| The lessons this
quarter lead us into sacred places where Jesus and great saints
wrestled with God in prayer. Over half of these prayers sprang out of
the dark emotions of discouragement, fear, and remorse; for it is in
distress that humans most often seek God. Other prayers are bright with
triumph, joy, and praise. All grew out of spiritual conflict with the
forces of evil.
The pray-ers in these lessons represent a variety of
people-the God-man Jesus, ordinary men and women, statesmen and kings,
prophets and apostles, angels and redeemed. From them we learn of the
circumstances that generate prayer-rejection, abuse, guilt, burden for
souls, or joy and thanksgiving. From them we learn of the kinds of
prayer that move the heart of God-complaints, pleadings, or praise-and
how He responds to them. From them we learn of the need for patience
and perseverance as we wait for God to work out His purposes.
Jesus is our finest example of how a human being in a
world of evil can grasp the mighty power of God through prayer and
prevail. Three lessons are devoted to Him. After an introductory lesson
based on Jesus' prayers and prayer habits, the lessons continue in
chronological order from the oldest book of the Bible (Job) to the
triumphant conclusion portrayed in the latest (Revelation).
Prayer can lift you from the depths of darkness to
the radiance of the heavenly land, from your dismal circumstances to
the throne room of God. You will benefit most from these lessons if you
try to put yourself in the place of the Bible characters. Then try to
reach out to God and experience His blessings as they did.
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the Principal Contributor to This Guide
Beatrice S. Neall, Ph.D.,
received her education from La Sierra College and Andrews University.
After marrying Ralph Neal! in 1949. she served as a pastor's wife in
the New York Conference. Called to mission service in 1957, the couple
spent 17 years in Cambodia, Vietnam, and Singapore. During these years,
Dr. Neal! wrote, for non-Christians, books and Bible courses that have
been widely used in Asia and Africa. She taught theology at Southeast
Asia Union College and recently retired from 17 years as professor of
religion at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Through the years, Dr. Neal! has contributed articles
to such Adventist publications as The Adventist Review and Ministry.
She also has served on numerous General Conference Committees including
the Sanctuary Review Committee ("Glacier View"), the Daniel and
Revelation Committee, and the Christian View of Human Life Committee.
Since retirement, the Nealls have returned three
times to Cambodia to teach the pastors and lay-workers there. To help
that country learn the ways of peace, Dr. Neall has written a book,
Building a Better Cambodia, which is impacting the thought leaders of
School Study Helps
Jerry Giardina of Pecos, Texas, assisted by his wife,
Cheryl, prepares a series of helps to accompany the Sabbath School
lesson. He includes all related scripture and most EGW quotations.
Jerry has chosen the "New King James Version" of the scriptures this
quarter. It is used with permission. The study helps are
provided in three wordprocessing versions Wordperfect;
RTF for our
MAC friends; and HTML (Web
Last updated on February 9,
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Principal Contributors: Beatrice S. Neall, Ph. D.
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