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Great Prayers & Pray-ers of the Bible

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The lessons this quarter lead us into sacred places where Jesus and great saints wrestled with God in prayer. Over half of these prayers sprang out of the dark emotions of discouragement, fear, and remorse; for it is in distress that humans most often seek God. Other prayers are bright with triumph, joy, and praise. All grew out of spiritual conflict with the forces of evil.

The pray-ers in these lessons represent a variety of people-the God-man Jesus, ordinary men and women, statesmen and kings, prophets and apostles, angels and redeemed. From them we learn of the circumstances that generate prayer-rejection, abuse, guilt, burden for souls, or joy and thanksgiving. From them we learn of the kinds of prayer that move the heart of God-complaints, pleadings, or praise-and how He responds to them. From them we learn of the need for patience and perseverance as we wait for God to work out His purposes.

Jesus is our finest example of how a human being in a world of evil can grasp the mighty power of God through prayer and prevail. Three lessons are devoted to Him. After an introductory lesson based on Jesus' prayers and prayer habits, the lessons continue in chronological order from the oldest book of the Bible (Job) to the triumphant conclusion portrayed in the latest (Revelation).

Prayer can lift you from the depths of darkness to the radiance of the heavenly land, from your dismal circumstances to the throne room of God. You will benefit most from these lessons if you try to put yourself in the place of the Bible characters. Then try to reach out to God and experience His blessings as they did.

Contents:  (no frames, all lessons may not be posted)

No. Study


Jan 6 The Model Pray-er and the Model Prayer: Christ  (KJV)


Jan 13 Prayers of Despair: Job  (KJV)


Jan 20 A Prayer of Supplication: Moses  (KJV)


Jan 27 Prayers of Triumph: Hannah and Mary  (KJV)


Feb 3 Prayers of Penitence: David  (KJV)


Feb 10 A Prayer for God's Dwelling: Solomon  (KJV)


Feb 17 Prayers for Reformation: Elijah  (KJV)


Feb 24 Prayers of Desperation: Hezekiah  (KJV)


Mar 3 The Prayer of Intercession: Daniel  (KJV)


Mar 10 Prayer: Listening to Jesus  (KJV)


Mar 17 The High Priestly Prayer: Jesus  (KJV)


Mar 24 Prayers for the Church: Paul  (KJV)


Mar 31 Prayers of Praise: Revelation  (KJV)

Meet the Principal Contributor to This Guide

Beatrice S. Neall, Ph.D. Beatrice S. Neall, Ph.D., received her education from La Sierra College and Andrews University. After marrying Ralph Neal! in 1949. she served as a pastor's wife in the New York Conference. Called to mission service in 1957, the couple spent 17 years in Cambodia, Vietnam, and Singapore. During these years, Dr. Neal! wrote, for non-Christians, books and Bible courses that have been widely used in Asia and Africa. She taught theology at Southeast Asia Union College and recently retired from 17 years as professor of religion at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Through the years, Dr. Neal! has contributed articles to such Adventist publications as The Adventist Review and Ministry. She also has served on numerous General Conference Committees including the Sanctuary Review Committee ("Glacier View"), the Daniel and Revelation Committee, and the Christian View of Human Life Committee.

Since retirement, the Nealls have returned three times to Cambodia to teach the pastors and lay-workers there. To help that country learn the ways of peace, Dr. Neall has written a book, Building a Better Cambodia, which is impacting the thought leaders of the nation.

Giardina Sabbath School Study Helps

Jerry Giardina of Pecos, Texas, assisted by his wife, Cheryl, prepares a series of helps to accompany the Sabbath School lesson. He includes all related scripture and most EGW quotations. Jerry has chosen the "New King James Version" of the scriptures this quarter. It is used with permission.  The study helps are provided in three wordprocessing versions Wordperfect; Microsoft Word;  RTF for our MAC friends; and HTML (Web Pages).

Last updated on February 9, 2000

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