Online Bible Study Prayer

Prayer – Lesson 5


Your prayers will outlive your life. I love this quote by E.M.Bounds because it reminds me of my mother’s prayers. She was the one I called whenever my family had a need. We were strengthened knowing she was storming heaven on our behalf! When she died, I thought we lost not only her, but her prayer support as well.

But then I learned prayers are forever. God keeps the prayer of His people in golden bowls in heaven. They do not die even though the intercessor is no longer on this earth. My family still lives under the covering of my mom’s prayers. I believe they will continue to minister for generations to come. I want to live up to her legacy for my children and grandchildren. I believe in prayer not only because it was modeled for me, but because I have witnessed its power. Through communing with God, circumstances change. More importantly, I am changed.


Prayer is not complicated. It’s simply talking to God continually. That means even outside our private time of prayer (which is vitally important to maintain). In the ordinary, mundane times of life, we can keep a running dialog with God. We just need a little prompting.

They’re called prayer triggers. I’ve asked the Lord to make me aware of them. His promptings to pray need to be on my radar.

I want my first waking thoughts to be of Him. As soon as my eyes open, I want to embrace this is the day the Lord made. He has written down all of my days, so I long to fit into His plans. I want to acknowledge Him in all my ways and commit the day to Him even before my feet hit the floor.

A morning shower reminds me to ask for renewed cleansing so I can walk in purity.

Dressing calls to mind the robe of righteousness with which Jesus has clothed me. I visualize His armor that protects my life and ask for help to put on love and kindness with everyone I meet.

Selecting a pair of shoes prompts a prayer for God to order my steps and those of my loved ones.

Preparing a meal reminds me to pray that we find our delight and nourishment in God’s Word.

Leaving the house, I remember God watches over my going out and coming in. This encourages a prayer for God to keep my family members safe wherever they go.

Passing a neighbor’s house, I say a little prayer over a request she recently shared with me.

As I step into the day’s activities, I realize how much I need His help in everything I do. So I talk to God…about it all.

What are your prayer triggers?

Scripture Readings:

Ephesians 6:18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions

with all kinds of prayers and requests.

With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

I Thessalonians 5:16-17 Be joyful always. Pray continually.

James 5:16 The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

I Peter 4:7 Therefore, be clear minded and self controlled so that you can pray.

I Timothy 2:1 I urge then first of all that requests, prayers, intercession

and thanksgiving be made for everyone.

Revelation 5:8 Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense,

which are the prayers of the saints.

1. How can we remain open to pray?

2. When and for whom should we pray?

3. How have you found prayer to be powerful and effective?

4. What should always accompany our prayers?

5. How do God’s golden bowls of prayers encourage you to keep praying?


I love the words of Max Lucado: Before Amen – comes the power of a simple prayer. Prayer triggers are everywhere. Short prayers said at different intervals throughout the day will continue to be a blessing long after we are gone. Let’s ask the Lord for more reminders to pray. He will prompt us if we just look and listen. Be alert, clear-minded and self-controlled so you can remember to pray!



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