PRAYERS OF THE BIBLE
These prayers can be done as a study in your quiet time or at a Cell group Bible study.
It is important to always read what comes before and after each prayer.
It brought me intimacy with God/Jesus/Holy Spirit as I read, meditated, listened and talked to God through a long period of going through each prayer.
The questions that follow directly after the prayers are there to help you meditate on the prayers and the Bible.
I had put an example of how I had done it at the end of these prayers. It is my private time with God so it is very personal. I have changed names of people I prayed for by changing the names to XXX. (This appears on the Prayers of the Bible under ‘Latest Post’.
May God richly bless you as you get to know him more through the way He worked through the prayers of these people.
- Abijah’s army – for victory … 2 Chronicles 13:14
- Abraham – for a son………..Genesis 15:1-6
- Abraham – for Ishmael …….Genesis 17:18-21
- Abraham – forSodom… Gen. 18:20-32
- Abraham – for Abimelech Gen. 20:17
- Abraham’s servant – for guidance…Gen. 24:12-52
- Asa – for victory …………2 Chronicles 14:11
- Cain – for mercy ……..Genesis 4:13-15
- Centurion – for his servant ….. Matthew 8:5-13)
- Christians – for Peter ……Acts 12:5-12
- Christians – for kings in authority ……1 Timothy 2:1,2
- Corinthians – for Paul…….2 Corinthians 1:9-11
- Cornelius – for enlightenment …..Acts 10:1-33
- Criminal – for salvation …..Luke 23: 42,43
- Daniel – for the Jews …. Daniel 9:3-19
- Daniel – for knowledge ….Daniel 2:17-23
- David – for blessing …. 2 Samuel 7:18-29
- David – for help….. 1 Sam. 23:10-13
- David – for guidance …………2 Samuel 2:1
- David – for grace ….Psalm 25:16
- David – for justice ………………Psalm 9:17-20
- Disciples – for boldness …..Acts 4:24-31
- Elijah – for drought and rain….James 5:17,18
- Elijah – for the raising to life of the widow’s son.. 1 Kings 17:20-23
- Elijah – for triumph over Baal……. 1 Kings 18:36-38
- Elijah – for death…..1 Kings 19:4
- Elisha – for blindness and sight ……2 Kings 6:17-23
- Ezekiel – or undefilement …..Ezekiel 4:12-15
- Ezra – for the sins of the people ……Ezra 9:6-15
- Gideon – for proof of his call ….. Judges 6: 36-40
- Habakkuk – for deliverance ….. Habakkuk 3:1-19
- Habakkuk – for justice …..Hab. 1:1-4
- Hagar – for consolation ….. Genesis 21:14-20
- Hannah – for a son ….. 1 Samuel 1:10-17
- Hezekiah – for deliverance ….. 2 Kings 19:15-19
- Hezekiah – for health …….2 Kings 20:1-11
- Holy Spirit – for Christians ………………Romans 8:26.27
- Isaac – for children …….Genesis 25:21, 24-26
- Israelites – for deliverance ….Exodus 2: 23-25 and Ex 3:7-10
- Jabez – for prosperity ……..1 Chr. 4:10
- Jacob – all night ……..Gen. 32:24-30
- Jacob – for deliverance from Esau ….Gen.32: 9-12
- Jehoahaz – for victory ……….2 Kings 13:1-5
- Jehoshaphat – for protection …..2 Chr. 20:5-12,27
- Jehoshaphat – for victory …… 2 Chr. 18: 31
- Jeremiah – forJudah…………Jeremiah 42: 1-6
- Jeremiah – for mercy …….Jer. 14:7-10
- Jesus – Lord’s prayer ………………………Matthew 6: 9-13
- Jesus – praise for revelation to babes ………Matt. 11:25-26
- Jesus – at Lazarus’ tomb ………….John 11:41,42
- Jesus – for the Father’s glory ….John 12:28
- Jesus – for the church …….John 17:1-26
- Jesus – for deliverance ….Matthew 26:39, 42, 44 and Matt 27:46
- Jesus – for forgiveness for others …..Luke 23:34
- Jesus – in submission …..Luke 23:46
- Jews – for save journey ………………Ezra 8:21,23
- Jonah – for deliverance from the fish …..Jonah 2:1-10
- Joshua – for help and mercy …….Joshua 7:6-9
- Leper – for healing ….. Matthew 8:2,3
- Manasseh – for deliverance ……2 Chr. 33:12,13
- Manoah – for guidance …… Judges 13:8-15
- Moses – for Pharaoh ………Ex. 8:9-13
- Moses – for water …..Ex 15:24,25
- Moses – forIsrael…..Ex. 32:31-35
- Moses – for Miriam …..Numbers 12:11-14
- Moses – that he might see the Promised Land … Deuteronomy 3:23-25 Deut.34:1-4
- Moses – for a successor …….. Numbers 27:15-17
- Nehemiah – for the Jews ……Nehemiah 1:4-11
- Paul – for the healing of Publius’ father …………Acts 28:8
- Paul – for the Ephesians ……….Ephesians 3: 14-21
- Paul – for grace ……….2 Corinthians 12:8,9
- People ofJudah– for a covenant ….2 Chronicles 15:12-15
- Peter for the raising of Dorcas …. Acts 9:40
- Priests – for blessing …………2 Chronicles 30;27
- Rebekah – for understanding ……Genesis 25: 22,23
- Reubenites – for victory ……….1 Chronicles 5:18-20
- Samson – for water …….Judges 15:18,19
- Samson – for strength ….Judges 16:29,30
- Samuel – forIsrael………………………….1 Samuel 7:5-12
- Solomon – for wisdom ………….1 Kings 3:6-14
- Tax-gatherer – for mercy …….Luke 18:13
- Zechariah – for a son …..Luke 1:13
QUESTIONS TO HELP YOU MEDITATE ON THE PRAYERS
4. ABRAHAM INTERCEDES FOR SODOM Genesis 18: 19-32
(The reading comes from the New Living Translation, but I always have my New King James Version open beside it and read from both. It is important to compare the new translations to the more original one.)
