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Lesson taken from  the sermon on Sunday, October 15, 2017 
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Apostle Dr. Nadie DuBose






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~Bible Study Lesson~
Lesson taken from  the sermon on Sunday, October 29, 2017 



Dr. Clifton Clarke
“When You Haven’t Got a Prayer!”


Scripture References: Acts 12:1-10
 
 
Introduction
 
In Acts 1:1, Luke the Physician helps us understand that Acts is a continuation of the Gospel of Luke. “While the Gospel of Luke focuses on Jesus life, teachings and ministry, Acts focuses on the followers of Jesus in the 1st century church who continued His work”. Luke the Physician writes the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts to a man named Theophilus.  It is believed that Theophilus named meant, “friend of God.
 
Summary
 
In Acts 12:1-10 speaks of the murder of James, the brother of John by King Herod and also his arrest and imprisonment of Peter.  Peter was placed under the guard of four squads of four soldiers each.  King Herod was planning to bring Peter out for a public trial after the Passover, but while Peter was in prison, the church prayed earnestly for him. The night before Peter’s trial, he was asleep in a cell, chained between two soldiers. An angel of the Lord came to Peter’s cell and stood before him.  The angel struck him on the side to awaken him. When the angel touched Peter, his chains immediately fell off and thereafter, he gave him instructions to get up, get dressed, put his sandals along with his coat on and follow him. As Peter left the cell, he followed the angel, but as he was following, he thought it was a vision he had seen. He did not realize that it was actually happening.  When both angel and Peter passed the first and second guard posts and came to the Iron Gate leading to the city, it opened for them all by itself.
 
Key Words – Definitions

Prayer – in the Greek, comes from “proseuche” means earnest (sincere diligent) prayer addressed to God
Church – in the Greek, comes from “ekklesia” – the called out from their homes in a public place; an assembly
Ceasing – in the Greek, comes from “ektenes” means intently, stretching and sincerely
Chains– in the Greek, comes from “halysis” means bond by which the body or any part of it is bond
Opened – in the Greek, comes from “anoigo” means to open
 
 
Key Points:
  1. Because the church was praying, the doors of the iron gate to the city, (voluntarily) opened by themselves for Peter and the Angel.
  2. Peter had to first overcome 1) people - the prison guards), 2) chains –bondage in one’s life
  3. Things move into place by themselves because you have been praying.
  4. Prayer: It’s Source, It’s Course and It’s Force
  5. The Source of Prayer is made unto God
  6. The Course of Prayer is Persistent, Personal and Purposeful. The prayer must be specific and it must be measurable with tangible evidence that it has been answered.
  7. Prayer must be earth shaking that it shakes a nation and demons out of people.
  8. The Force of Prayer is that it is the Battle.
 
 
Important Points to Remember about Prayer:
 
  1. Prayer and Morning Devotions are still relevant. 
  2. Prayer involves you and Jesus
  3. Prayer has a way of focusing on you.
  4. In prayer, God is not moved by emotions, but by faith.
  5. Prayer is required to bring real renewal and a true spiritual revival.
  6. According to John Wesley, “prayer is measured by weight, not by length and prayer is where the action is.”
  7. The Word of God and Prayer go together. The Holy Spirit builds on the Word of God.
  8. “Prayer is not learned in the classroom, but in the closet.”
  9. When troubles and problems come, get on your knees.
  10. Prayer moves you from Chronos (Chronological Time) to the Eternal.
  11. Praying people understand times and seasons.
  12. You must learn to pray in seasons of calm.
  13. You cannot pray and hate people at the same time.
  14. When you obtain it in prayer, you obtain it in reality
  15. Find your prayer mat.
  16. When you win it in the prayer room, you come out and the struggle is over. The struggle is not in you, but it is in prayer.
  17. You must already have prayer as a deposit, so that when problems come, you can make a withdrawal.
  18. The more you spend time with God in prayer, the less you want to talk.
 
Questions:
  1. What is going on in your prayer life? Are you hot, cold or warm?
  2. What do you need to do to strengthen your prayer life?
  3. What scriptures can you identify that can help strengthen your prayer life?
  4. What has God laid on you heart to pray about now?