B5 – The Lord Jesus Wants Me to Speak With Him

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ…”

2 Peter 3 vs. 18

“Whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.”

John 16 vs. 23

In this lesson we will focus on prayer. 

What is prayer?

Prayer is a way of communicating or speaking with the Lord.

Why should we speak with the Lord? How should we speak with Him? When should we do it? These are some of the questions that we will attempt to answer in this lesson.

First of all, we have already mentioned that prayer means talking to the Lord. If you have a friend, you talk to them as often as possible. Is that not right? Likewise, remember that if you have accepted the Lord Jesus as your Saviour then He is your friend. He expects you to talk to Him as He also wants to speak with you. 

You can do so through prayer. He will speak to you as you read His word, the Bible. The Lord is never too busy for our prayers. The Bible says, “…The prayer of the upright is His delight.” Proverbs 15 vs. 8.

How should we pray?

We should begin by praising God and giving Him thanks

Many people assume that praying involves only asking God to do something for us. But that is only part of prayer. Imagine you helped someone through your generosity and they kept on and on asking for more help without even saying “thank you”. Would you be pleased? No! I suppose not!

The Lord Jesus has done so much for us that we should be grateful for. We must always remember to thank Him for His mercy and love for us. We must praise Him and worship Him for being our wonderful Savior and for caring about us. The Bible encourages us to, “Give thanks always for all things to God ….” Ephesians 5 vs. 20. 

We should confess our sins before God

When we pray we should confess our sins before God. This is very important. The word of God says, “If I regard iniquity (evil) in my heart, the Lord will not hear.” Psalm 66 vs. 18. We should never attempt to hide our sins because the Lord knows our hearts. Instead, we should tell Him about it and repent of our sins. The Lord has made a promise to forgive us if we confess our sins to Him. Listen to these words from 1 John 1 vs. 9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

We should ask for what we need from God

In the Bible we read, “Whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.” John 16 vs. 23. We must always remember to pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Do you know why? It is because of who the Lord Jesus is and what He accomplished for us on the cross that God can hear and answer our prayers. 

What can you think of that you need to pray about every day? 

Here are some of the items you may want to pray about. You may add what you feel is necessary for you:

– Pray that you may be patient and kind enough to submit to your parents’ authority.

– Pray that the Lord may help you to be a hard worker

– Pray that the Lord may help you to love him more and obey His word

– Pray for those who are sick that they might be restored to health

– Pray for those who live in poverty and difficulties every day

– Pray for what you need specifically. Whether you need a new pair of shoes, clothes or food.

– Most importantly, pray for others that they might also believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved. The Lord Jesus does not want anyone to be lost. It is, therefore, important for us that we not only tell others about Jesus but we pray for them too.

When are we supposed to pray?

The answer is…anytime! The Bible tells us that we must, “Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5 vs. 17. This means you are free to speak to God anytime, anywhere. You can make your prayer audible or pray silently in your heart. It is incredible that pure mortals like us can speak to God in Heaven at anytime, anywhere. 

You can pray alone or with others such as a believing friend. The Lord Jesus once said, “Where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Matthew 18 vs. 20. 

You can also pray in your local church. The Bible encourages us to meet with other Christians and to attend regular meetings. We read this in Hebrews 10 vs. 25, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together…” and also in Acts 2 vs. 42, “and they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship…” If we truly love the Lord Jesus, we will meet with other Christians.  King David wrote, “I was glad when they said to me, ‘let us go into the house of the Lord.’” Psalms 122 vs. 1.

   Your memory verse for the day is:

   “Whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.”

   John 16 vs. 23

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