Source: Bible Readings for the Home Circle, 1920
Source: Bible Readings for the Home Circle,1920