19 “ I have singled him out so that he will direct his sons and their families to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just. Then I will do for Abraham all that I have promised.”
20 So the LORD told Abraham, “I have heard a great outcry from Sodom and Gomorrah, because their sin is so flagrant. 21 I am going down to see if their actions are as wicked as I have heard. If not, I want to know.”
22 The other men turned and headed toward Sodom, but the LORD remained with Abraham. 23 Abraham approached Him and said, “Will you sweep away both the righteous and the wicked?
24 Suppose you find fifty righteous people living there in the city- will You still sweep it away and not spare it for their sakes?25 Surely You wouldn’t do such a thing, destroying the righteous along with the wicked. Why, You would be treating the righteous and the wicked exactly the same! Surely you wouldn’t do that! Should not the Judge of all the earth do what is right?
26 And the LORD replied, “If I find fifty righteous people in Sodom, I will spare the entire city for their sake.”
27 Then Abraham spoke again. “Since I have begun, let me speak further to my Lord, even though I am but dust and ashes. 28 Suppose there are only forty-five righteous people rather than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five?”
And the LORD said, “I will not destroy it if I find forty-five righteous people there.”
29 Then Abraham pressed his request further. “Suppose there are only forty?”
And the LORD replied, “I will not destroy it for the sake of the forty.”
30 “Please don’t be angry, my Lord, “Abraham pleaded. “Let me speak-suppose only thirty righteous people are found?”
And the LORD replied, “I will not destroy it if I find thirty.”
31 Then Abraham said, “Since I have dared to speak to the Lord, let me continue – suppose there are only twenty?”
And the LORD replied, “Then I will not destroy it for the sake of the twenty.”
32 Finally, Abraham said, “Lord, please don’t be angry with me if I speak one more time. Suppose only ten are found there?”
And the Lord replied, “Then I will not destroy it for the sake of the ten.”
4. Abraham Intercedes for Sodom Genesis 18: 19-32
19 “I have singled him out so that he will direct his sons and their families to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just. Then I will do for Abraham all that I have promised.”
- 1. What are God’s thoughts towards Abraham? Read and write down 1 John3:1 and see what God’s thoughts are towards you!
- 2. What are the Lords instructions to Abraham in the above verse? What are the Lords instructions to you? (The same as the above and Mark 16:15)
20 So the LORD told Abraham, “I have heard a great outcry from Sodom and Gomorrah, because their sin is so flagrant. 21 I am going down to see if their actions are as wicked as I have heard. If not, I want to know.”
- Why do you think the LORD is telling Abraham this?
See Ezekiel 22: 30 “I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land, but I found no one.”
“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16
Say to them: ‘As I live,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live.’ Ezekiel 33:11
- We know that God knows everything; why do you think God would say “I am going down to see…I want to know”?
“The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.” Proverbs 15:3
“I am a merciful God.” Deuteronomy 4:31
“God is a righteous judge.” Psalm 7:11
(Is it to expose their sins? To give them an opportunity to repent? To know God cares? To get someone to pray and intercede for them?
- What is the ultimate sin?
Jesus said in John 16:9 “The worlds sin is that it refuses to believe in Me.”
- Think of the world; can you name sins that could be crying out to the Lord? Sins that are going against the word of God. Sin’s that are denying God? After reading this conversation between God and Abraham; what do you think you, as an individual (and collectively as a cell group), can do about all the wrong?
- Think of someone in your family from whom the Lord might be hearing a great outcry. Intercede and pray for him/her or them.
Think of your neighborhood, your country, the world. Can you hear an outcry for any place in particular? Approach the Lord, in Jesus name, and pray and intercede.
“ Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)
See Ezekiel 33 …but his blood I will require at your hand.
22 The other men turned and headed toward Sodom, but the LORD remained with Abraham. 23 Abraham approached Him and said, “Will you sweep away both the righteous and the wicked?
- 8. Who were ‘the other men’ headed toward Sodom? (See Genesis 19:1)
- Why do you think, the angels were going to Sodom and Gomorrah? (“The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them” (Psalm 34:7; Psalm 91:11)
- In Isaiah 64:6 God says that our righteous deeds are like filthy rags to Him. So then, who are the righteous? Remember Abraham in Gen. 15:6 and read Romans 3:22. Also (“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteous of God in Him.” 2 Cor. 5:21)
- Why did God save Lot? Give the answer from Genesis 19:29
- Why do you think Abraham did not start off with asking God to save the city if there were only 10 righteous people?
“Will you sweep away both the righteous and the wicked?”
- How would you explain God’s ultimate protection, when in a disaster, the wicked (unsaved) and the righteous (saved) are both ‘swept away’ in to death? (See how you would answer this question before looking at the following Bible verses.)
“For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (1 Phil. 1:21)
“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28
“And I give them eternal life, …never perish.” John 10:28
“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.” (John 11: 25,26)
“Finally there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that day.” (2 Timothy 4:8)
Seeing this intense intercession of Abraham for Sodom and Gomorrah, I could not help but think of the intercessors of the Bible and the outcome of destruction or salvation:
(a)Noah and the flood. 1 Who died? (Gen. 7:23) 2 Who was saved? (Gen. 7:23)
(b)Abraham and Sodom and Gomorrah. 1 Who died? Who was saved?
