Chapter 1: Think About God When You Pray
Will Teach You to Pray
Do you ever wonder why some people receive
such wonderful answers to prayer while so many of
your prayers seem to be unanswered? Or why some people
talk to God so easily and you find it hard to know
what to say? Or why sometimes you feel the presence
of God, and at others you seem to be talking to a
blank wall? Perhaps every Christian has asked himself or herself
Even Jesus' disciples had some problems
about prayer. They could see in His life how important
prayer was, what wonderful things happened in answer
to His prayers. And so they begged Him:
Let's make this our prayer as we study these lessons.
God wants to answer this prayer for us. In fact, He
is the One who has given us the desire to pray.
When God made us, He put something in us that reaches
out for Him. We realize that we need a power greater
than our own to solve our problems, protect us, and
meet our needs. We reach out to the world of the supernatural
for help. But our urge to pray goes beyond that. We
feel the need to worship, honor, and serve some supernatural
How important it is to direct this worship to the
right Person - the One who made us, God! Only then
can we find the deep satisfaction that He wants us
to enjoy. God made us so that we could talk things
over with Him and He could talk with us and help us.
Life is not complete without this communion with Him.
God invites us to come to Him in prayer and ask Him
for whatever we need. Just think of it - the One who
made the world and everything in it, the Lord and
Ruler of the universe wants to talk with us. He made
us, understands us, loves us, and wants to help us.
Time and again in the Book He has given us - the Holy
Bible - He invites us to take our problems to Him,
talk everything over with Him. That's what prayer
is – talking with God. He tells us:
to me, and I will answer you; I will tell you wonderful
and marvelous things that you know nothing about"
You may be sure that God will teach you as you study
and put into practice what the Bible tells us about
how to pray. The title of each lesson in this book
gives you a biblical principle, a simple rule that
will help you when you pray. Then the lesson is full
of practical suggestions on how to apply it. The principle
for this lesson - think of God when you pray - is
one that Jesus teaches us. If we follow the model
He gave, we begin our prayers recognizing who God
is, honoring Him, and praying for His will to be done.
then, is how you should pray:
“Our Father in heaven: May your holy name be
honored; may your kingdom come; may your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven" (Matthew 6:9
For You to Do
In each one of these For You to Do sections,
the questions or exercises will help you review or
apply what you have just studied. Please write the
answers in a notebook.
1. Read Luke 11:1 and Jeremiah 33:3 five times. How
do you plan to use these verses as you study these
2. If you have not yet read the information from
the beginning of the study to here, please do so now,
then write in your notebook your main reason for studying
3. Look at the table of contents. Make note of the
things that you already do when you pray in your notebook.
Make note of the things you feel you probably should
practice more in your notebook.
4. What biblical principle do you find in the title
of this lesson? Who taught it?
5. Which do you usually think about more when you
a) God - who He is, what He has done for you, what
He wants you to do.
b) Yourself - your problems, what you want God to
do for you.
Talk with God now about what He wants
you to learn in these studies.
Now check your answers.
When we talk with someone, we don't
just think about ourselves and our needs. We think
first about the other person - who he is, what he
does, and what he is to us. Our first lesson in how
to pray effectively is to apply this same principle
when we talk to God: Think about God when you
pray. In fact, this is a basic part of worship.
The word worship in English comes from worth+ship
and means to recognize the worthiness of God.
First of all, let us realize that God is good. Because
God is good He wants to free us from the things that
bring suffering. He wants to bless us, making us happy
and healthy and helping us live good and useful lives.
Thinking about how good God is makes us want to join
in the song of the Psalmist:
1 Sing to the Lord, all the world!
2 Worship the Lord with joy; come before him with
3 Never forget that the Lord is God. He made us, and
we belong to him; we are his people, we are his flock.
4 Enter the temple gates with thanksgiving, go into
its courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise
5 The Lord is good; his love is eternal and his faithfulness
For You to Do
6. Read Psalm 100 five times. Find the answers to
the questions in the verses indicated.
a) Who should sing to the Lord? (v. 1)
b) How should we come to God? (v. 2)
c) What should we always remember?(v. 3)
d) With what attitude should we go into the place
where we worship God? (v. 4)
e) What does verse 5 teach us about God?
If you know a song of praise, sing it to God.
Now check your answers.
God loves you and me. It is His very
nature to love. The Father sent His Son Jesus Christ
into the world to: 1) tell us about His love, 2) demonstrate
that love in His life and death for us, and 3) make
it possible for us to be with Him and enjoy His love
forever. Jesus said:
“For God loved the world so much that he gave
his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him
may not die but have eternal life” (John 3:16
Because God is good, He has set certain
standards for the world He has made. He teaches us
right from wrong in the Bible and helps us do what
is right. As Ruler of the universe, He must judge
us for what we do, rewarding those who do right and
punishing those who do wrong. Unfortunately, we have
all done wrong and were condemned to be separated
eternally from God unless there was some way to save
And there was a way! God loved us so much that He
sent His own Son, Jesus Christ, to take our place.
