When You Pray

When God made us, He put something in us that reaches out for Him. We realize that we need a power greater than our own to solve our problems, protect us, and meet our needs. Through prayer we learn to reach out to God for help and this 100-page course by J. Robert Ashcroft shows us how to get our prayers answered and have our needs met as we pray and worship God.

Do you ever wonder why some people receive such wonderful answers to prayer, while so many of your prayers seem to be unanswered? Or why some people talk to God so easily and you find it hard to know what to say? Perhaps every Christian has asked himself these questions.

Even the disciples of Jesus had questions about prayer. And so they begged Him: Luke 11:1. "Lord, teach us to pray." Jesus answered this request not only by His words but also by His example. He gave the disciples a prayer they could use and He showed them how to pray. Let us make the request of the disciples our request as we study these lessons in prayer.

In this lesson, you will learn how to come to God with an attitude that shows Him the respect and honor He deserves. You will study what the Bible teaches about the way, time, and place to pray. The things you learn will give you confidence when you talk to your Heavenly Father.

Has God ever spoken to you?

Too often, our prayers are one-sided-we do all the talking! We must learn to pay attention to God and what He might be saying to us when we pray. If we will do this, we will discover how to become partners with Him. He will guide us, use us, and let us have a part in His work.

In this lesson, you will learn about the ways He may speak and how you can hear him.

The Christian life is built on faith. We believe God loves us and cares about our problems, and so we pray to Him with confidence, expecting Him to answer. We believe He does because He says so in His Word, the Bible. God’s Word is completely reliable and dependable, just as He is.

This lesson explains ways in which the Bible helps you when you pray. You will learn how to study it, use it when you pray, and put its promises into action.

This lesson explains some of the keys to praying for others. It will help you know what to pray for and how to pray. As you put what you learn into practice you will make the wonderful discovery that God can and will touch others through you.

This lesson explains the principles of praying with others and gives us this kind of prayer from the Bible. As you apply the principles you learn, your spiritual life will become richer and more full. You will feel a stronger bond—both with your Heavenly Father, and with the brothers and sisters who are a part of His family with you.

The Holy Spirit has directed people's prayers, and wonderful things have happened. The Holy Spirit has many ways of helping us when we pray! As you study the ones this lesson explains, you will learn how to let Him help you.

This lesson will help you: let the Holy Spirit show you what to pray for and how to pray, and reach a deeper level in worship and greater victories in prayer as you let the Holy Spirit pray through you.