Lesson Plan - Get It!
Having completed the lessons covering The Lord's Prayer, you know how to pray. But, do you know when and where to pray? Does it matter? Is God that fussy?
Does True Prayer Count?
This is the final lesson on The Lord's Prayer as our model. If you missed or would like to review the previous Related Lessons in the Prayer Warrior! series, find them in the right-hand sidebar.
After all of this time spent studying prayer, do we have the nerve to ask if prayer really counts? Why did we even bother?
The question at hand is not really, "Does prayer count?" as in, "Does it do any good?" The question we are asking is, "Does God count?" That is, "Does God count words, minutes, and noses?" In other words, how many words and minutes and people does it take to get God's attention?
Be sure to look up the verses below to see who and what is involved. The best way to learn to handle the Sword of the Spirit — the Bible — is by constant exercise!
I. Place — Where should we pray? It depends on where we are.
- In battle (2 Chronicles 13:14-15)
- In a cave (Psalm 57:1)
- In a castle (Nehemiah 2:4)
- In a closet (Matthew 6:6)
- In a garden (Matthew 26:36–44)
- On a mountain (Luke 6:12)
- By a river (Acts 16:13)
- By the sea (Acts 21:5-6)
- In the temple (1 Kings 8:22–53)
- In bed (Psalm 4:3-4)
- In a home (Daniel 6:10; Acts 9:39-40)
- In the belly of a fish (Jonah 2:1–10)
- On a roof (Acts 10:9)
- In prison (Acts 16:23–26)
- In the wilderness (Luke 5:16)
- In public (I Kings 8:22&ff; Luke 3:21)
- On a cross (Luke 23:33-34, 46)
"I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing" (1 Timothy 2:8).
II. People — With whom should we pray? It depends on whom we're with.
- By ourselves (Daniel 6:10; Luke 9:18; Acts 10:9) — "The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much" (James 5:16).
- With another person (Acts 16:25) — Prayer chains can be an effective way to get others involved.
- With a small group (Daniel 2:17-18)
- With a bigger group (Acts 1:14-15)
- With the church, both laymen and leaders (Acts 12:5; James 5:14)
- With the nation (Judges 10:15)
Praying with one or more people is a sign of solidarity. It is comforting and encouraging to hear others pray for you. Don't you like to hear what others are saying? Coming together to the throne of grace lends support, like having company on the way to the doctor or during other stressful (and happy!) times. Remember, you're meeting as a family with your Father!
Continue on to the Got It? section to find out what to say and how often to say it!