Monday, March 7, 2011

Lesson 3 - Part 2


1. What meant the most to you from this chapter or offered you the greatest challenge or inspired you deeply?

And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. – Mark 1:35

2. Jesus Christ is the ultimate example of a person of prayer. What can you learn about Jesus Christ’s prayer life?

21. And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught.
22. And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes.
23. ¶ And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,
24. Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.
25. And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.
26. And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him.
27. And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him.
28. And immediately his fame spread abroad throughout all the region round about Galilee.
29. ¶ And forthwith, when they were come out of the synagogue, they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.
30. But Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever, and anon they tell him of her.
31. And he came and took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them.
32. And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils.
33. And all the city was gathered together at the door.
34. And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him.

3. Now describe in a few words what preceded this quiet moment in verses 21-34.

4. How can you follow His example today?

5. (Blessing #1 – A Deeper Relationship with God) Prayer increases faith, provides a place to unload burdens, teaches us that God is always near, trains us not to panic, and changes lives. Which one of these benefits would be the greatest reason for developing a heart committed to prayer at this stage of your life? Why?

6. (Blessing #2 – Greater Purity) Identify your particular problem area and share briefly what you plan to do about it.

7. (Blessing #3 – Confidence in Making Decisions) Look back at Mark 1:35. What was the result of His time in prayer in the area of decision-making (verses 36-39)? What difference might prayer make in the direction for your new days?

8. (Blessing #4 – Improved Relationships) What relationship do you need to improve through prayer, and how can you begin immediately to commit to pray about that relationship?

9. (Blessing #5 – Contentment) Identify an area in your life where you struggle with finding contentment. Look at Philippians 4:10-13.

10. ¶ But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.
11. Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
13. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

What can you learn about contentment from these words from the apostle Paul? How can you apply Paul’s lessons to your own situation?

10. (Blessing #6 – God-Confidence) How do these scriptures increase your trust in God?

O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. – Psalm 34:9

For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. – Psalm 84:11

11. (Blessing #7 – The Ministry of Prayer) Who are the people you can minister to through prayer, and when do you plan to begin this “ministry”?

Verses to Memorize:

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. – Psalm 46:1

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. – Psalm 121:1-2

And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. – Mark 1:35

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