Study on Prayer
Try this Bible study on Prayer

ST. JAMES HOME BIBLE CLASS - NO. 1
Let's Begin with Prayer: The ACTS of Prayer.
Let's begin with prayer: Gracious God, it really is a privilege to carry everything to You in prayer. Through Your Son, Jesus, we can now come before You and praise You, thank You, and ask for things for others and ourselves. As we begin this study, help us all to grow in our lives of prayer. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Welcome to the St. James Home Bible Class! This home Bible study is a way for us all to grow as God's people, especially in our prayer life. As you participate in this study, may God bless you and your family to grow as His prayerful-people!

1. What is prayer?
Before we do anything, we should first examine what prayer is. According to our catechism, prayer is speaking to God in our words and thoughts. Isn't it amazing that we can speak to God in our minds and thoughts any times and at any place we want? It wasn't always this easy. According to the Old Testament, people had to sacrifice their best animals so they could come before God. God is so holy that some life had to be required before sinful people could come before Him. And yet, we Christians don't have to sacrifice an animal in order to pray to God. Why not? Read 1 Peter 3:
18 to tell how we Christians can pray to God: __________________________________________________________________________________________________

Yes, since Jesus made the sacrifice on the cross once and for all for us, we are now able to approach God in prayer. That's why we should end our prayers with the words, in Jesus name, to remind us that we depend on Jesus Christ alone in order to speak to God our Father in our words and thoughts.

2. What do we pray for?
Of course, we definitely say that we can pray for everything. Whatever we have on our mind, we can bring to the Lord in prayer and know that He will listen to us. But here's a quick and easy way to remember the types of prayer we can pray to the Lord. We use the word ACTS. ACTS stands for prayers of Adoration, Confession, Thanks-giving, and Supplication.
Here is an explanation of the four types of prayer:
ADORATION PRAYER - We praise God for being powerful, loving, and wise.
CONFESSION PRAYER - We repent from our sins.
THANKSGIVING PRAYER - We express our gratitude for the spiritual and material
blessings which God gives us.
SUPPLICATION PRAYER - We humbly ask for something physical or spiritual for ourselves or someone else.
Let's try something. Below you will find four prayers from the Bible. Write next the verse which kind of prayer it is - Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, or Supplication. There will be one for each Biblical prayer.
Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name make known among the nations what he has done. (Ps. 105:1) _______________________________________
To God be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Pet. 3:12) _________________________________________________________
I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD" and You forgave
the guilt of my sin. (Ps. 32:5) __________________________________
I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone-- _________________________________________
But which of these prayers should we pray the most? We may be tempted to pray the
supplication prayer and pray for our needs and other people's needs. But according to
the Bible, we are free to pray any kind of prayer we want as often as we want, as long
as we confidently pray to the Lord. But notice the order: we first adore God, then con-fess to God, then we thank God, and finally we are ready to bring our concerns to Him. When we pray this way, we have a well-rounded prayer life and we don't look at prayer as only an emergency request system.
And we can be sure that God hears our prayers through His Son, Jesus Christ and He will answer them in His own special way. He may not give us the answer we want, but
our Heavenly Father gives according to His eternal goodness. Look below:
FAMOUS BIBLE PEOPLE AND THEIR PRAYERS
Verse Who? What prayed for? Did he receive it?
1 Kings 17:17-23
Matt. 8:1-4
Mark 14:35-38
2 Cor. 12:7-10
A. So did these people always received what they prayed for? __________________
B. What does this tell us about God's answers to prayer _______________________
____________________________________________________________________
WHEN YOU PRAY
So when we pray to God, whether we use the ACTS of prayer or not, we can pray from our heart or use a prayer book. We are free to pray in an way so long as we keep praying. And yet, the Bible tells us several things to be aware of when we pray. Read the following passages below, and tell what we are advised to do in our prayer life.
John 16:23-24 _______________________________________________________
1 Thessalonians 5:17-18_______________________________________________
Matt. 6:5-6 __________________________________________________________
1 Timothy 2:8 ________________________________________________________
A. In general, what should we remember when we pray? ______________________
___________________________________________________________________
B. What should we do if we don't feel like praying? __________________________
___________________________________________________________________
C. How can you use the ACTS prayers in your prayer life?_____________________
___________________________________________________________________