(c) Jonah and Nineveh 1. Why was no one destroyed by God in Nineveh? (Jonah 3: 5 and verse 10)
(d) Jesus and hell. 1. Who is thrown in to the lake of fire? (Revelations 20:15) 2. Who can escape from hell? (John 3:16) (2 Peter 3:9)
“He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.” 2 Peter 3: 9 NLT
“For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NLT
“Rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:20
5. ABRAHAM – FOR ABIMELECH Genesis 20:17
Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech, his wife, and his female servants, so they could have children. Gen. 20:17
Without reading all of Genesis 20 would you not think this a strange scenario? Would you not want to know the story behind this encounter? The Bible is such an intriguing Book?
“These things happened to them as examples for us. They were written down to warn us..” 1 Cor. 10:11
- Who are the characters portrayed in this prayer?
- What is the prayer request?
- What is different here compared to the previous prayers we have observed between Abraham and God?
- Who is not involved or mentioned in this prayer but played a major role in the entire scene?
- With whom in Gen. 20 does God have a two-way conversation?
- How do you know that Abimelech and his people were godless people? Gen. 20:11
- Have you ever had non-Christians ask you to pray for them? Why do you think this is?
- After reading all of Genesis 20; how would you compare it to the story of Joseph? How does God take the bad and turn it in to good? (Also see Gen. 21:22,23)
- Who is the ‘bad’ character in this historic piece of history?
- Why did Abraham say his wife is his sister? Gen. 20:11 “Because I thought…”
- 11. How would this verse have helped Abraham (and us); Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and Lean not on your own understanding.; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5
- 12. Abraham told a half- truth by saying Sarah is his sister. What is God’s viewpoint on this as taught in the Bible? What is the danger of this to Christians who do not know their Bible?
Get the truth and never sell it. Proverbs 23:23
I am telling you this so no one will deceive you with well crafted arguments. Col. 2:4
…some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures. 2 Peter 3:16 NKJ
- What is the answer for you? What must you do to protect yourself from half truths?
“You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 3: 17-18
- How can you grow in the grace and knowledge of your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? Make a decision now on how you can improve your knowledge of Jesus Christ. God says in James 4:8 “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” How can you draw near to God? How can you do more than what you are doing now?
- Repeat this verse out loud 3 times (But replace the word ‘Him’ with Jesus Christ).
To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen. 2 Peter 3:18b
To Jesus Christ be the glory both now and forever. To Jesus Christ be the glory both now and forever. To Jesus Christ be the glory both now and forever. (Say this when you wake up in the morning. Put it on your wall where you can read it often.
- What was God’s purpose with visiting Abimelech, the ungodly king?
- Abimelech encounters a visit from God. He is made aware of his sin. Jesus said in John 7:7”The world hates me because I accuse it of doing evil.” In John 3:17 we learn that God sent His Son to save the world and not to judge it. 1 John 1:9 we are told that if you confess your sins He is faithful and will forgive you your sins. What saved Abimelech from death and caused him to be blessed?
- 18. “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.” Matthew 3:2
Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God. Matthew 3:8
Explain how Abimelech had followed the above words in Matthew.
- What did Jesus say we must we do if someone holds something against us?
Go and read Matthew 5:23,24.
- If Abimelech would have slept with Sarah, who would he have sinned against? Gen 20:6
“Against You and You alone have I sinned.” Psalm 51:4 Please take time to read this whole psalm. I will ask you to make a sacrifice to God, by reading this Psalm in the time of your favorite TV program. Give up something you enjoy and in its place read this Psalm.
- If someone would sin against you, (as a reborn child of God through Jesus Christ) who will they be sinning against?
- Who was protecting Sarah?
- I want you to imagine the story from Sarah’s point of view. Meditate on this: A husband ‘rejecting ‘ her; entering a foreign land; foreign customs, foreign language, godlessness,. Being a woman of God, can you imagine how she must have shone Gods light in this dark world.
- Why did Abimelech not sleep with Sarah?
- Did Sarah know at this stage about God’s protection? What do you think? Was God working behind the scenes?
- In what way did God protect Sarah from being mocked for not being able to fall pregnant? Gen. 20: 18
Here comes an interesting project. You don’t have to do it on paper, but think on it. Take each of the characters in this story, write out their testimony as they would present it to your church on Sunday.
There is so much we do not know but we can imagine. I think this would make the most beautiful movie.
6. ABRAHAM’S SERVANT – FOR GUIDANCE Genesis 24:12-52
Read through all of Genesis 24:12-52 before starting the questions.
(…He rewards those who sincerely seek Him. Hebrews 11:6)
12“Oh LORD, God of my master, Abraham,” he prayed. “Please give me success today, and show unfailing love to my master, Abraham.
- Who is this servant working for?
- Why did he want success in his work?
“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,…” Colossians 3:23
- Can you say this about this servant? Can you say this about yourself?
- 4. Why could you say that Colossians 4: 1 would apply to Abraham “Masters, be just and fair to your slaves. Remember that you also have a Master – in heaven.
(Adapt this prayer. Keep it somewhere so that you can adapt it in to your own prayer.
“Oh LORD God of Abraham, please give me success today, and show unfailing love to me. (Or my son, brother, daughter… whoever you are praying for. In times of exams, or even before starting your Bible readings.
Go back to our previous prayers and compile words from these prayers that you can pray.)
