RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER’S MANUAL 30TH OF JUNE 2019
TOPIC: EFFECTIVE PRAYERS (PART 1)
SUNDAY SCHOOL HYMN
1. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
O how I love Thee well,
I am happy, it makes me glad
To rejoice at Thy birth.
2. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Thy friend friendship suits me well,
Both young and old will sing Thy song,
We long for Sunday School.
3. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Christ was Thy first teacher,
The Holy Spirit, great teacher,
Does manifest in thee.
4. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
This testimony is sure,
That God, the Father Almighty,
Poured His blessing on Thee.q
5. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Though the sun be so bright,
qQOr if the clouds be black with rain,
I’ll be in Sunday School.
6. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
I rejoice to see Thee,
Will thou pass over me today?
Without my being blest?
OPENING PRAYER: Father, help me to be effective in prayers.
BIBLE PASSAGE: Philippians 4:4-7
4. Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
5. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
6. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
MEMORY VERSE: “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much”. James 5:16b.
LESSON INTRODUCTION: According to the scriptures, the power if prayer is simply the power of God who hears and answers prayers. In order to pray effectively, we need to understand the nitty-gritty of prayer. This is spelt out in the teaching of the Lord Jesus on prayer and by His practical life of prayer. Luke 18:1-8.
TEXT REVIEW : PHILIPPIANS 4:4-7
i. One thing a believer cannot be careless about is prayer. (Phil. 4:6). Reasons for this development is to enjoy peace that is not quantifiable. V.7.
ii. “Everything” means “individuals” that sum up to “total”
iii. Everything you do or intend to do requires prayers. V.6.
iv. Prayer could comprise supplication, petition and thanksgiving.
v. Prayer and rejoicing go together. Those who pray end up rejoicing because the Lord is always at hand to give answers to their petitions. V.5.
vi. Prayer does not agree with worry. If you want to worry, don’t pray. The Apostles admonished believers to be careful for nothing i.e. to lay off our cares and worries on Him who cares for us, the Lord Jesus. Phil. 4:6; 1 Peter 5:7.
vii. The heart that is free from the burden of worry will definitely experience peace beyond description. Such heart cannot bow down in pain or tension (Phil. 4:7). Such heart and mind will rejoice t the slightest opportunity (Phil. 4:4). Therefore, the secret to free your heart from sorrow, pain and heavy load consists in praying. The same secret answers for why true believers rejoice in the Lord always. Phil. 4:4.
2 LESSON OUTLINES
LESSON OUTLINE 1: DEFINITION AND REASONS FOR PRAYER
i. Teacher should slow students to define or explain what they understand by prayer.
ii. Teacher should define prayers as follows:
a. The soul of the man talking to God.
b. Worship addressed to God the Father, in the name of God the Son, through the power of the Holy Spirit. John 14:13.a
B. COMPOSITION OF AN EFFECTIVE PRAYER
i. It comprises adoration i.e. praise and worship of God for everything He is. Psalm 95:6.
ii. It comprises thanksgiving for all He has done. Phil. 4:6.
iii. Confession and repentance for every known sin. Psalm 32:5.
iv. Supplication, intercessions, petitions, request and desires. 1 Tim. 2:1.
C. REASONS WHY WE PRAY
i. His commands us to pray. Luke 18:1; 1 Thess. 5:17.
ii. Prayer is a way of serving God and obeying Him. Luke 2:36-38.
iii. Prayer offers solutions to our challenges/problems.
iv. Prayer enables us to make right and appropriate decisions. Luke 6:12-13.
v. Prayer removes demonic barriers to access God’s presence. Matt. 17:14-21.
vi. Prayer enables labourers to harvest soups for the kingdom of God. Luke 10:2.
vii. Through prayers, believers overcome temptations. Matt. 26:41.
viii. Prayers strengthens believers spiritually. Eph. 6:18-19.
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Why must you pray for yourself and for other believers?
LESSON OUTLINE 2: WHERE AND WHEN CAN WE PRAY?
A. WHERE CAN WE PRAY?
Private/personal of family or congregation or public can be prayed on an of the places identified:
i. Everywhere. 1 Tim. 2:8.
ii. In the closet. Matt. 6:6.
iii. In the church. Luke 18:10.
iv. In a designated place.
v. In the congregation.
B. WHEN CAN WE PRAY?
i. Morning time. Psalms 5:3.
ii. Noon and evening. Psalm 55:17.
iii. Day or night. Psalm 88:1.
iv. Daily. Psalm 86:3.
v. Always. Luke 18:1.
vi. At the office, road, work or while relaxing.
vii. When singing, teaching, preaching, etc.
viii. Without ceasing. 1 Thess. 5:17.
CLASS ACTIVITY 2: How can believers pray without ceasing?
SUMMARY: Pray, pray and pray at all times.
CONCLUSION: Jesus prayed and His followers are expected to pray (Luke 6:12). Let us, therefore, act now and present all our petitions to God in the name of Jesus Christ. It is certain that He will answer according to His perfect will for us.
EVALUATION: When and/or what can believers pray.
CLOSING PRAYER: Father, let me pray until I see you in glory.
ASSIGNMENT: Mention five (5) consequences of not praying effectively.