Student Handout for Lesson 3 of the Series: Finish Well
Teen Sunday School – June 24, 2012
Lighthouse Independent Baptist Church
Finish Well: Your Supplications (Prayers) to the Lord
Last week we continued our Finish Well series looking at the importance for us as Christians to finish well our Study of the Word of God! This morning, we look at the importance for us as Christians to finish well our Supplications (Prayers) to the Lord.
Charlie Clark, co-pastor of Solid Rock Baptist Church in Berlin said this about prayer:
“If you don’t prioritize prayer, you’re forever going to be a weak Christian, if you don’t prioritize prayer you will never be able to follow through with those sincere decisions you made at the altar. Prayer is our source of power and our Spiritual energy!”
Prayer is without a doubt, one of the most important tools the Christian has and yet it is one of the tools so often neglected! Here in our passage, the Apostle Paul under the direction of the Holy Spirit teaches us some wonderful patterns for prayer! And as we study these verses, the challenge for each of us is to ask ourselves, how is our prayer lives, are we finishing well in regard to prayer? Before we get to the pattern however, Paul answers two very important questions for us.
– Question 1: What Is Prayer? (Prayer is Thanksgiving and Praise!)
– Question 2: How Do We Pray?
(We pray to the Father through Jesus Christ, in the name of Jesus Christ!)
– Characteristic 1: Prayer Must Be Persistent (Verse 9 – “without ceasing … always”)
– Characteristic 2: Make Mention Of Things Before God (Verse 9)
– Characteristic 3: Make Definite Requests (Verse 10a)
– Characteristic 4: Leave The Details To God (Verse 10 – “by any means”)
– Characteristic 5: Submit To God’s Will (Verse 10; I John 5:14-15)
This is the pattern for prayer that must be followed if it is ever to be effective and have effect in our lives and in the lives of those that we love – both saved and unsaved! How is your prayer life here this morning? Is it an effective one in light of what we have studied? Are you finishing well? Or could it use some work? Next week, we’re going to stay with this topic of prayer for at least one more week by looking at a man named Epaphras from Colossians 1:7-8 whose life was the personification of an effective prayer life and the challenges and example he has for us. But for today is the thought of how powerful and wonderful prayer can be if it’s effective! Finish well, your Supplications (Prayers) to the Lord!
THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Romans 1:8-10
THIS WEEK’S CHALLENGE: Write out a prayer list to pray over during your prayer time.