“Sword Drill“ (Eph 6:11)

The Drill

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P ray that you may hear God speaking to you through your study of the passage. R ead the passage carefully (not in a rush!). A sk questions about the contents of the passage. (See below) Y ield yourself in pray as you respond to God’s message for you from the passage. Memorize your MESSAGE for THE DAY.

QUESTIONS to ASK yourself
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What is the Passage about? Is there anything I find difficult? Does the passage teach me anything about
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God the Father? Jesus Christ? The Holy Spirit?

QUESTIONS to ASK yourself

What does it teach me about the Christian life? Is there…
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A command to obey? An example to follow? A promise to claim? A duty to perform? A warning to heed? (take pay attention to) An error to avoid? A prayer to echo? (Can I take something from the passage to apply in prayer to my situation?)

QUESTIONS to ASK yourself
What is the main lesson here for me? What six (or less) words from the passage sums up this MESSAGE for THE DAY?

Example LUKE 11:1-13

PRAY – for the Holy Spirit to illuminate my reading of this passage to enable me to hear what God wants to say to me through it. READ – slowly and carefully, thinking about each phrase as you read.

LUKE 11:1-13
Jesus was praying one day in a certain place. When he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, please teach us how to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: ‘Father, hallowed be your name, may your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, as we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.’” He then said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and he goes to him at midnight and says, ‘Friend, please lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine has come to me on a journey, and I have nothing to put before him.’ Then the person inside responds, ‘Please don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and I have my children with me in bed. I can’t get up to give you anything.’ I tell you , though he will not get up and give him the bread because he is his friend, yet because of the man’s boldness he will get up and give him just as much as he needs. So I tell you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, he who seeks will find; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. For which of you fathers, if your son asks him for a fish, will instead give him a snake? Or suppose he asks for an egg, will he give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy spirit to those who ask him!”

ASK – yourself the following questions about the content of the passage.

What is the passage about? Is it about
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Asking for things we need? How to pray to God? The purpose of prayer?

What did you find difficult to understand? (Your answer)

ASK – yourself :
What does the passage teach about:  God the Father?
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He is our heavenly father His name should be hallowed He is King who should rule us and our world He provides for our daily needs He forgives sins He gives the gift of His Spirit from heaven

ASK – yourself :
What does the passage teach about:  Jesus Christ?
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He found it necessary to pray like us He was a good teacher, using easy illustrations He is a good gift from our heavenly God

The Holy Spirit?

ASK – yourself :
Is there in this passage:  A command to obey?

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“Say” the prayer Jesus taught (i.e. use its method) We must forgive others Ask, seek and knock on God’s door

ASK – yourself :
Is there in this passage:  An example to follow?

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If your don’t know how to do something in your spiritual life, ask Jesus to show you Pray for God’s honour to be recognized Pray for daily needs (not current greeds!) Pray for forgiveness for your shortcomings, etc Pray for protection from evil spiritual influences Be bold in your asking

ASK – yourself :
Is there in this passage:  A promise to claim?

If we ask God (for the above kind of things) He will provide Especially He will give us His Holy Spirit if we ask Him We surely have a duty to pray regularly and in the right way

A duty to perform?

ASK – yourself :
Is there in this passage:  A warning to heed?

Not apparent in this passage Being slow to answer the requests for help of others The whole pray that Jesus taught his disciples

An error to avoid?

A prayer to echo?

Which is the most appropriate for you? (Or have you found another one?)  Seek and you will find!  Lord, teach us to pray!  Everyone who asks receives.  How much more will your Father!

Give yourself up to God afresh in prayer as you ask for His help to enable you to put into practice what your have learnt from this passage and what he has been saying to you through it.

The End

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