Copyright © 2012 by Derek Leaf . Not to be copied for commercial purposes.  Permission is granted to copy the unaltered, attributed page for non commercial purposes.

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. 2 Cor 5:17

Comments, questions or discussion can happen on Facebook

Go to the source! Discover what the Bible says about …

These pages are designed to aid study or investigation for Christian discipleship through individual Bible study, Cell groups, Home groups, or meeting one to one.  The questions could be used alone allowing each person to use their own Bible.


Prayer is talking to God.  Whatever we say God hears us.  Whatever we speak to God, He takes as prayer to Him.  In this sense there is nothing simpler than prayer.

Just as learning to talk takes effort and practice for a child, so starting to pray takes practice and effort.  When we pray we don’t get the immediate response we would get from a person.  It could feel awkward.  We need practice to overcome this awkwardness.  We need practice praying silently to God in our heart.  We also need practice when praying out loud with other people listening.

Bible Zone

Jesus taught much about prayer, and many passages of the Bible contain prayers.  Here we look at some of Jesus’ teaching.

Jesus Prays

Though Jesus is God, He too prayed to His Father.  Here is an example of Jesus praying when His friend died.

  1. What confidence does Jesus have that His Father will hear Him?
  2. How much does Jesus seem to pray?

John 11:41-44  41 So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, "Father, thank you for hearing me.42 You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me."43 Then Jesus shouted, "Lazarus, come out!"44 And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in grave clothes, his face wrapped in a head cloth. Jesus told them, "Unwrap him and let him go!"

God encourages prayer

Since prayer does not come naturally, the Lord encourages us with the results He gives to us.  Have a look at Matthew 7,

  1. With what attitude does God give His gifts?
  2. What should we pray for?
  3. What is the condition to the promise?

Matthew 7:9-11   9 "You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead?10 Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not!11 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.

How do we pray?

Jesus gave us a way of praying. There are two parts to it.  First, encounter God as He is. (More) Second ask God to meet our needs. (More)

Start off with the words as they are.  As you become more comfortable then you can develop it. Each phrase can be used as a prompt to develop your own prayer.

  1. Who are you praying to?
  2. How does that influence the rest of how you approach God?
  3. What range of needs are presented?
  4. Do you feel comfortable asking for these?

Matthew 6:   9 Pray like this:

Perseverance in prayer

Prayer can be very perplexing.  There are times when we pray and there is an immediate response; at other times it seems that there is no response.  Have a look at Matthew 7

  1. With what attitude does God invite prayer?
  2. Over what variety of needs should we pray?
  3. Consider your circumstances.  For what could you be praying?

Matthew 7:7-8  7 "Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”

Condition to prayer

Prayer is a part of a relationship of trust with God.  If that relationship is broken, then it is clearly going to have an impact on the Father’s attitude to our prayers.  

  1. What do the writers say would hinder prayer?
  2. How do these conditions affect intimate relationships generally?
  3. What else could affect our relationship with God?

Psalm 66: 18 18 If I had not confessed the sin in my heart,

  the Lord would not have listened.

Matthew 6:14 "If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you.15 But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Page appears in Beginnings titled -How can I pray?