“Lord, teach us to pray” Luke 11:1
Some of the simplest projects undertaken with the Daily Readings will not only greatly improve our appreciation of a particular Bible topic, but also give the basis for interesting and lively discussion on the readings. The following project is designed to give a deeper understanding of the subject of Prayer.
“Lord, Teach Us to Pray”
It was the disciples of the Lord who made this request after observing the Lord in prayer to his Father (Luke 11:1). Sometimes we, like the disciples, may find prayer difficult. We may have questions like, “How do I address my prayer to God? What should I pray for? Do I pray for others as I should?” How can we gain help and direction in this matter? This simple project is designed to help answer such questions.
Project On Prayer
Each day as we read the New Testament portion of the readings take special note of all prayers and reference to prayer. By first considering the New Testament on this subject we have taken on a manageable amount of extra activity. Later you may wish to do the same with the Old Testament.
The method to follow is simple, but the benefits are great. Each day as you read the New Testament chapters:
- Make a list of all prayers and reference to prayer – Have a piece of paper always in your Bible to note them down.
- Beside each prayer draw a coloured line in the margin of your Bible. This way the prayers are easily identified (blue is a good colour).
- Discuss the prayer. You may like to note certain points, e.g. who offered the prayer, when the prayer was offered, why the prayer was offered, etc.
- If the prayer was answered note these details too. For example, the ecclesia in Jerusalem prayed for Peter’s release and this came about – Acts 12.
Although this project will add only a few minutes to the time spent doing the readings, you will be surprised at the amount of helpful information you will gain on this subject. Added to this, valuable discussion upon the readings will ensue.
If you mark the list of quotes you gather into the note sheets at the back of your Bible you will then have a permanent record of the prayers in the New Testament. You may also wish to note in your Bible, under headings, some of the interesting points you have found on the subject.
In our next issue we will include a list of prayers which was gathered by a group of young people who undertook this task a year ago. You may like to use it as a check list against the references which you find. You may find further references as well.
May our Heavenly Father bless our efforts as we set our hearts to know Him and understand His Word.