=So over the last couple of weeks we have talked about the nature of God, the Holy Spirit, and Jesus Christ. We have talked about how we are separated from them but that Jesus offers us salvation through his sacrifice and how he wants a personal relationship with us. This week we are talking about growing in our relationship with God through prayer and the Bible.
So why should I pray?
Prayer is a way to communicate with God. While we have already said that God is omniscient, prayer is not just about us communicating to God, it is also about us listening to him. Prayer is a two-way street. Sometimes we get too caught up on telling God what we want or need and we don't take the time to listen to what God might be trying to say to us. We must be patient in our prayer. In order to have a relationship with someone we have to talk with them, but also listen to them; prayer helps us to have a relationship with God.
How do I pray?
There is no one way to pray. The Bible tells us about intercessory prayer or praying for others and on Sunday we took the time to do that in our small groups. The Bible can guide us in our prayers and on page 72 in your field guide you can see a helpful table of scripture passages to read when facing different situations.
Perhaps the greatest example of prayer we have been given though is The Lord's Prayer in Matthew 6:5-15 and Luke 11:1-4.
Another way of praying is to remember the anagram ACTS or:
- Adoration of God
- Confession of sins and transgressions against others
- Thanksgiving for God's gifts and promises
- Supplication to God for special needs
God also communicates with us through the Bible
We believe that the Bible is "The inspired Word of God." We believe that it not only reveals God, but shows God's will to us. Anytime we read scripture though we have to remember what the purpose of the Bible is. Stories have purpose and the way we tell them is based on the overall point we are trying to convey.
The Bible tells us:
- Who God is
- Who we are and what it means for us to be human
- Moral issues of what is right and wrong
We also have to remember that the Bible is translated from ancient languages and anytime we translate from one language to another there is the chance for something to get lost in translation. That is why it is helpful for us to study several different translations and paraphrases.
So what are the basic take aways from this week?
- Prayer is communication with God. It's a two-way street.
- One way to pray is ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication).
- The Bible is "The inspired Word of God."
- The Bible tells us who God is, who we are and what it means to be human, and teaches us moral issues of what is right and wrong.
We will take a week off next week because of the rescheduled Winter Retreat.
Weekly Scripture to Memorize:
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful.
I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14
Read Matthew 6:5-15 and answer these questions:
1. Why do you think Jesus taught us how to pray?
2. When I pray I have problems with. . .
3. Jesus spoke and taught in parables. Look up the word “parable” in the dictionary. Read The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16) How is this a parable? What does this parable mean to you as a Christian?
4. Take time to look over the Overview Books of the Bible on pages 53-55 of your student book. While reading the descriptions of each book, pick one book from the Old Testament and one book from the New Testament that interests you and flip through it. Read a few passages from the book. How did God speak to you through these Books?
Read John Chapters 14-15. Write down in your journal one thing you learned from these chapters.
The Journey Continues Next Week: Lesson 7 What is a Christian? In preparation for next week read over the Beatitudes on pg. 63. Write down in your Journal three Beatitudes that you feel are qualities of you.
1. Take time the beginning of this week to have each family member list 3 Joys in their life and 3 Concerns on a sheet of paper. Then have family members switch sheets and spend time each night praying for the other family members Joys and Concerns. By the end of the week discuss how it felt to know that someone was praying for you. Did God answer your prayers in the ways you expected?
2. As a family watch, “The Amazing Softball Story” from youtube. You can go to youtube.com and in the search engine type in, “Amazing Softball Story” and the video will pop up. Afterwards, ask why you think as a family this video shows what a Christian should be like.