NextLevel Online: Prayer

Session 4: On Asking God for Things

What to ask for when praying?


Classroom Instructions

Materials: Lesson Outline

Opening Thoughts

  • True or False: Eventually we move on beyond the basics of prayer.

  • The secret to prayer is that it’s not about prayer. It’s about God. And God is…

What to Ask For (General Rules)

  • Start by remembering what you have been given.

  • Ask for what you need (letting the Bible be your guide)

What to Ask For:

  • Provision (Mt 6)
  • Forgiveness (Mt 6)
  • Protection (Mt 6)
  • Wisdom (Jas 1)
  • Faith (Mk 9:24; Lk 17:5)
  • Evangelism (Col 4)
  • God (Ps 27; 42; 63)

Three Things to Remember:

  • God typically doesn’t answer our prayers in immediate, obvious ways.

  • As we ask, we must be ready to put answers into practice.

  • We honor God when we ask him for things, because the very act of asking

Challenge: Ask God for things!

Questions for Discussion and Reflection

  • Should you get to a point where you stop asking God for things? Why or why not?

  • How do the things you ask for compare to the list presented in the lesson?

  • Which of the “things to remember” are easiest for you to forget? What happens when you forget this?

  • What are some things God has given you in the past (and present) that you haven’t thought about in a while?

About NextLevel Online

The vision of Ozark Christian College is to glorify God by evangelizing the lost and edifying Christians worldwide. The mission of Ozark Christian College is to train men and women for Christian service as a degree-granting institution of biblical higher education.