Talks for Growing Christians
Praying on the Promises
Lesson Number 2
- Biblical praying has definite characteristics.
c. Taking God at His word
d. Making requests in line with the Word of God
- Let’s pray more “Nehemiah-type” prayers.
- Approximately how far was it from Susa, the capital of Babylon, to Jerusalem, the capital of Judah?
- What were Nehemiah’s two main concerns?
- Why did Nehemiah pray about talking to King Artaxerxes?
- Name another Bible person who prayed about making a request to a king.
- List four characteristics of biblical praying.
- What did it mean to Nehemiah to pray on the promises of God? Compare Deuteronomy 30:8-10 with Nehemiah 1:9.
- How did Nehemiah pray in line with God’s word?
- It was a good 1,000 miles of travel between Susa and Jerusalem.
- He was concerned for the physical walls of Jerusalem and for the spiritual walls of his people, the Jews.
- No one dared burst into the presence of a Persian king, not even one in a prominent position. Such action would be taken at the risk of death. He prayed that God would grant him mercy in the sight of the king.
- Esther asked the Jews to fast with her, before she sought an audience with the king (Esther 4:16).
- Biblical praying is characterized by
worship of God
confession of sin
taking God at His Word
making requests in line with the Word of God.
- Nehemiah quoted Scripture (Deuteronomy 30:8-10), where God promised that Jews would not be made a laughingstock or reproach if they returned to their homeland.
- It was God’s will for Israel to have a strong city, one that could defend itself from the enemy.
- How can the points in this lesson help Christians build a deeper prayer life? Review the biblical characteristics of prayer.
- Are you looking at circumstances from God’s point of view? Discuss ways to do this in difficult situations.
- Praying in line with God’s Word places controls on our requests. Explain this concept.
- Define worship. Consider ways to deepen your worship.
- “O Lord, I pray , let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant.” Nehemiah 1:11