asking for sixpence
"It is like a small
child going to his father and saying, 'Daddy, give me a sixpence to buy
you a birthday present'. Of course, the father does, and he is pleased
with the child's present." - C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks
for a fish, will give him a snake? 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!"
Prayer has been called talking
to God, but more specifically it is asking God for things, as distinct
from praising or worshipping him. So what does the bible teach us about
prayer? What should we pray for? How should we pray? When and where?
So, how should we pray?
What are the two things that
Jesus emphasises about prayer in this passage?
What are the elements of prayer
that Jesus gives in his example?
1 Peter 4:7 The
end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled
so that you can pray.
What things does Peter stress
about pray here?
What important part of prayer
does Jesus reveal here?
Luke 18:1-8; Romans 12:12;
1 Thessalonians 5:17; Colossians 4:2; Philippians 4:6
What do these passages say
about what we should pray for, and when?
Mt !8:19-20; John 14:13-14;16:23
These passages talk about
asking in Jesus' name, and there are other passages about speaking and
doing everything "in his name." What do you think it means? Why is prayer
"in Jesus' name" effective prayer? What characterises it as being in Jesus'
What reasons does James give
for prayer here? Look at the last few verses and think about who is righteous.
We've looked at a lot of stuff
about what we should be praying for, and how we should be praying, but
how do we actually put that into practice? How do we know exactly what
to pray when? Check these out:
Ephesians 6:18; Jude 1:20;
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