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  1. Spending Time with God: Lesson 3 Prayer Time in the Word Fellowship Service Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  2. Recap • Parable of the sower • Worry, Money/ Possessions, Pleasure • “Making” Time vs. “Finding” Time • Perseverance – Brad Lauwers • How to get started – Read the Word • Have a plan • Making the (seemingly) mundane, interesting • Types of plans to choose from • Observing the details • Application – how does it apply to me? Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  3. Ask Questions • Things we don’t’ understand • Exercise: 1 or 2 things you question • Multiple resources - but remember this… 1. Ask God for the answer first. 2. You may not understand it here on earth. I Corinthians 13:12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  4. Addressing the unknown • Ask God for the answer • Don’t expect a voice from the heavens • Think about it: Understanding • Do your homework – other Scripture, commentaries, etc. • Maturity • John 6:12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.” Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  5. Give it Time • Ephesians 1:17-18a “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you…” Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  6. Write down your thoughts • Questions • Insights • Perfectly timed verses • Things to do – practical application • Husband (Ephesians 5:25) • Father (Hebrews 12:7) • Relationships (I Timothy 5:1-2) • Job (I Peter 2:18) Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  7. Respond • Psalm 119:9 • Just do it… • James 1:22-25 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  8. “Big” things, “Little” things • Be a missionary • Be faithful in the little things • Luke 16:10 Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much… • John 13:17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  9. Review: 5 Practical Ways to Understand and Apply God’s Word • Have a plan • Read for observation & personal application • Ask questions • Write down your thoughts (Journal) • Respond Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  10. Prayer – 2nd Essential Ingredient • Find a quiet place • Mark 1:35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. • Be consistent • Early in the morning Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  11. Always include Thanksgiving • Psalm 100:4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. • Esther • Thankful in all circumstances • Rest, no matter how little • Warm shower – it could have been cold • Cheerios, computers and vehicles. Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  12. What are you thankful for? • Name things that happened in the past 24 hours that you are thankful for. • Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  13. Be Specific • Pray for people by name • Pray for specific ailments and results • Get to know missionaries and pray for their specific needs – subscribe to their newsletter so you can pray specifically • Be careful what you pray for • God always meets the need Exercise: Pray for 3 people by name. Ask God to meet specific needs in their life. Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  14. Pray Biblically • Matthew 6:9-13 This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come,your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  15. Reverence & Holiness • …Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come… • Father • King Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  16. His will, my needs …your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. • Matthew 6:33 – His will • Seek first the kingdom of God… • Seek His righteousness… • Matthew 6:33 – My needs • …All these things shall be added. • Physical needs • Food • Clothing Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  17. Forgiveness …Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.. • Mark 11:25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. • Matthew 18:21-35 • The unforgiving servant Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  18. Temptation – Daily Battle …And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. • Following God’s leading • Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. • Protection Ephesians 6:10-17 • Belt of truth • Breastplate of righteousness • Shoes of the Gospel of peace • Shield of faith • Helmet of Salvation • Sword of the Spirit Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  19. Praying Scripture • Ephesians 1:17-18a I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you • I Chronicles 29:19a Give my sonSolomon the wholehearted desire to obey all your commands, decrees and principles… Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  20. Leaders & Peace • Pray for those in authority • I Timothy 2:1-2a  I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people - for kings and all those in authority … • Pray for peace • Psalm 122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  21. Homework Challenge: • During your time in the Word – Write down a verse or passage that applies to these areas of your life: • Family • Co-Workers • Unsaved friend or family member • During your prayer time, use the verses you wrote down to pray for these people in your life. Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

  22. Just for fun - perspective • Adam to Noah – 10 people – 6 guys were contemporary with both! Nov 10-Dec 15: 11:00-12:15

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