of Mediation and Prayer
Promises Regarding Prayer
By what title does the
psalmist address God?
O you who hear
prayer, to you all men will come. Psalm
Of whom does the Bible
teach that God is a rewarder?
He rewards those who
earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6.
How willing is God to
hear and answer prayer?
If you, then, though
you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your
children, how much more will your Father in
heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
What above all else shows
Gods willingness to do this?
He who did not
spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all
how will he not also, along with him,
graciously give us all things? Romans 8:32.
The First Step in Prayer
Upon what conditions are we
promised needed blessing?
it will be given to you; seek
and you will find; knock and
the door will be opened to you. For everyone who
asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who
knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew
From whom do all good and
perfect gifts come?
Every good and perfect
gift is from above, coming down from the
Father of the heavenly lights, who does not
change like shifting shadows. James 1:17.
If one lacks wisdom, what is
he told to do?
If any of you lacks
wisdom, he should ask God, who gives
generously to all without finding fault, and it
will be given to him. Verse 5.
Three Conditions to Answered
How must one ask in order
But when he asks, he
must believe and not doubt, because he who
doubts is like the wave of the sea, blown and
tossed by the wind. That man should not think he
will receive anything from the Lord; he is a
double-mined man, unstable in all he does.
Under what conditions does the
psalmist say the Lord will not hear prayer?
If I had cherished
sin in my heart, the Lord would not have
listened. Psalm 66:18. (See Isaiah 59:1.2;
Whose prayers does Solomon say
are an abomination?
If anyone turns a
deaf ear to the law, even his prayers are
detestable. Proverbs 28:9.
Note Contention and
discord quench the spirit of prayer. (1 Peter
3:1-7.) Many grieve the Spirit and drive Christ
from their homes by giving way to impatience and
passion. Angels of God flee from homes where
there are unkind words, contention, and strife.
For whom did Christ teach us
But I tell you: Love
your enemies and pray for those who persecute
Note We cannot
hate those for whom we pray sincerely.
When praying, what must we do
in order to be forgiven?
And when you stand
praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive
him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive
our sins. Mark 11:25.
Time, Place, and Content of
What did Christ say
concerning secret prayer?
But when you pray, go
into your room, close the door and pray to your
Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees
what is done in secret, will reward you.
To what place did
Jesus retire for secret devotion?
After he had
dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside
by himself to pray. When evening came, he was
there alone. Matthew 14:23.
With what should our
prayers be mingled?
Do not be anxious
about anything, but in everything, by prayer and
petition, with thanksgiving, present your
requests to God. Philippians 4:6.
How often should we
And pray in the
Spirit in all occasions, with all kinds of
prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert
and always keep in praying for all the saints.
Ephesians 6:18. Pray without ceasing.
1 Thessalonians 5:17. Everyday I will
praise you and extol your name for ever and
ever. Psalm 145:2.
How often did the
psalmist say he would pray?
and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears
my voice. Psalm 55:17. (See Daniel 6:10.)
In whose name did
Christ teach us to pray?
And I will do
whatever you ask in my name,
so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.
Why did the unjust
judge answer the widows prayer?
But for some
time he refused. But finally he said to himself,
Even though I do not fear God or care about
men, yet because this widow keeps
bothering me, I will that
she gets justice, so that she wont
eventually wear me out with her coming.
Subjects of Mediation
What was one of Pauls
injunctions to Timothy?
Be diligent in
these matters; give yourself wholly to them,
so that everyone may see your progress. 1
Note Meditation is
to the soul what digestion is to the body. It
assimilates, appropriates, and makes personal and
practical that which has been seen, heard, or
When did the psalmist
say he would praise God with joyful lips?
On my bed I
remember you; I think of you through the
watches of the night.
How will such
meditation be to one who loves God?
May my meditation be
pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the Lord.
In what does the
psalmist say the man who is blessed and
But his delight is in
the law of the Lord, and on his law he
meditates day and night.
With what adversary do
we constantly have to contend?
and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls
around like a roaring lion looking for someone to
devour. 1 Peter 5:8.
When is man tempted?
But each one is
tempted when, by his own evil desires, he
is dragged away and enticed.
That we may not be
overcome, what are we told to do?
and pray so that you will not fall into
temptation. The spirit is willing, but
the body is weak. Matthew 26:41.
Necessity of Constant
How constantly should
ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17. Be
joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful
in prayer. Romans 12:12.
Note This does not
mean that we should be constantly bowed before
God in prayer, but that we should not neglect
prayer, and that we should ever be in a frame of
mind, even when walking by the way or engaged in
the duties of life ever ready to send up
out petitions to heaven in time of need.
Preparation for Christs
That we might be
prepared for His coming, what admonition did
guard! Be alert! You do not know when
that come will come. Its like a man going
away. He leaves his house and puts the servants
in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells
the one at the door to keep watch. Therefore keep
watch because you do not know when the owner of
the house will come back whether in the
evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster
crows, or at dawn. If he comes suddenly, do not
let him find you sleeping. What I say to you, I
say to everyone: Watch!
Mark 13:33-37. (See also Luke 21:36.)
Why are watchfulness
and prayer especially imperative in the last
you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to
the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone
down to you! He is filled with fury, because he
knows that his time is short. Revelation
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