Mathew 8 Lesson

Prayer

DIFFERENT TYPES OF PRAYER

Prayer is how we make our requests known to God. We can pray for ourselves, for others, and sometimes God will intervene on our behalf without us having to say a word.

Mathew Chapter 8 is a chapter that contains the following three miracles performed by Jesus:

  1. Jesus cleansing the leper,
  2. Jesus healing the centurion’s paralyzed servant,
  3. Jesus healing Peter’s mother-in-law.

As you read about each of these miracles, pay attention to who made the request to Jesus for healing.

PRAYING FOR OURSELVES (THE LEPER)

In the case of the leper, the leper reached out to Jesus himself and asked for healing.

  • “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” - Mathew 8:2.

Prayer is an important part of being a Christian, and the Bible has a lot to say on the subject. Consider the following five verses about prayer and praying for ourselves:

  1. “Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.” - Jeremiah 29:12,
  2. “Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” - Mathew 26:41,
  3. “Rejoicing inhopeperseveringin tribulation, devoted to prayer.” -Romans 12:12,
  4. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” – Philippians 4:6,
  5. “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” – Mathew 7:7.

PRAYING FOR OTHERS (THE CENTURION)

The centurion (A centurion was a Roman soldier responsible for commanding one hundred soldiers) came to Jesus advocating for another, his servant, who was paralyzed at home.

  • “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, fearfully tormented . . . just say the word, and my servant will be healed.” - Mathew 8:6-8.

Jesus healed the centurion’s servant, because of the centurion’s faith! We should never estimate the effectiveness of righteous prayer, and therefore, we should always lift others up in prayer, not just ourselves. Consider the following four scriptures that highlight the importance of praying for others:

  1. “Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” - James 5:16,
  2. “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 Lord’s people.” -Ephesians 6:18,
  3. For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.” - Colossians 1:9,
  4. “You have heard that it was said, ‘you shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” – Mathew 5:43-44.

SOMETIMES GOD INTERVENES WITH NO PRAYERS

In the third miracle, Jesus saw for Himself that Peter’s mother-in-law was sick with a fever, and He healed her.

  • “When Jesus came into Peter’s home, He saw his mother-in-law lying sick in bed with a fever.  He touched her hand, and the fever left her; and she got up and waited on Him.” - Mathew 8:14-15

This is a fantastic example of how the Spirit sometimes intercedes on our behalf when we do not know what to pray for. Consider the following scripture:

  • “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” – Romans 8:26.

THE EXAMPLE OF JESUS

Prayer is an important part of life for a Christian. It is how we communicate with God. Jesus, Himself, would often go to a quiet place to pray to His Father, as evidenced by the following six scriptures:

  1. “It was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God.” - Luke 6:12,
  2. “Now when all the people were baptized, Jesus was also baptized, and while He was praying, heaven was opened.” - Luke 3:21,
  3. “After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray.” - Mathew 14:23,
  4. “After bidding them farewell, He left for the mountain to pray.” - Mark 6:46,
  5. “In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.” - Mark 1:35,
  6. “Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to His disciples, ‘Sit here while I go over there and pray.’” - Mathew 26:36.

CONCLUSION

Prayer is an important part of being a Christian. We can pray for ourselves, for others, and sometimes God will intervene without us ever offering a prayer, as He did in the example of Peter’s mother.

Like Jesus, we should pray often, and be sure to get away to someplace quiet where we can properly focus. Jesus often went to be alone to pray, and there were far fewer distractions in His day. With cell phones, and laptops, and 24-hour news, we need to remove ourselves from the world and go someplace where we can talk to our heavenly Father in prayer.

We will end today’s lesson with the following scripture from the Book of Psalms:

  • “I cried to Him with my mouth, and He was exalted with my tongue. If I regard wickedness in my heart, the Lord will not hear; But God has heard; He has given attention to the sound of my prayer. Blessed be God, who has not turned away my prayer nor His favor from me.’ - Psalm 66:17-20.

Comments

Pat Dermody

God hears each one of our prayers.We have to trust that he knows what is best for us. So perhaps he answered our prayer and the answer was no.

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John B
Pat Dermody

Amen.

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John B
John B

I once heard a sermon that the preacher called, “The French Fry Sermon”.

He had a beautiful baby daughter that he was holding while enjoying some French fries.

The baby was staring at him and seemed to be thinking, “How come I can’t have some of your French fries? You really seem to be enjoying them?”

He said to his daughter, “My beautiful child. I know that you think that these French fries would be good for you. But as your father, I know things that you do not, and you have to trust me. These French fries are not good for you, so the answer is no”.

Our Heavenly Father knows more than we do, He can see things that we can not see.

Sometimes, His answer is no.

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Johnee

Some prayers go unanswered because sometime we pray out of Gods will, or sometime we pray to gratify our Lusts

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