Jesus loves us too and died for our sins. He came
back to life and went back to heaven. Some day He
will come again to put everything right here in His
have come in order that you might have life - life
in all its fullness” (John 10:10
When we pray, if we think about how God loves us,
we want to please Him. We are sorry for the wrong
we have done and ask Him to forgive us and help us
do what is right.
we confess our sins to God, he will keep his promise
and do what is right: he will forgive us our sins
and purify us from all our wrongdoing (1 John 1:9
For You to Do
7. Read John 3:16 five times. What proof do you have
that God loves you?
8. How can we be forgiven for our sins?
Now check your answers.
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is Our Father
When we accept Jesus as our Savior,
God becomes a Father to us. He does more than just
adopt us. He sends His Holy Spirit to live in us,
give us a new nature and make us His children. Jesus
teaches us to call God Father when we pray, just as
He always did. Think what it means for us to be able
to call the Creator of the universe Father! We can
come to Him at any time and ask for whatever we need
from our Father in heaven. Jesus tells us that the
Father loves us and wants to give us what we need.
is why I tell you not to be worried about the food
and drink you need ... Look at the birds flying around:
they do not sow seeds, gather a harvest and put it
in barns; yet your Father in heaven takes care of
them! Aren't you worth much more than birds?”
as you are, you know how to give good things to your
children. How much more, then, will your Father in
heaven give good things to those who ask Him!"
Our part is simply to ask God for what we need. This
is an important part of prayer. We ask and He has
promised to answer. We need not be afraid that we
are asking for something that is too hard for God
to do. He can do anything! And so we ask, knowing
that God is our Father.
Ask and You Will Receive
FOR YOUR NEED - GOD'S
Your Weakness - God's
Your Failures - God's
Your Loneliness - God's
Your Ignorance - God's
Your Problems - God's
Your Sickness - God's
For You to Do
9. Have you accepted Jesus as your Savior? If so,
thank God for being your Father. If not, would you
like to pray this prayer?
God, I would like to have You as my Father. Thank
You for sending Your Son to save me. Please forgive
all the wrong things I have done and help me do what
10. Read five times John 16:27; Matthew 6:25-26;
Matthew 7:11; Luke 11:9. Make a list in your notebook
of any needs you have in the list above. Pray about
them. Thank God for answering your prayer.
11. Write in your notebook any special needs that
ydou want your Father to supply. Pray. As He provides
them, write beside each the date that you receive
Can Do Anything
God can do anything because He is infinite,
that is, He has no limits. He is not limited by space
- He is everywhere. He is not limited by time - He
has always been and always will be; in other words,
He is eternal. God sees the future just as clearly
as He sees the past and present because He is infinite
in knowledge. Nothing is hidden from Him - not even
God understands us much better than we understand
ourselves and knows just what is best for us. As we
go to Him in prayer and ask Him to guide us, we can
trust in His infinite wisdom, goodness, and love.
Whatever He does is right. We can surrender our lives
to Him joyfully, knowing that He will take good care
GOD IS INFINITE IN:
God is infinite in power - He created the universe
and operates it by His commands. The laws of nature
are simply the patterns that God has established for
His world; He is not limited by them. Whenever it
suits His purpose God may speed up or slow down their
operation. Or, He may even temporarily suspend their
action by a higher law, the order of the Creator.
The result is a miracle. We read of the miracles that
Jesus did: He healed the sick, raised the dead, caused
the blind to see and the deaf to hear, all with a
word or a touch. We need never fear that our problems
are too big for God!
For You to Do
12. Repeat these great truths:
God is good and wants to answer my prayers.
God has all power; He can help me now.
God is everywhere; He is with me now.
God is all wise; He will do what is best.
God is my Father; He wants to meet my need.
God loves me and I love Him.
What do you feel about God when you repeat these
sentences? I suggest that each day you find a place
of quiet meditation and repeat these truths before
you pray. Do this until you have formed the habit
of really thinking about God whenever you pray.
Check your answers.
Your Answers – Lesson 1
1. Your answer may be different from
mine. I would make Luke 11:1 my prayer as I began
to study each lesson and then remind myself of God's
promise in Jeremiah 33:3.
2. Your answer might be any of the reasons you have read about,
a reason of your own, or simply that you want to pray
better and have your prayers answered.
3. Your answer. I would have to make note of several
4. Think about God when you pray. Jesus.
5. Your answer. Most people would mark b.
6. a) All the world.
b) With happy songs.
c) He made us and we belong to Him.
d) Thanking and praising God.
e) He is good, His love lasts forever, and He is always
7. He gave His Son, Jesus Christ, to save me.
8. Believe in Jesus and ask God to forgive us.
9. Your answer. I hope that you have received Jesus
as your Savior. If you need to know more about receiving
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10-11. Your answers. We will be praying that God will
meet all your needs.
12. You probably feel more confidence in God and
more desire to talk with Him in prayer.
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2: Come to God the Right Way When You Pray