13 See, I am standing here beside this spring,
- Why would the spring be the right place to be if you were looking for a wife?
- Where are you standing? Are you there where the Lord can bless you? Are you in
His word and are you obedient to His word?
14 This is my request. I will ask one of them “Please give me a drink from your jug. If she says, ‘Yes, have a drink, and I will water your camels too!’ let her be the one you have selected as Isaacs wife. This is how I will know that you have shown unfailing love to my master.
- 7. Go and read Judges 6:36-40 Now read Matthew 4: 6-7 Please meditate on these two readings. (What was Gideon wanting and who was he talking to? What was his need? Who was talking to Jesus and what was he telling Him to do? Was there any sense in this instruction?) Deut. 6:16 You must not test the LORD your God as you did when you complained at Massah.
- Now I ask you; was Abraham’s servant putting out a fleece to God?
- Have you ever put a fleece out to God? What happened?
10. Which part of the servants request shows that he wants a wife with character (kindness and caring) for Isaac?
15 Before he had finished praying, he saw a young woman named Rebekah coming out with her water jug on her shoulder. (Is this not so exciting! God’s appointed time for this young lady! And she does not know it yet.)She was the daughter of Bethuel, who was the son of Abraham’s brother Nahor and his wife, Milca. 16 Rebekah was very beautiful and old enough to be married, but she was still a virgin. She went down to the spring, filled her jug, and came up again.
11. Which words in verse 15 tells you that the servant is ‘watching and praying’?
12. Read this verse: “It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear.” Isaiah 64:24 Have you ever experienced this?
13. Name 4 things that you think will make the servant’s mission successful up to now and that show God’s unfailing love to Abraham. (4 things that make the young woman a perfect wife for Isaac?)
14. What would you say ‘true beauty’ is?
Running over to her, the servant said, “Please give me a little drink of water from your jug.”
15. The servants action reminds me of this verse “What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions.” James 2:14
Which action of the servant makes you feel his anticipation of seeing his request to
“Yes, my Lord”, she answered, “have a drink.” And she quickly lowered her jug from her shoulder and gave him a drink.
When she had given him a drink, she said, “I’ll draw water for your camels too, until they have had enough to drink.” 20 So she quickly emptied her jug into the watering trough and ran back to the well to draw water for all his camels.
16. Rebekah was asked to give a drink of water, she was not asked to give the camels water, but she does. What does this tell you about her? (By their fruits you will know them. Matthew 7:20)
17. Why do you think that this was what Abrahams servant required of the wife-to-be for Isaac?
18. In Matthew 25:40 Jesus says about a king: ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it for me!’ Discuss this verse.
21 The servant watched her in silence, wondering whether or not the LORD had given him success in his mission. 22 Then at last the camels had finished drinking, he took out a gold ring for her nose and two gold bracelets for her wrists.
19. What do you think of the nose ring?
20. What do you think of being tattooed?
Here are three verses to make you think: (Lets discuss your opinions.)
“Do not cut your bodies for the dead, and do not mark your skin with tattoos. I am the LORD.” Leviticus 19:28
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” Samuel 16:7
“Wait! Don’t harm the land or the sea or the trees until we have placed the seal of God on the foreheads of his servants.” Revelation 7:3
I am adding a letter and answer which I found on the internet. Do you agree with the answer?
How Come God Doesn’t Want You To Pierce or Tattoo Your Body?? Christians Only Please!?
I Read in The Bible(i don’t remember what chapter or verse)that god doesn’t want you to pierce or mark(tattoo) your body. Now Ive Been A Christian for a while but i gave my life to christ like 5 months ago, but if you see me walking down the street you wouldn’t think i am christian. cause you see im punk…, mohawks, tight jeans and band tee’s is my life and i have my lip pierced and i wanna get the other side pierced and in time get my whole right arm tattooed. but why doesn’t god want you to pierce or tattoo your body?
Best Answer – Chosen by Voters
The Old Testament law commanded the Israelites, “Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD” (Leviticus 19:28). So, even though believers today are not under the Old Testament law (Romans 10:4; Galatians 3:23-25; Ephesians 2:15), the fact that there was a command against tattoos should raise some questions. The New Testament does not say anything about whether or not a believer should get a tattoo.
In relation to tattoos and body piercings, a good test is to determine whether we can honestly, in good conscience, ask God to bless and use that particular activity for His own good purposes. “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). The New Testament does not command against tattoos or body piercings, but it also does not give us any reason to believe God would have us get tattoos or body piercings.
An important scriptural principle on issues the Bible does not specifically address is if there is room for doubt whether it pleases God, then it is best not to engage in that activity. Romans 14:23 reminds us that anything that does not come from faith is sin. We need to remember that our bodies, as well as our souls, have been redeemed and belong to God. Although 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 does not directly apply to tattoos or body piercings, it does give us a principle: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” This great truth should have a real bearing on what we do and where we go with our bodies. If our bodies belong to God, we should make sure we have His clear “permission” before we “mark them up” with tattoos or body piercings.
23 Who’s daughter are you? (The big question!) He asked “And please tell me, would your father have any room to put us up for the night?”
24 “I am the daughter of Bethuel,” she replied. “My grandparents are Nahor and Milcah.
25 Yes, we do have plenty of straw and feed for the camels, and we have room for guests.
26 The man bowed low and worshiped the Lord. 27 “Praise the LORD, the God of my master, Abraham,” He said. “The Lord has shown unfailing love and faithfulness to my master, for He has led me straight to my masters relatives.
- Make a list of times that God has answered your prayers. Now bow before the Lord in spirit and truth and praise and worship and thank Him.
