These studies do not tell you what the Bible says. The scriptures given direct you to specific topics. The questions are intended to help you focus on the study. No answers are given. You have to read and search the scriptures for the answers. We encourage you to use Bible helps such as concordances and commentaries. However, scholars and theologians often disagree on interpretation and application. The best study help comes from God. Pray. Allow yourself to be honest with your reactions, but don't jump to conclusions. It takes time to read and meditate on all the Bible says on various topics. Feel free to ask questions in your prayers. You will be amazed to discover that God does answer the sincere seeker. You will also be surprised that the Bible may not say what you might think it does on many subjects. Keep a notebook. A loose leaf one would make it possible to add thoughts and additional information as you learn more about different subjects. Welcome to an exciting search.  

Bible Study Guide:

Lift Up Holy Hands in Prayer

By Scarlett Stough

To prepare for this Bible study, please read the women in Christ commentary, Pray Continually.

1. Luke 18:1-8. What was the main point of Jesus' parable about the widow seeking justice? How would you apply his teaching to your own prayers?

2. James 4:1-10. What attitudes hinder our prayers? What do you think are the motives God is listening for when we pray?

3. Genesis 1:26-27; 2 Peter 1:2-4; Romans 8:29-30. What is God's purpose for each one of us? How can we align our prayers with God's purpose for creating us?

4. Matthew 6:5-15. What attitudes did Jesus teach his followers to have when praying? How would you apply each of the requests (such as "thy kingdom come") to your own prayers?

5. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; 1 Timothy 2:8; Ephesians 6:18; James 5:13-20; Romans 8:26-27. Summarize the teaching about prayer in each of these passages in your own words and apply them to your own prayers.

6. John 16:23-28; Hebrews 4:14-16; Romans 8:1-17. According to Scripture, what is the only legitimate access to being heard by God? What are the promises to those who meet the requirements?

7. Do you think prayer should be a heart to heart conversation, or a formal, intellectual, audience without an emotional connection? Explain.

OPTIONAL: For advanced and mature students of the Bible (or the determined researcher.) Prove or disprove by the scriptures the statements made in the bullet points in the Commentary: Pray Continually.

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