Victoria Fellowship Church (VFC)
International and Interdenominational
House Fellowship for week commencing 11th January 2017
Quarter Theme: Foundation For Christian Living
Topic: Understanding Prayer
Texts: Psalm 86
Memory Verse: “Hear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy” (Psalm 86:1)
As we begin a new year and start our house fellowship meetings, it is important that we begin by emphasizing the need for prayers in our personal and corporate lives. God is continuously inviting us to spend time with him and has promised that he is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all we could imagine, as we do so. The times we live in, calls for dedicated, deep, heart-felt prayers. The devil will do all it can to distract us from this all important time to connect heart to heart with our maker and we must not allow it. We are reminded in Ephesians 6: 17-18 says “And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With every prayer and petition, pray at all times in the Spirit, and to this end be alert, with all perseverance and requests for all the saints.”
Our text gives us a good outline on prayer which was written by David himself- the man after God’s own heart. It can be seen that David had taken things he had already written and used them in this prayer. It is a prayer coming from the earnest, heartfelt cry of a man of God who in a desperate situation laid hold of the God whom he knew well. From the passage we could see that David’s realization of his great need (spiritual and physical) drove him to pray (Verses 1, 2 and 16). Also his prayers is directed to the only true God, great in power, abounding in love, grace, and mercy. David knew the God to whom he was praying to. Knowing God’s attributes and His promises gives us hope and endurance in prayer (Verses 5, 8-10, 15). Since this is God’s repeated revelation of Himself to us, it provides us with a sure basis to approach His throne of grace to receive mercy and find grace to help in our times of need (Heb. 4:16).
We also learnt from David that we are to pray earnestly, continually, thankfully, in humility, and in faith (Verses 3, 7, 12-13 and 16). We should pray for salvation; for joy in trials; for a teachable, obedient, single-minded and reverent heart; and for God’s glory and supremacy over all. The right attitude of an effectual prayer therefore, is to have a heart that is teachable, leadable and sincerely seek God in complete submission.
- To what extent is our prayerlessness due to our not seeing our great needs? How can we be more aware of our true needs?
- Read Psalm 86:5, 15 again. How would believing this biblical view change your prayer life?
- How can we develop and maintain a consistent prayer life in this season of fear and uncertainty? Mark 6: 45-46; Zech. 4:10
- Read Acts 4:23-26. How can praying the Word eliminate boredom in prayer?
- Eph. 6:17 tells us to pray in the spirit, what does it really mean?
Pray for Southern Kaduna brethren using CAN prayer points