- Read out loud: Psalm 92: 1-5
28 The young woman ran home to tell her family everything that had happened.
29 Now the young woman had a brother named Laban, who ran out to meet the man at the spring.
(Enter Laban! Rebekah’s son Jacob is to come back here many years later to marry Laban’s two daughters. Genesis 29. The Bible is so interesting; this reads like a soapie!)
30 He had seen the nose ring and the bracelets on his sister’s wrists, and had heard Rebekah tell what the man had said. So he rushed out to the spring where the man was still standing beside his camels. 31 Laban said to him, “come and stay with us, you who are blessed by the LORD. Why are you standing here outside the town when I have a room all ready for you and a place prepared for the camels?
- Which words here make you think that Laban is interested in money?
- Do you think Laban’s reaction would have been the same if the servant was poor?
- Read James 2:1-5 What is God saying to us?
32 So the man went home with Laban, and Laban unloaded the camels, gave him straw for their bedding, fed them and provided water for the man and the camel drivers to wash their feet.
- “Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! Hebrews 13:2. From our previous lesson; do you know who entertained angels without knowing it?
- Have you ever experienced hospitality from ‘strangers’? Have you ever shown hospitality to strangers? How would you rate your gift of being hospitable; is it easy for you?
33 Then food was served. But Abraham’s servant said, “I don’t want to eat until I have told you why I have come.”
- What does this tell you about Abraham’s servant? (He must have been hungry.)
- Who’s interest does he have at heart? Why was he there?
- Why did Jesus come to the earth? Whose interest did He have at heart? (1 Timothy 1:15 Paul says “This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief”)
- Jesus is our master, how can we be dedicated and faithful to Him? Read the following verses.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14
“All right,” Laban said, “tell us.”
34 “I am Abraham’s servant” he explained. 35 “And the LORD has greatly blessed my master; he has become a wealthy man. The LORD has given him flocks of sheep and goats, herds of cattle, a fortune in silver and gold, and many male and female servants and camels and donkeys.
- Why do you think Abraham’s servant starts off by mentioning these things? (We know that these blessings were not important to Abraham; remember he said in Genesis 15:2 “Oh sovereign Lord, what good are all Your blessings when I don’t even have a son.”)
36 When Sarah, my master’s wife, was very old, she gave birth to my master’s son, and my master has given him everything he owns.
- What did Abraham do with everything that he owned?
- What must be the most important thing in your life? Read Matthew 22:37-38 ! What matters most?
37 And my master made me take an oath. He said, “Do not allow my son to marry one of these local Canaanite women.”
- What is the most important thing when you choose a partner? Read 2 Corinthians 6: 14 “Do not team up with those who are unbelievers…” (Read 1 Kings11:2 Read all of 1 Kings 11:1-13 to see how the wisest of wise man came short when he disobeyed this instruction from God!)
- Pray for a marriage where you desire for Jesus to move in and fill it with His love. Pray for yourself, your children or grandchildren for Christian partners. Thank God for hearing your prayer.
38 Go instead to my Father’s house., to my relatives and find a wife there for my son.
39 But I said to my master, What if I can’t find a young woman who is willing to go back with me.
- Is the servant negative or being practical and weighing up all the options?
40 He responded, “The LORD, in whose presence I have lived, will send His angel with you and will make your mission successful.”
- What is the secret of Abraham faith in verse 40?
- What do you think it mean to live in God’s presence?
- Romans 12:3 says that God has given us all a measure of faith. How can you increase your faith. Give your answer as found in Romans 10:17 and Hebrews 12:2
- Mark 11:25 has an interesting ‘twist in the tail’ to getting whatever we pray for; what is this?
- “The Father instantly cried out, ‘I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:24 Have you been here?
Yes, you must find a wife for my son from among my relatives. From my father’s family.
41 Then you would have fulfilled your obligation.
But if you go to my relations and they refuse to let her go with you,
- What is our first obligation towards our relations?
you will be free from my oath.
- If we have told them about Jesus being the savior and they will not believe, what will we be free of?
42 So today when I came to the spring, I prayed this prayer:
If Jesus is standing here now (and He is) what is the one prayer you want to pray now? Pray.
(The servant repeats the events as we have studied it before.)
Read all of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob’s history and see the love of God at work, in the lives of ordinary people. I thank God that He is at work in our lives, through the birth, death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. All glory to God.
PRAYERS OF THE BIBLE
7. Asa – for victory. 2 Chronicles 14:11 (Read 2 Chronicles 14:1-15)
(Interesting to note: 2 Chron. 14:2 “Asa did what was pleasing and good in the sight of the Lord. 3 He removed the foreign altars and ….smashed…cut down… commanded the people to seek the Lord…obey…. 6 During those peaceful years he was able to build up the fortified towns throughout Judah…at this time….Lord giving him rest from his enemies.” (Reminds me of the verse in 1 John 5:21 which says “Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.”)
Lord, I pray that when You give me time, that I will use it to get to know You in Your word; to ‘build up the fortified towns’ so that when I call on Your name when the enemy attacks, You will truly be my God. That in the peaceful times I will have removed (by Your power) all that is not from You. All that prevents me from walking purely and holy in Your presence.
“Humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.” James 4:7
Thank You, Father God, for being here with me. Thank You that victory is Yours. My Lord and my God, I bow down before You and I worship You. I praise You. I thank You. Lord, You hear my prayer; You said so Yourself in Your word. Thank You. Thank You for being my God through Jesus Christ my Lord. Give me love.)
