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Lesson 3 – The Prayer Warrior’s Prayer Life

Part 1 - Seven Pillars for a Powerful Prayer Life

Foundational Scripture:

Seek GOD, all you quietly disciplined people who live by GOD’s justice. Seek GOD’s right ways. Seek a quiet and disciplined life. Perhaps you’ll be hidden on the Day of GOD’s anger. 

Zephaniah 2:3 (MSG)

Who may climb the mountain of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? Only those whose hands and hearts are pure, who do not worship idols and never tell lies. They will receive the LORD’s blessing and have right standing with God their savior. They alone may enter God’s presence and worship the God of Israel.

Psalm 24:3-6 (NLT)

Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until that day when our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 (NLT)

Voices from the Past:

“Prayer is the breath of life, the expression of the soul’s best, holiest, and heavenliest aspirations; the symptom and token of its spiritual health, and right and happy relations with God.”  

—Hugh MacMillan

  Bible Expositor

Ingredients of Spiritual Development

Ingredient One:

    Total _____________ 

    Focus: The _____________ Christian


Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 6:11 (NKJV)

    “Reckon” defined:

        “To __________ oneself as being…”


So you should consider yourselves dead to sin and able to live for the glory of God through Christ Jesus. 

Romans 6:11 (NLT)

    What is surrender?: “To  __________ up!”

    What is the great enemy to the surrendered life?

        Our primary enemy: ________________ 

Voices from the Past:

“Selfishness is the greatest curse of the human race.” 

—William Ewart Gladstone

British Statesman, 19th Century British Prime Minister


My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit. Then you won’t feed the compulsions of selfishness…

Galatians 5:16 (MSG)

Don’t be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!—harvests a crop of weeds. 

Galatians 6:7 (MSG)

How do we overcome selfishness?

    The cure for selfishness is __________________. 

    The key to dying is __________.


Then Jesus said to the disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must put aside your selfish ambition, shoulder your cross, and follow me.”

Matthew 16:24 (NLT)

The World-less Christian…


Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

1 John 2:15 (NKJV)

Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father.

1 John 2:15 (MSG)

Voices from the Past:

“Whatever cools my affection toward Christ is the world.”

—John Wesley

Founder of the Methodist Church



Ponder Points:

Ponder how you think our present definition of the world (i.e., worldliness) may have changed over the generations. How does our culture impact our spiritual lives? How would you define total surrender? Journal your thoughts in the space that follows.

Prayer Points:

Confess your need to develop a selfless walk with Jesus. Pray specifically over issues that you feel may be of a particular challenge regarding selfishness in your life. Prayerfully identify anything you think might “cool your affection toward Jesus.”

Part 2 - Seven Essentials, Imperatives, and Pillars (Continued)

Ingredient Two:

    Total _____________ 

    Focus: The _____________ Christian


“Discipline” defined:

    “Training that develops self-control or ____________”

Voices from the Past:

“Prayer at its best is the expression of the total life… All things else being equal, our prayers are only as powerful as our lives.”

—A. W. Tozer

Author, Pastor


All athletes practice strict self-control. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. 

So I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. I am not like a boxer who misses his punches.

1 Corinthians 9:25-26 (NLT)

And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things.

1 Corinthians 9:25a (KJV)

“Temperate” defined:

    “Self-restrained in __________”


Two Major Control Areas for Personal Development:

1. _____________ Care

   The management of my __________

2. _____________ Care

   The management of my __________

Control Area One:

Temple Care (Managing My Temple)


Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)

1.  Care Focus One: __________ 

2. Care Focus Two: __________

3. Care Focus Three: _____________

Control Area Two:

Blessing Care (Managing My Blessings)


Now, a person who is put in charge as a manager must be faithful.

1 Corinthians 4:2 (NLT)

Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.

1 Corinthians 4:2 (NKJV)

God has given gifts to each of you from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Manage them well so that God’s generosity can flow through you.

1 Peter 4:10 (NLT)

1.  Blessing Focus One: __________

     (Managing Our Time)

2. Blessing Focus Two: __________

     (Managing Our Talents)

3. Blessing Focus Three: _____________

     (Managing Our Treasure)



Ponder Points:

Ponder some of the areas mentioned in this lesson in which you most need God’s help in managing your life in Christ. What do you feel is a specific talent or gift God has given you that you might cultivate more to serve others? Journal your thoughts in the space that follows.

Prayer Points:

Pray about those areas that you need to better cultivate as a good steward or manager in your life. Seek to identify, in prayer, any specific area or areas in which you would like to be more disciplined.

Part 3 - Seven Essentials, Imperatives, and Pillars (Continued)

Ingredient Three:

    Total _________________ 

    Focus: The _____________ Christian

Voices from the Past: 

“It is as men live that they pray. It is the life that prays.”

“All lack of power to pray aright and perseveringly, all lack of power in prayer with God, points to some lack in the Christian life.”

—Andrew Murray

Author of With Christ in the School of Prayer


And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

Ephesians 5:2 (NKJV)

Live a life filled with love for others, following the example of Christ…

Ephesians 5:2a (NLT)

It’s criminal to ignore a neighbor in need, but compassion for the poor—what a blessing!

Proverbs 14:21 (MSG)

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Colossians 3:12 (NIV)

What is compassion?

    From the Latin…

Com, meaning “_____________” or “__________”

Patti, meaning “to __________” 

    “Compassion” defined:

“To __________ with or _____________”

Voices from the Past:

“Compassion is not pity. Compassion is love in action.” 

—Oswald J. Smith Christian Statesman, Pastor

Three Keys of Compassion

1. The key of _____________

    A _____________ Spirit

“Intensity” defined:

    “Existing in an extreme degree; the level of    

    _____________ displayed by my involvement”


Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him [Christ] to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem…

Luke 9:51 (NKJV)

2. The key of  _____________ 

    A __________ Spirit

“Sensitivity” defined:

    “To be acutely __________ of the _____________ 

    of others; the level of my _____________ of the 

    __________ and __________ of others”


Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous.

1 Peter 3:8 (NKJV)

3. The key of _____________

    A __________ Spirit

“Generosity” defined:

    “The act of __________ our possessions and resources 

    with those in _______; the level of my _____________ 

    to release myself and my _____________ to bless


Freely you have received, freely give.

Matthew 10:8b (NKJV)

Now I want to tell you, dear friends, what God in his kindness has done for the churches in Macedonia. Though they have been going through much trouble and hard times, their wonderful joy and deep poverty have overflowed in rich generosity. For I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford but far more. And they did it of their own free will… Since you excel in so many ways—you have so much faith, such gifted speakers, such knowledge, such enthusiasm, and such love for us—now I want you to excel also in this gracious ministry of giving. 

2 Corinthians 8:1-3, 7 (NLT)



Ponder Points:

Ponder specific examples of how people have shown you compassion during your life and how these acts have impacted you. In what areas (people and circumstances) do you feel God is calling you or may call you to show more compassion? Journal your thoughts in the space that follows.

Prayer Points:

Pray that God will help you cultivate a greater commitment to excel in specific areas of your life. Ask God to help you grow in your intensity (to be more committed), sensitivity (to be more tenderhearted), and generosity (to be more generous) as you serve others.