The Importance of Prayer

The Open Door Bible Studies Number Three

By what title does the psalmist address God?

"O thou who hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come." Psalms 65:2

 

Upon what conditions are we promised needed blessings?

"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened." Matthew 7:7, 8.

 

(Note. — "Prayer is the opening of the heart to God as a friend." — Ellen G. White, Steps To Christ (pocket edition.) P 93. Prayer does no change God; but it does change us and our relation to God. It places us in the channel of blessings, and in that frame of mind in which God can consistently and safely grant our requests.

 

Under what condition does the psalmist say the Lord will not hear our prayer?

"If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:" Psalms 66:18. (See also Isaiah 59:1, 2; James 4:3.)

 

Whose prayers does Solomon say are an abomination?

"He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination." Proverbs 28:9.

 

For whom did Christ teach us to pray?

"But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;" Matthew 5:44.

 

By what means can we escape temptation?

"Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."Matthew 26:41.

 

How must one ask in order to receive?

"But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. James 16:7. (See Mark 11:24)

 

Note.— "Prayer is the key in the hand of faith to unlock heavens storehouse, where are treasured the boundless resources of Omnipotence." — Ellen G White, Steps To Christ (pocket edition.), p p 94, 95.

 

Unto what are we exhorted to watch?

"But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer." 1Peter 4:7.

 

How constantly should we pray?

"Pray without ceasing." 1Thessalonians 5:7. "Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;" Romans 12:12.

 

The Lord's Prayer

Matthew Chapter 6

 9. After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

10. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

11. Give us this day our daily bread.

12. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.M.span

13. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

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