LESSON #2 - THANKSGIVING
We see that there are 4 ACTS of prayer, Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and
Supplication. Today we will consider Thanksgiving.
When we hear the words, give thanks, we sometimes think that these words
refer to only Thanksgiving Day. If we limit our thanks only to only day a year, we would
surely miss out giving thanks to God often in our lives. No wonder Paul says to us,
Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus
(1 Thessalonians 5:18).
Did you ever thank God for all of the things and people He has given you?
Look at the passages below and tell what or whom you can be thankful for.
Psalm 107:31 _______________________________________
Psalm 119:62 _______________________________________
Psalm 75:1 _______________________________________
Philippians 1:3-6 _____________________________________
To Answer: Do we often thank God for these things/people? Why or why not?
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
A TIME FOR THANKSGIVING. Jesus encountered a time when at least one individual
made an effort to thank Him. Read Luke 17:11-17 and fill in the blanks:
1. Where was Jesus headed where He would eventually face His death and resurrection? ______________________________________
2. What group of people did He meet? _______________________________
Note that these people suffered from a deadly disease which would force them to stay
from their families and friends. Whenever they saw people coming toward them, they
were supposed to yell out, "Unclean" to keep healthy people away from them.
3. When they met Jesus, the lepers didn't yell "Unclean," but they yelled something else. What did they yell? _____________________________ What does this mean in your own words?
Note that Jesus told them to show themselves to the priest who had the responsibility of acting as a doctor and declaring people free from leprosy. So, in effect, Jesus was
saying to them that they were already clean!
4. What happened to them as they traveled? ________________________________
_________________________________________________..
5. What did one person do after he was healed? _____________________________
6. What did Jesus say about the one man in verse 17 _________________________
__________________________________________________
Note that Jesus here didn't punish the other lepers for not giving Him thanks, but He
did give the Samaritan a special insight in verse 19. What did He say? ___________
__________________________________________________
What does Jesus' action say to us when we forget to thank God? Why do we forget
to thank God? _______________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________
SOME WAYS TO REMEMBER TO SAY THANKS TO GOD. Read the following passages and how we can remember to say thanks to God
Nehemiah 12:31 ________________________________________
Psalm 69:30 ______________________________________________
Psalm105:1 ______________________________________________
Deuteronomy 8:10-11 ____________________________________
A. Can you think of other ways to remember to say thanks to God? Why is it important that we remember?
_______________________________________________________
B. Now look at the Prayer Journal and see about giving thanks to God.


ST. JAMES HOME BIBLE CLASS - NO. 3
The ACTS of Prayer.
We see that there are 4 ACTS of prayer, Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and
Supplication. Today we will consider Thanksgiving.
When we hear the words, "give thanks," we sometimes think that these words
refer to only Thanksgiving Day. If we limit our thanks only to only day a year, we would
surely miss out giving thanks to God often in our lives. No wonder Paul says to us,
"Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus"
(1 Thessalonians 5:18).
Did you ever thank God for all of the things and people He has given you?
Look at the passages below and tell what or whom you can be thankful for.
Psalm 107:31 _______________________________________
Psalm 119:62 _______________________________________
Psalm 75:1 _______________________________________
Philippians 1:3-6 _____________________________________
To Answer: Do we often thank God for these things/people? Why or why not?
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
A TIME FOR THANKSGIVING. Jesus encountered a time when at least one individual
made an effort to thank Him. Read Luke 17:11-17 and fill in the blanks:
1. Where was Jesus headed where He would eventually face His death and resurrec- tion? ______________________________________
2. What group of people did He meet? _______________________________
Note that these people suffered from a deadly disease which would force them to stay
from their families and friends. Whenever they saw people coming toward them, they
were supposed to yell out, "Unclean" to keep healthy people away from them.
3. When they met Jesus, the lepers didn't yell "Unclean," but they yelled something else. What did they yell? _____________________________ What does this mean in your own words?
Note that Jesus told them to show themselves to the priest who had the responsibility of acting as a doctor and declaring people free from leprosy. So, in effect, Jesus was
saying to them that they were already clean!
4. What happened to them as they traveled? ________________________________
_________________________________________________..
5. What did one person do after he was healed? _____________________________
6. What did Jesus say about the one man in verse 17 _________________________
__________________________________________________
Note that Jesus here didnt punish the other lepers for not giving Him thanks, but He
did give the Samaritan a special insight in verse 19. What did He say? ___________
__________________________________________________
What does Jesus' action say to us when we forget to thank God? Why do we forget
to thank God? _______________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________
SOME WAYS TO REMEMBER TO SAY THANKS TO GOD. Read the following passages and how we can remember to say thanks to God
Nehemiah 12:31 ________________________________________
Psalm 69:30 ______________________________________________
Psalm105:1 ______________________________________________
Deuteronomy 8:10-11 ____________________________________
A. Can you think of other ways to remember to say thanks to God? Why is it important that we remember?
_______________________________________________________
B. Now look at the Prayer Journal and see about giving thanks to God.