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Lord, Teach Me to Pray | Week One

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Welcome to Week 1 of our Inductive Bible Study, “Lord, Teach Me to Pray in 28 Days” by Kay Arthur. This week we learned to pray God’s way by observing the ingredients of effective prayer.  Each sentence in the Lord’s Prayer is a topic which covers every aspect of prayer (Matthew 6:9-13). How incredibly awesome is that! This is the model prayer Jesus gave His disciples and told them, “Pray, then, in this way” (Matthew 6:9).  Prayer is a skill, and with time and practice we can develop this skill into a powerful prayer life by following the Words of Jesus on how to pray.

Kay Arthur states, “Prayer is a discipline that when exercised will give you a greater intimacy with your Father but when neglected will make you feel distanced from Him.”

Do you want to have an effective powerful prayer life and a greater intimacy with God?  I know I do, but many times I feel like my prayers are not going higher than the ceiling. I feel disconnected which leaves me with feelings of frustration and failure.

We can always go to the “Expert”…God Himself, and give Him our frustrations, our doubts, our fears and our desires.  We can ask Him to teach us how to pray.  The Disciples did that very thing…

“Lord, teach us to pray, just as John also taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1

Prayer is a form of worship and communication with our Heavenly Father. Think about it as a conversation.  Each sentence in the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) is a topic that helps to keep our prayers organized.  Kay Arthur states, “If you use the Lord’s Prayer for what it is, the way to pray, it will not only keep you balanced when it comes to prayer, but it will also be an invaluable guide—a road map.”

Keep in mind that when you begin to pray you are entering the presence of God.  Acknowledge Him for Who He is…the one true God, our Sovereign Creator, our Holy God, Jehovah—Lord, the self-existent One…

Our Father who is in Heaven 

Hallowed be Your Name

Hallowed!  This is the highest regard we give to God.  It is worshiping His Name.

The Greek word for “Hallowed” is hagiazo, and it means…

  • To render or acknowledge
  • To separate from profane things and dedicate to God

We are worshiping God when we “hallow” His Name.  We are acknowledging who He is.

Kay Arthur states, “Worship becomes the basis of everything that follows in prayer:  allegiance to His kingdom, submission to His will because He is, after all, God!  Such prayer is petitioning Him for what you need because you are acknowledging that the earth and everything it contains is the Lord’s.”

I urge you to practice this week hallowing God’s Name.  Use the list of God’s Names on page 47 as a guide.  And I’ll see you in the next lesson.

Praying for you!

BIBLE STUDY TIP:  Write Matthew 6:9-13 on index cards and read them out loud three times  a day.

DIGGING DEEPER:  Review the Names of God list on page 47.  Write each name on a separate index card along with the Scripture reference.  Pray this week using one of the Names of God.

ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:

  • Join a Small Group and fellowship with your fellow Bible students.
  • Complete your study of Week Two, “It’s All About Him”
  • Pray before you begin your study.  Ask your resident Teacher, the Holy Spirit, to open your heart to wisdom and understanding to learn His truths.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK (answer in small groups or post a comment below:

  1. According to the Bible itself, the Bible is God’s Word and it is truth, God’s communication to humankind.” (Pages 19-20). With that thought in mind, what role is prayer to take in our lives? How important should it be?  How important is prayer to you in your life right now?
  2. “If you want God to hear you and provide what you ask, then you need to ask according to His will.” (Page 16). How do you know that your prayers are according to His will?  What is an example of a prayer not in His will?
  3. Each sentence in the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) is a topic that helps to keep your prayers organized (Page 30). Kay Arthur states, “If you use the Lord’s Prayer for what it is, the way to pray, it will not only keep you balanced when it comes to prayer, but it will also be an invaluable guide—a road map.” (Page 35).  Which topic in the Lord’s Prayer touched you the most in your current season of life?
  4. “Without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 (Page 37).  What are you to believe when you come to God in prayer?
  5. Review the Names of God chart on Page 47. Which name or names of God deal with where you are today?  List some ways you are learning to hallow God’s name.
  6. How has God been answering your prayers this week?

Blessings,

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Lord, Teach Me to Pray | Week One Introduction

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Happy New Year!  Welcome to our online Inductive Bible Study “Lord, Teach Me to Pray in 28 Days” by Kay Arthur.   This first week is our “Introduction” week and a time of getting to know one another and to answer any questions you may have about how this online Bible study thing works.  We want your online Bible Study experience to be positive and enjoyable.  Welcome aboard!

What do you think of when you hear the word prayer?  The first thing that comes to my mind is talking to God.  Prayer is our communication with God.

We pray…He listens…He answers…we listen to Him…

He may not answer our prayers immediately, because when He answers our prayers, it is according to His perfect will and His perfect timing.