QUESTIONS on 2 Chronicles 14:11
Then Asa cried out to the Lord his God, (his God!) “O Lord, no one but You can help the powerless against the mighty! Help us, O Lord our God, for we trust in You alone. It is in Your name that we have come against this vast horde. O Lord, you are our God; do not let mere men prevail against You!
- Can anyone call out to God?
- Which word in the first sentence of the prayer tells us that Asa is in a relationship with God?
- Which word in the first sentence tells us that this is an urgent prayer?
- What does Asa know about God?
- Who is the powerless in this prayer and who is the mighty?
- Looking from God’s view; why are the powerless in this prayer the victorious?
“My strength is made perfect in weakness… When I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Cor. 12: 9-10. “With my God I can leap over a wall” Psalm 18:29 and 2 Samuel 22:30. “My help comes from the Lord” Psalm 121:2.
7. “…do not let mere men prevail against You” Why is Asa not saying “do not let mere men prevail against us!”
8. What was the weapon they were using ‘against this vast horde’?
9. Name our armour as found in Ephesians 6.
‘With weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left’ (2 Cor. 6:7).
10. “When God is on my side, what can mere man do to me.” Romans 8:31 (Psalm 118:6)
Think of the way in which the disciples had been murdered. Then discuss the above verse. How do you understand it?
Remember Death is not by accident but by appointment, “It is appointed for men to die…” (Heb.9:27).
“Into your hands, I commit my spirit…” (Psalm 31:5). It is well; it is well with my soul.
“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.” Matthew 10:28
Also read: Phil 1:21; Proverbs 14:32; Romans 8:18; Romans 5:17; Hebrews 10:34; John 16:33; John 11:25; Acts 1:7;
Acts 7:54-60 Stephen the Martyr 54When they heard these things they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed at him with their teeth. 55But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, 56and said, “Look! I see heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” 59 And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not charge them with this sin.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
Here is a prayer to pray for those who have not accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Pray for whoever God puts on your heart.
Father, in the name of Jesus, we/I come before You in prayer and in faith, believing. It is written in Your Word that Jesus came to save the lost. You wish for all men to be saved and to know Your divine Truth, therefore, Father, I bring ________ before You this day.
Satan, we bind you in the name of Jesus and loose you from the activities in _______’s life!
Father, we/I ask the Lord of the harvest to thrust the perfect labourer into _______’s path to share Your Gospel in a special way so that she/he/ will understand it.
As your labourer ministers to _______, I believe she/he will come to his/her senses and make Jesus the Lord of his/her life.
Your word says that You will deliver those for whom we intercede, who are not innocent, through the cleanness of our hands. We’re standing on Your Word and from this moment on, Father, we shall praise You and thank You for _______salvation. We have committed this matter into your hands and with our faith we see ________ saved, filled with Your Spirit, with a full and clear knowledge of Your word. Amen- so be it!
(Thank You for _________,s salvation. I rejoice and praise and thank you God for the victory! I CONFESS THE ABOVE PRAYER AS DONE. Thank you, God, for sending the labourer. Thank you God that Satan is bound. Hallelujah!
Now pray Asa’s prayer for the same person or someone in need, or for yourself.
9. Centurion (Roman Officer) – for his servant…….. Matthew 8: 5-13
When Jesus returned to Capernaum, a Roman officer (Centurion) came and pleaded with Him, 6”Lord, my young servant lies in bed, paralyzed and in terrible pain.” 7 Jesus said, “I will come and heal him.”
8But the officer said, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed. 9 I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, ‘Go,’ and they go, or ‘Come,’ and they come. And if I say to my slaves, ‘Do this,’ they do it.”
10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to those who were following Him, he said, “I tell you’re the truth, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel! 11 And I tell you this, that many Gentiles will come from all over the world – from east and west – and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the feast in the Kingdom of Heaven. 12 But many Israelites – those for whom the Kingdom was prepared – will be thrown into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
13 Then Jesus said to the Roman officer, “Bo back home. Because you believed, it has happened.” And the young servant was healed that same hour. (NLT)
- The Centurion pleaded with Jesus. What words is the Centurion using? Is he asking Jesus to do something for him? Look carefully. What does Jesus reply?
- Would you like to take some time out now to pour your heart out to Jesus. Give Jesus the circumstances of there where He is so needed.
- This Roman officer (Centurion) was a man trained in warfare with authority over soldiers who served under him. Is he the sort of person you would expect to be pleading with someone? What does this tell you about him?
- Jesus is willing to give His time, to go in person, to the officer’s home; but then the officer says something that must have surprised everyone who heard him. If you were standing there then, what would your thoughts have been about this man saying Jesus can heal his servant without having to go there?
- Compare this to Luke 8:49 and John 11:21
- Now read Matthew 15:21-28, what does this story have in common with the story of the Roman officer? Also read John 4:46-54.
- What do you think; why did this Centurion have so much faith?
- “Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed.” Matt 8:8. Why could Jesus do this? Who is Jesus?
“Jesus came and told His disciples, ‘I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth.’” Matthew 28:18 “…He taught with real authority-quite unlike the teachers of religious law.” 27 “…such authority! Even evil spirits obey His orders!” Mark 1:22; 27.
- Can you and I do this? Read Luke 9:1 and 2; Luke 10:17;
“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name….” Mark 16:17
“And the disciples went everywhere and preached, and the Lord worked through them, confirming what they said by many Miraculous signs.” Mark 16:20
- What do we need to exercise this authority? Read Matthew 17:20
- What do you think could have happened to this Centurion after the death of Jesus? Would it not be interesting if we had his life story. Maybe in heaven God will let us know. And the servant who was healed?
