02: The Heartbeat of Revival – Teaching Plan

Key Thought : Through prayer, we understand God more, know His will more fully, and experience His presence more powerfully.gless02

[Teaching plan for The Heartbeat of Revival July 8, 2013]

1. Have a volunteer read Luke 9:18.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. What does this passage reveal about Jesus prayer life?
C. Personal Application: Does it seem like there is not enough time to pray? That you’re too busy? What steps can be taken to ensure you have enough time to pray? Share.
D. Case Study: One of your relatives states, “I don’t like praying alone at home. It doesn’t feel like God is there. And if I pray silently, sometimes my train of thought wanders or I may fall asleep.” How would you respond to your relative?

2. Have a volunteer read Matthew 18:19,20.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Why does Jesus say that if two or three agree on something g in prayer, it will be done?
C. Personal Application: Have there been specific times that God powerfully answered your prayers? How can remembering and reflecting on these times help your prayer life today? Share your thoughts.
D. Case Study: One of your friends states, “Does your Sabbath school class or you personally have a prayer list? Are there some situations and people who seem to stay on that list for a long time? What is the benefit of praying in a group? Why aren’t some prayers answered for a seemingly long time?” How would you respond to your friend?

3. Have a volunteer read Matthew 7:11.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Why do we need to pray if God knows everything?
C. Personal Application: What can our church do to place a greater emphasis on united, corporate prayer? Share.
D. Case Study: One of your neighbors states, “Why do we have to beg and plead with God to get anything? Why doesn’t He just give it to us? Does He really care about my little petty problem or situation that He would be willing to help? How do we know if our prayers are selfish?” How would you respond to your neighbor?

4. Have a volunteer read Daniel 9:8-13.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Why does it usually take a disaster in a person’s life or in a community to get people to look to God in prayer? Share.
C. Personal Application: Has your prayer life been what it should be? What do we need to do differently? Share.
D. Case Study: Think of one person who needs to hear a message from this week’s lesson. Tell the class what you plan to do this week to share with them.

(Note: “Truth that is not lived, that is not imparted, loses its life-giving power, its healing virtue. Its blessings can be retained only as it is shared.” MH p. 149)



02: The Heartbeat of Revival – Teaching Plan — 5 Comments

  1. What i see here is that, wherever you call the God in prayer will be answered to you.Irrespective where you just pray to Him and put your petition before God and it will be answered. Amen

  2. Here is a plan for a happy marriage:
    1) ask your wife to make a special dish for supper tonight.
    2) remind her to iron my shirts for tomorrow
    3) be thankful that she makes the bed without telling her in the morning.
    4) tell her that it is her turn to mow the lawn on Sunday
    5) complain to her that the kids are noisy and making it difficult for you to watch the news on TV.

    At about that point your happy marriage dissolved in oblivion. If your wife is kind, she may just ignore you. If she is fiesty, she may beat you around the head with a blunt instrument.

    Sometimes our prayers are like that list for a "happy" marriage. And sometimes I think God ignores that sort of prayer.

    If you go through that list of demands that I suggested make a happy marriage, I am sure than many of you could come up with a list that would be far more effective:

    1) Share the cooking of supper so that both of you are pleased with the result.
    2) Buy shirts that do not need ironing.
    3) Make the bed yourself - you might get breakfast made for you in return.
    4) Mow the lawn while she is out doing the shopping.
    5) If the kids are noisy, play with them - there is another news program an hour later.

    A good marriage is a cooperative effort between good friends.

    A good prayer life is a cooperative effort between good friends too.
    Pray without ceasing!

  3. Actualy it is only through prayer that one weighs the depth of the faith that we have, it renews the relationship between us and God in the highest standard so far, personaly afteq prayer i fill energized and esteemed best.

  4. I must thank the good Lord I read the comments today and especially that of Maurice Ashton because now I understand that we cannot just have a list of wants that we want God to do for us and yet we live a life of disobedience. I think our prayers will all be answered if we obey yahweh.


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