Lesson 8

You Can Be a Friend of God!

Courtesy of Pastor Ken LeBrun

1. How was Enoch’s relationship with God described?

Genesis 5:22, 24 And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: 24And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

2. What is said of Noah?

Genesis 6:9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.

3. What was Abraham called?

James 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God

4. How did the Lord converse with Moses?

Exodus 33:11 And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.

5. Was this kind of relationship only for them?

Joshua 1:5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

6. What is it like to be close to God?

Psalm 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

“The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” Proverbs 4:18.

7. What happens to us as we behold the glory of the Lord?

2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

8. What time of day did David set aside for prayer?

Psalm 5:3 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

9. Was David’s prayer limited to the morning?

Psalm 55:17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.

10. What was Daniel’s unwavering practice?

Daniel 6:10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.

11. What example did Jesus set for us?

Mark 1:35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.

12. What did He often do in the evening?

Matthew 14:23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.

13. How continually essential is prayer?

1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.

“Men ought always to pray.” Luke 18:1.

14. How close may we be to Jesus?

John 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

“I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4.

15. What reason did Jesus give for His confidence of His Father’s presence?

John 8:29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.

16. On what basis does God fulfill our requests?

1 John 3:22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

The Bible gives clear guidelines for prayer:

a. We pray to God the Father in Jesus name (John 16:23).

b. We come to God in faith, believing that He hears and will answer our prayer (Matthew 21:22; Hebrews 11:6; James 1:6).

c. We trust Him to answer our prayers according to His will (1 John 5:14).

d. Vain repetition in prayer has no value (Matthew 6:7).

e. The purpose of prayer is to bring glory to God (John 14:13).

17. What cannot I do and expect God to hear me?

Psalm 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

In order to pray acceptably we need to make things right with anyone we have harmed (Matthew 5:23, 24), and put away any grudges we may be holding against others (Mark 11:25, 26).

18. For whom should we pray? Just for ourselves?

James 5:16 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.

19. How effective is prayer?

James 5:16 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.

“For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers.” 1 Peter 3:12.

20. Why does God sometimes deny our requests?

James 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

21. What phrase did Jesus add to His prayer?

Luke 22:42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

22. How vital is it that we know God?

John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

Knowing God is of more value than wisdom, might, and riches (Jeremiah 9:23, 24).

23. What is the secret of spiritual success?

Psalm 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

God’s words “shall be in thine heart: and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” Deuteronomy 6:6, 7.

In the Light of God’s Word...

I desire to walk closely with God.

I choose to spend priority time every day in prayer.

I desire to make the word of God prominent in my home.

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