- Here are some very interesting verses from the Old and New testament. I want you to read them and think about the possibilities that this opens for us as God’s children.
“When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away…Philip found himself farther north at the town of Azotus.” Acts 8:39,40
“But beloved do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day.” 2 Peter 3:8
“Then the Spirit lifted me and brought me to the east gateway of the Lord’s Temple…” Ezekiel 11:1
“Afterward the Spirit of God carried me back again to Babylonia to the people in exile there.” Ezekiel 11:24
“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name…” Mark 16:17
“Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs! Then Elisha prayed, “O LORD, open his eyes and let him see!” 2 Kings 6:16-17
O Lord, open our eyes, let us see! Amen
10. Christians – for Peter ……. Acts 12:5-12 (Read from verse 1-12)
5But while Peter was in prison, the church prayed very earnestly for him.
- Who is the church?
- When are we inclined to pray earnestly? (Serious, sincere, determined.)
- How must we pray? (Eph.6:18)?
- Who does Paul tell us to pray for in Eph. 6:18?
- What must we pray (Eph. 6:19-20)?
- Please write out a prayer in which you pray for your minister and his family by name. Pray as the Holy Spirit leads you.
- 7. Write out a Bible verse which you pray for your group. We will each read out our prayer verse.
6 The night before Peter was to be placed on trial, he was asleep, fastened with two chains between two soldiers.
- Would you say that this situation looks hopeless?
- Does Peter look worried? Why do you think Peter is sleeping when he is standing trial the next day and could be killed? (Philippians 4:6-7) (Proverbs 3:5) (Isaiah 54:17)
- What can never be chained? (2 Timothy 2:9)
- While Peter is sleeping, the church is ………………….?
- Peter is one man whose aim is spreading the love of Jesus through salvation. Why on earth is there a need for all this security? Who are these people afraid of?
- What is the attitude today from non-Christians and other religions? Why do you think this is? Read John 3:20; John 15:18-21; John 16:1-3; Proverbs 20:27.
- What should our attitude be toward these people? “Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings.” 1 Corinthians 9: 22-23. Also Romans 14:1. For whom did Jesus die? John 3:17.
7 Suddenly there was a bright light in the cell, and an angel of the Lord stood before Peter.
8. Did Peter know that the angel was there? Did Peter see the bright light? Could God’s angel be busy in your life without you knowing it? When did Peter know it was God’s angel?
9. Can you think of a time that an angel could have been present in your life to bring you through a trial and you only saw it when you looked back?
The angel struck him on his side to awaken him
- Does this seem like a kind action? Could a trial be a wakeup call to get us moving in to God’s will?
And said, “Quick! Get up!” And the chains fell off his wrists.
- 18. Is this a reasonable request when you are chained to the enemy?
- When did the chains fall off his wrists?
Then the angel said to him, “Get dressed and put on your sandals.” And he did. “Now put on your coat and follow me,” the angel ordered.
- Read Psalm 37:23
- How would these words apply to you, in your own personal trial? (1) Get up (2) get dressed (3) put on your sandals (4) put on your coat. (5) Follow me.
- Can you sit back while God does the miracles in your life?
- Could this be good, simple, practical advice for when you are in a deep depression?
- Looking at these instructions from a spiritual point of view, how could it protect you against the enemy? Which verses come to mind?
- Here is an instruction to you: Get up, take the small Bible and a salvation pamphlet I give to you, and go…. Give it to a stranger. Ask God to show you the right person and tell them that God wants to bless them.
- Have you ever felt as if you have been chained between two enemies, and a guard is standing at the gate? Do you know of someone who finds themselves in such a situation? Pray earnestly for him/her or yourself.
- How do you cope when faced with life changing trials? Discuss this with God.
- Do you sometimes think that others won’t understand your problem, and that you won’t ask anyone to pray for you?
- Have you ever felt as if you are a disappointment to God? (Isaiah 54:10 and Matthew 12:20)
- Name the different results the Christians prayers had in this situation?
- What could Herod gain by killing Peter? What was his motive?
- What was Peter’s motive?
- What did Peter do while in prison? (Acts 12:6)
- What did Saul and Silas do while in prison? (Acts 16:25)
- What happened to Joseph in prison? (Genesis 39:21)
- What happened to Jeremiah “while he was still shut up in the court of the prison”? (Jeremiah 33:1)
- What happened to Daniel in the lion’s den? Daniel 6:22. What were the results of God’s intervention in Daniels trial?
- Please read Daniel 6:26-27 out loud 3 times. May you experience God’s awesome presence!
- How did the apostles get out of jail? (Acts 5:19) What was the first thing they were instructed to do?
- Looking at the above, discuss how this affects your thoughts on the trials you go through? What should you do and what can you expect?
Read Psalm 91:1-16. Read Isaiah 40:25-31 and be blessed with God’s word!
“It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to the Most High.” Psalm 92:1 Enjoy Psalm 92.
Sidlow Baxter on prayer: Men may spurn our appeals, reject our messages, despise our persons BUT THEY ARE HELPLESS AGAINST OUR PRAYERS. Go ahead and keep praying because prayer brings peace, works miracles, and expels evil. God bless you
11. CHRISTIANS – For Kings in Authority. 1 Timothy 2: 1-2 (read up to verse 5 and 8)
Also Read: Daniel 2:21; Rev. 17:17; Prov. 21:30; and Gods mercy in 1 Kings 21:29 (Ahab’s evil in verse 25). Romans 13:1- 10 be a good citizen. (It is important that you read these verses before starting the questions.)
