10: The Promise of Prayer – Thought Starters
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“God is my best Friend,” Judy said quietly to her friend Stacy as the adult Sabbath school was tranforming into the worship hour.1

“Mine, too,” Stacy replied. “The best Friend I’ve ever had. I talk to Him a lot.”

A set of shoulders in front of them paused and turned in their direction. It was Bob, one of the teachers for another adult class. “Be careful, ladies,” he said. “You talk like that too much and […]

10: The Promise of Prayer – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Prayer is the most important way of communing with God and should be engaged in as much as possible. Christ showed that prayer attitudes such as humility, persistence, and acceptance of God’s will greatly helps us.

[Teaching Plan for “The Promise of Prayer” March 7, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read Matthew 26:39-41.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Why was Jesus asking not to do […]

Wednesday: Because You Do Not Ask
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One of the questions that those who pray often ask is, “Can my prayers really move God to do something that, otherwise, He might not do?” That’s a logical question. To answer it, all we can do is go to the Word of God and see what it says.1

Read James 4:2; Luke 11:9, 10; James 5:16–18. What do these texts say about our prayers and the actions of God?  

However much prayer changes us, and impacts our relationship with God and others, the Bible […]

Tuesday: The Prayer of Faith
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“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Heb. 11:6). What important principles does this text teach us in regard to what is required for prayer and what it means to us?  1

In a sense, prayer is a way of coming to God, of opening oneself up to Him. We don’t pray so that God will know the things that […]

Monday: Jesus, the Praying Messiah
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What do the following texts teach us about Jesus and prayer? What is the context of these verses?1

Luke 3:21, 22

Luke 9:28, 29

Luke 6:12, 13

Heb. 5:7

Matt. 14:23

Luke 22:31, 32

Matt. 26:34–44

Jesus, the spotless Son of God, the one who was without sin, without fault, the one who lived in perfect harmony with the will of the Father, obviously had a powerful prayer life. (The above verses don’t even include Jesus’ prayer in John 17.) If Jesus needed to pray in order to deal with […]

Sunday: The Past and the Future
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One day, a young man received a letter from a former co-worker, someone who had retired a number of years earlier. The two workers, to put it mildly, hadn’t gotten along; the one who had left, from the start, had treated the other one badly. Anyway, the worker still there opened the letter and started to read. Among the words were the following: “You know, I don’t understand how prayer works, never did, at least intellectually. I do know, however, […]

Sabbath: The Promise of Prayer
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Read for This Week’s Study: Col. 4:2, Rom. 12:12, Matt. 26:34–44, Heb. 11:6, James 4:2, John 14:15, 1 Thess. 4:3.

Memory Text:

“Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice” (Psalm 55:17, NKJV).

Key Thought: In numerous places in the Bible the Lord calls us to pray because prayer is an essential component of our walk with Him.

Ellen White gave us these words on the issue of prayer: “Our heavenly Father waits to bestow upon us the fullness of His blessing. […]

Further Study: The Bible and History
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“The Bible is the most ancient and the most comprehensive history that men possess. It came fresh from the fountain of eternal truth, and throughout the ages a divine hand has preserved its purity. . . . Here only do we find an authentic account of the origin of nations. Here only is given a history of our race unsullied by human pride or prejudice.

“In the annals of human history the growth of nations, the rise and fall of empires, […]

09: The Bible and History – Thought Starters
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Al Brown lived with his wife on the corner less than a block from my house. I spent a lot of time visiting them in their little house on the edge of twenty acres of pastureland.1

You could just get past the door at the Browns’ house before you were in the doorway to the kitchen. But if you closed the door there was room for a wooden rocking chair where Mr. Brown sat, and room for me on a […]

09: The Bible and History – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought: Human history appears as dependent on the abilities of man, but above it all, God is working out His purposes ending with the second coming of Jesus.

 

[Teaching Plan for “The Bible and History” February 29, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read Revelation 1:1-3.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. How do you think God chooses a person to be a prophet?
Does He use prophets today, or […]