|Prayer - Advanced|
| General Conference
|| Skill Level 2
Year of Introduction: 2011
1. Have previously earned the Basic Prayer Honor
This Wiki has a page with instructions and tips for earning the Prayer honor.
2. Read and discuss as a group the purpose of prayer as outlined in James 1:2-9
3. Examine answered prayers in the Bible about a variety of Bible characters then present a skit about two of the above prayer stories and answers to their prayers (Samson, David, Hezekiah, Moses, Elisha, Daniel, etc.)
4. In 1 Thessalonians 5:17 we read we are to “pray without ceasing” Discuss what this means and how this can be done.
5. Read or listen to the chapter in Steps to Christ by Ellen G. White entitled “The Privilege of Prayer” and discuss with a group what you learned.
6. Ellen White writes in The Great Controversy that “It is part of God’s plan to grant us in answer to the prayer of faith, that which He would not bestow did we not thus ask.”
a. Discuss the meaning of this passage to a Christian believer
b. In your discussion, ask “Why do you think God does something in answer to prayer that He would not otherwise do?”
7. Memorize six different verses about prayer. For each memorized passage, be able to tell (as appropriate):
a. What a person prayed for
b. The person’s prayer location
c. Time a person prayed
d. The person’s position in prayer
9. Create a plan for praying in public.
a. Practice your prayer before praying with others
b. When you pray to God, talk to Him as a friend
10. Pray aloud at two of the following occasions:
a. Pathfinder/AY Meeting b. School meeting c. Potluck d. Sabbath School e. Church Service f. Prayer Meeting/Small Group meeting
These are all public events that include people beyond your family. A good opportunity to put what you have learned into practice. Just volunteer, and if you are shy, counsel with a Pathfinder or church leader you respect to give you some pointers.
11. Keep a daily prayer journal for six weeks, recording your prayers and any recognized answers to prayer.
You can do this in a notebook or consider doing it on a blog.