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ACTS OF WORSHIP
Standard Lesson Commentary
International Sunday School Lessons
Uniform Series international Bible Lessons for Christian Teaching
Unit 2: Learning to Pray
A second aspect of worship that deserves careful study is the matter of prayer. We do not worship an abstraction, but the living God. This means we can communicate directly with God in our times of personal and corporate worship. Prayer is a fundamental element to effective worship. In that regard, we will examine what Jesus taught His disciples about prayer and how Jesus himself prayed.
Another lesson in this unit takes the element of intercessory prayer a step further in considering Jesus as our high priest, the one who intercedes for us eternally in Heaven. A lesson from James will encourage us to use prayer in practical, daily ways within the church community.
January 4th - Lesson 5 - Jesus’ Model for Prayer
Devotional Reading: Psalm 103:1-13
Background Scripture: Luke 11:1-13
Printed Text: Luke 11:1-13
Key Verse: He said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. - Luke 11:2
Thought to Remember: Learning to pray is a central part of being a disciple of Jesus Christ. We should pray with structure, with persistence, and with expectations. God is a giving God, but we are to ask in prayer.
January 11th - Lesson 6 - Jesus’ Prayer for His Disciples
Devotional Reading: John 15:1-11
Background Scripture: John 17:1-26
Printed Text: John 17:6-21
Key Verse: Neither pray I for those alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; that they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me - John 17:20, 21
Thought to Remember: When the church presents a united front of faith, its message of calling God’s wayward children back to him though Jesus becomes powerful and effective.
January 18th - Lesson 7 - Jesus’ Intercession for Us
Devotional Reading: Psalm 107:1-15
Background Scripture: Hebrews 4:14-5:10
Printed Text: Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:1-10
Key Verse: We have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. - Hebrews 4:15
Thought to Remember: In the New Testament era, we are all priests, and we all can pray for each other. Even so, we ultimately and always rely on Jesus, our faithful and eternal high priest, to intercede for us at the very throne of God.
January 25th - Lesson 8 - Powerful Prayer
Devotional Reading: Lamentations 3:52-58
Background Scripture: James 5
Printed Text: James 5:13-18
Key Verse: Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. - James 5:16
Thought to Remember: Prayer requires an active role from us. We pray about our own needs and those of others. Prayers are personal entreaties to God, our Lord and Master, who hears and answers in accordance with His will.
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