One of the teaching points that will be made tonight is this: God commands for His covenant people to pray. Interestingly, most Christian aren’t aware of this; most believe prayer is optional in the never ending cycle of “loving God – falling away – loving God again”. Sadly, there are also many Christians today who believe that prayer is only ever used for times of hardship in our lives – which of course is not true to biblical teaching.
We want our students to understand that prayer is commanded and is also something that God designed to be incredibly beneficial to us. Therefore, why in the world would we reject that offer? Jesus says in John 14:15 that those who truly love Him will obey him. If we as Christians are commanded to pray in scripture (which we are), then we will show our love to Jesus by praying regularly. The opposite end of this disciplined practice is true as well. Those who profess Christ as Lord and Savior and do not have any sort of prayer life are those whose love for God has grown cold; at worst, their love for Him may not exist at all.
So, we are going to teaching our students how to have a consistent and fruitful prayer life this week at FUEL! Please pray for us in this endeavor!
Here’s how you can pray for our students this week!
- Continue to pray for salvation among our students. James 4:2 says that “we do not have, because we do not ask”. Likewise, Jesus Himself tells us in John 14:13 – “Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” If we want people to get saved, the first step is to pray and ask God to be gracious to reveal the truth of the Gospel to unsaved individuals. Please join us in praying for our students who may not be saved!
- Pray that our unsaved students would not have a peace until they get saved. This statement sounds harsh when you first read it off the page, but I assure you that it comes from a place a true compassion and love. The worst possible place for our students (or anyone for that matter) is to be unsaved and comfortable with that reality. I would much rather God not give them a peace of mind or conscious until they submit their lives to Christ. Please pray that the ministry of the Holy Spirit (to convict men of sin and testify to the Lordship of Christ) would continue through the lives of our students.
- Pray that our students would commit themselves to prayer. Can you imagine where we would be without the book of Psalms? That, after all, is what Psalms is: a collection of prayers turned into worship hymns. God’s people have ALWAYS been in the habit of praying, and they show their true commitment to God in doing so. Wouldn’t it be great to see our students completely committed to prayer on a daily basis in this fashion? This is our goal!
- Pray that our students would learn to pray for God’s will to be done in all circumstances. This is the heart and soul of prayer; not that our will would be done, but that God’s will be done – even when it’s circumstantially difficult for us. If God’s way is the best way, then why would be pray against that? Let’s pray that our students learn this valuable lesson!
Here are some questions that you can ask your students following Wednesday’s lesson.
- What is prayer? (A: God’s people loving communicating with God.)
- Why should Christians pray? Why do you pray? (A: We should pray so that God can be glorified and that His will be done.)
- What are some things that you can begin to pray for on a regular basis? (A: Discuss)
- How often do you believe that Christians should pray? *This will be answered in next week’s lesson! (A: Discuss)
- Do you think that Jesus Christ was committed to prayer in His life? If so, where in the Bible do you see that? (A: Of course he was! Examples are found all over the Gospels).