5 – Prayer


The Lord’s commands on prayer.

Read each of these verses* and make notes** for yourself.

– What do these verses command us to do concerning prayer?

– What questions do you have about these verses?

– Is there anything in these commands of Jesus regarding prayer that you have left undone or that you you need to do?

Matthew 6:9-13          

9 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 

10Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

11Give us this day our daily bread, 

12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 

13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Matthew 7:7-11      

7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 

8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 

9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 

10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 

11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

Matthew 18:18-20      

18 Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 

19Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 

20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”

Matthew 21:18-22            

18 In the morning, as he was returning to the city, he became hungry. 

19And seeing a fig tree by the wayside, he went to it and found nothing on it but only leaves. And he said to it, “May no fruit ever come from you again!”And the fig tree withered at once. 

20 When the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither at once?” 

21 And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. 

22And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”

Luke 11:1-4                

1 Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” 

2 And he said to them, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. 

3 Give us each day our daily bread,

4 and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.”

Luke 11:9-10          

 9 And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find;knock, and it will be opened to you. 

10 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.

Luke 18:1-8                

1 And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. 

2 He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. 

3 And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ 

4 For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself,’ Though I neither fear God nor respect man, 

5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.'” 

6 And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. 

7 And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? 

8 I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

John 14:14        

   14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.

John 15:16-17              

16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 

17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another.

John 16:23-24

23 In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. 

24 Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.


*Scripture Verses – Prayer English Standard Version

**Sample Notes – Prayer

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