I urge you, first of all, * to pray for all people. * Ask God to help them, * intercede on their behalf, and * give thanks for them.
2Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. 3 This is good and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. 5For there is only one mediator who can reconcile God and humanity – the man Christ Jesus.
8In every place of worship, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy.
- Your first instruction is to find newspaper articles on government departments and officials. Find out what you can about any of our ministers. Now choose one name and make that your politician to pray for.
- Can you think of an ungodly politician that makes your hair stand up? Do you think God wants him to be saved? How do you know this?
- What pleases God our Savior? How does God want us to live our lives?
- Which word tells you that this request is more than just a request; it is very important!
- What is Paul urging us to do? How do we know that this is the first thing we ought to do?
- Who must we pray for?
- Who does God want us to be saved and to understand the truth? Are there any exceptions?
- What must you pray for all people?
- What must God help them with? What do you think?
- What does it mean to intercede on someone’s behalf? Think of Job, for his children. And Ezekiel 22:30.
- Please write out a prayer that includes all the above mentioned things. Pray this for a cabinet minister or politician by name. (Also from the other reading from above; or any other Bible verse you can think of. Let’s pray God’s word.)
So I must add this to my prayer:
God help them
God, thank You for them.
Let them understand the truth.
Give them godly lives with dignity.
5 For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity – the Man Christ Jesus.
Give them Christ Jesus.
Let them pray with holy hands (forgiven).
Lift up their hands to God.
Free them from anger.
Free them from controversy.
Prayer 12. CORINTHIANS – For Paul 2 Corinthians 1:9-11
(Read from 1-11)
3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. 4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 5 For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with His comfort through Christ. 6 Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation!
1. Who is benefitting from Paul’s troubles?
2. Who benefits from your troubles you have?
3. How do you benefit?
4. What is Paul praising God for? Pray for someone to be comforted.
For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer. 7 We are confident that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in the comfort God gives us.
5. Are we promised less trouble? What blessing is promised?
6. What is God’s ultimate goal with us? (Romans 8:29) We must become like …..
7. What can we say about our trials according to Romans 8:28? (Also read 1 Peter 1:6-7)
8. Why do we need the word of God to be deeply implanted in our lives? 2 Timothy 3:16-17
8 We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it.
9. Read 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 Fill in the missing words: “We are hard pressed on every side but not_______; we are perplexed, but not __ _______; 9persecuted, but not ______; struck down, but not _________. (Read and write down verse 11 and 12.)
9In fact we expected to die.
10. Has Paul made peace with death? (Phil. 1:21) (Rev 14:13)
11. What awaits those who die without knowing Jesus Christ? (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9)
But as a result (Rom. 8:28) we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God,
12. What good came out of this trouble?
13. Which word in the above Bible verse tells us that relying on God does not come naturally?
14. What must we do according to Hebrews 5:14? and 1 Peter 2:1-3?
15. Name two ways in which we learn: think of school, and think of a child touching a hot stove?
who raises the dead.
16. Can you think of people who were raised from the dead in the Old Testament and the New Testament?
17. I want you to read a happening in 2 Kings 13:20-21. I hope you enjoy reading it as I did. May it make you gasp in amazement and smile and be scared. Just imagine what could have happened afterwards.
18. How were you raised from the dead, even though your physical body did not die? (Col 2:12-13; Ephesians 2:1 and also verse 4-6).
19. What must you do now that you are raised? (Colossians 3: 1-4 and read verse 8.)
10 And He did rescue us from mortal danger, and He will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in Him, and He will continue to rescue us.
20. Paul repeats the word rescue 3 times. Paul is looking at the past and the future.
Why does Paul have such confidence in God? Read Hebrews 13:8. Read 2 Cor.1:20
11And you are helping us by praying for us.
21. Can you ever say that you are helpless to do anything for someone? What can you do?
22. Three questions from 1 Corinthians 2:21
(a) Who enabled Paul?
(b) Who are God’s co-workers? (Read 1 Thessalonians 3:2; 1 Corinthians 3:9; and 2 Corinthians 6:1) Remember, you are not retired! You have a work and a Boss that works side by side with you!
(c) Name an important thing to pray for Christians going through a dark trial or who are persecuted?
(d) Pray this prayer for Christians (by name) who are going through a hard time. “Dear Lord, enable ______ to stand firm for Christ and never to give up. We pray in Jesus name .Amen.”
Then many people will give thanks because God has graciously answered so many prayers for our safety.
23. Name two ways in which we can thank God according to Psalm 116: 12-13 and Psalm 119:7
24. Paul – Christians – God – Paul – Christians – God. Can you describe the chain of events starting with Paul in trouble, and ending with God being thanked?
25. Who is glorified when we pray for each other?
26. Sing the song (or any other song that gives thanks and glorifies God.
Thank You, for every new good morning,
Thank You, for every fresh new day,
Thank You, that I may cast my burdens wholly on to You.
Thank You, for every friend I have, Lord,
Thank You, for everyone I know.
Thank You, when I can feel forgiveness to my greatest foe.
Thank You, for leisure and employment,
Thank You, for every heartfelt joy.
Thank You for all that makes me happy and for melody.
Thank You, for every shade and sorrow
Thank You, for comfort in Your Word.
Thank You, that I am guided by you everywhere I go.
Thank You, for grace to know Your gospel,
Thank You, for all Your Spirit’s power.
Thank You, for your unfailing love which reaches far and near.
Thank You, for free and full salvation,
Thank You, O Lord, I want to thank You,
That I’m free and loved.