Prayer strengthens our relationship with our Heavenly Father.  It’s the same in a marital relationship and all our relationships.  Communication is what keeps our relationships alive and thriving.  If we fail to communicate in our relationships, the relationship fades and eventually dies.

Over the next few weeks, we will be observing The Lord’s Prayer in quite some detail.  We will discover exactly what Jesus meant when He told His disciples…

 “Pray, then, this way”… (Matthew 6:9)

Jesus gave His disciples a perfect pattern for prayer…the Lord’s Prayer, the model prayer, which is also given to you and to me in His Holy Word.  I am certain you memorized the Lord’s Prayer at a very early age as I did, and over the years we have been reciting the Lord’s Prayer in our churches, Sunday schools, and at football and baseball games, etc.  But do we truly know what the Lord’s Prayer really means? That is what we will discover through this study “Lord, Teach Me to Pray.”  Kay Arthur will equip you and me to be used in God’s Kingdom.  In just four short weeks we will learn God’s basic precepts on prayer, which will strengthen our prayer muscles and give us a deeper understanding of this crucial area of life.

Kay Arthur states, “The Word of God is the foundation for everything else in our lives. According to Jesus Himself, man lives by every word that comes out of the mouth of God.  The Word of God is God-breathed.”

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16 NASB)

Before beginning this study, please take time to read the “As You Begin…” on pages 5 through 7.  Kay always begins with some helpful tips to get us started.  Posted below is our reading schedule for the next five weeks.  Each new week begins on Monday.

Week of LORD, Teach Me to Pray by Kay Arthur Small Group
Beginning on Mon. READING SCHEDULE Discussion on:
1/2/2017 Introduction Week (Begin Study of Week 1, Page 11) Intro
1/9/2017 Week 1: Learning to Pray God’s Way (Begin Study of Week 2, Page 17) Week 1
1/16/2017 Week 2: It’s All About Him (Begin Study of Week 3, Page 99 Week 2
1/23/2017 Week 3: You Belong to God (Begin Study of Week 4, Page 143) Week 3
1/30/2017 Week 4:  Staying in the Word Week 4

Each day’s study time will take approximately 15 to 30 minutes, sometimes less or sometimes more, depending on the day’s study.  I urge you to set aside a quiet time of study with God free of distractions.  I have found that if I make my appointment with God at the same time each day, I am better able to keep that time on a consistent basis.  It also helps to have all your study materials in your special quiet time place, which will help you stay motivated:  Your Bible, Bible study book or Kindle, a notebook or journal, colored pens and pencils, highlighters, etc.

I also encourage you to participate in a small group to discuss the lessons you are learning each week.  Sharing is voluntary, and we do not expect you to share anything that will cause harm to yourself or another person.  We meet in a private Facebook group, or if you prefer, you may answer the discussion questions here on this website by posting a comment below.  This first week our small groups will meet for a time of introduction and fellowship where you’ll meet your leaders and the other ladies in your group.  You will find the small group schedule pinned to the top of our private Facebook group.  Our entire ministry team will be praying for you.

We will begin discussing WEEK ONE in your Bible study workbook the week of January 9th.

So let’s take a moment now and read the Lord’s Prayer together:

Our Father, who is in heaven,

Hallowed be Your name.

Your Kingdom come,

Your will be done,

On earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.  Amen.

Matthew 6:9-13 NASB

BIBLE STUDY TIP:  Write the Lord’s Prayer in your journal or notebook.

Assignment For the Week

  • Make sure you registered for this online Inductive Bible study so that you receive email updates each week on Monday.
  • Write a letter to God in the front cover of your Bible study workbook or in your journal. Date your letter and tell God where you are in your season of life right now, and where you hope He leads you during this study. We will not ask you to share your letter. This is personal between you and God.
  • Pray before you begin your study. Ask your resident teacher, the Holy Spirit, to open your heart to wisdom and understanding to learn His truths.
  • Select a small group day and time that fits your schedule.  The small group schedule is pinned to the top of the private Inductive Studies Chat Room.
  • Arrive to the private Facebook group for the one hour meeting that you chose to attend. A small group photo will be posted by the leader a day prior to your meeting time.
  • Begin your study of Week One: Learning to Pray God’s Way in your study guide or Kindle and complete the daily lessons in your notebook or journal.

Week One Introduction Discussion Questions – Answer in your small group or post a comment below

  1. What motivated you or drew you to this online Inductive Bible study on Prayer, and what do you hope to gain from it?
  2. What do you think is our biggest hang-up concerning prayer?
  3. How can we keep our minds from wander­ing when we pray?
  4. Do you have a favorite quiet place where you like to pray? If so, where?
  5. How can our leaders and the other women in this small group pray for you as we begin our study on Prayer?

See you in our small groups.

Praying for you,

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