RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER’S MANUAL 1ST OF NOVEMBER 2020
TOPIC: THE POWER OF A PRAYING CHURCH
SUNDAY SCHOOL HYMN
1. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
O how I love Thee well,
I am happy, it makes me glad
To rejoice at Thy birth.
2. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Thy friendship suits me well,
Both young and old will sing Thy song,
We long for Sunday School.
3. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Christ was Thy first teacher,
The Holy Spirit, great teacher,
Does manifest in thee.
4. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
This testimony is sure,
That God, the Father Almighty,
Poured His blessing on Thee
5. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Though the sun be so bright,
Or if the clouds be black with rain,
I’ll be in Sunday School.
6. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
I rejoice to see Thee,
Will thou pass over me today?
Without my being blest?
OPENING PRAYER: Father, let the altar of prayer in Your churches be revived.
BIBLE PASSAGE: Matthew 18:18-20*
MEMORY VERSE: “Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him”. Acts 12:5
INTRODUCTION: The church is God’s agency on earth that demonstrates His love, wisdom and power. Jesus said ,”… I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
And I will unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”. (Matthew 16:18-19).
Prayer is a mighty weapon in the church with unprecedented outcomes upon the church, the world and God’s kingdom. Therefore, we must understand the role of the church through prayer and it’s resultant effects.
TEXT REVIEW: Matthew 18:18-20
A. Jesus, in this passage, talks about the potency of prayer.
Whatsoever a believer binds on earth shall be bound in Heaven. v18a.
B. He goes further to emphasise the effect of corporate prayers in that
C. His presence is always with
LESSON OUTLINE 1: REASONS AND CONDITIONS
1. Question: Why does the Church pray?
Answer: The church employs prayer:
To make effective the word, the name, and the Spirit of God in fulfilling her divine mandate (Acts 2:42) because God listens to the church (Jeremiah 33:3; Matthew 18:19).
For constant fellowship with God and with one another (Acts 2:42).
For exhortation and edification, building of the faith of believers in God (Heb. 10:25; 1 Tim. 3:10)
To remind God of His promises to protect His Church from the attack of the enemy (Matthew 16:18).
For the demonstration of God’s power through miracles, signs and wonders (Acts 5:12; 12:5).
2. Question: What are the conditions for effective and result-oriented prayers?
Answer: For the prayer of the church to be effective and result-oriented:
The members must live in holiness as saints of God because the prayer of sinner is abomination unto God (Proverbs 15:8).
The church members must relate with singleness of heart and be united in faith (Acts 2:1; 4:25; 2 Peter 1:1).
Such prayer must be scripture-based (Dan. 9:2-3), specific (Acts 4:29-30), fervent (James 5:16), spirit-led (Romans 8:26; Jude 29) and with the assurance of response from God (Acts 4:31. 1 John 5:14-15).
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Do you think your church is praying enough? Give reasons.
LESSON OUTLINE 2: SCOPE AND RESULTS
1. Question: What should the Church pray about?
Answer: The prayer of the church should cover :
Sinners’ conversion (Acts 2:21).
Family needs (Acts 16:32).
Nation’s request (Romans 10:1-3)
People in authority and all men (1 Timothy 2:1-4)
Church leaders (Colossians 4:3-4)
Church work (Matthew 16:18-19)
Individual requests (James 5:13).
Wrestling territorial powers (James 5:13); etc
2. Question*: What is the essence of prayer?
Answer: The earnest and sincere heart-prayers of the church, based upon the word of God, accomplish much. The results include:
God’s presence and power (Acts 4:31)
Boldness of the Saints to witness (Acts 14:3)
Empowerment of believers for exploits (Acts 4:33); Growth of the church (Acts 5:12-14).
Spiritual strength and maturity (Col. 1:9-11).
Prosecution of the world evangelisation through mission outreaches (Acts 13:1-3).
Miracles, signs and wonders (Acts 5:12).
God’s visitation to release incarcerated saints (Acts 12:5-11).
CLASS ACTIVITY 2: What do you think will happen if the Church refuses to pray?
SUMMARY: The effectual fervent prayer of the Church makes manifest the power of God.
CONCLUSION: Prayer makes the church grow, glow and gracious. The major hindrance to the prayer of the church is sin and disunity.
EVALUATION: What should the church pray about?
CLOSING PRAYER: Father, let the fire of prayer continue to burn in your church.
ASSIGNMENT: Student should list five 5 benefits they have enjoyed through corporate prayers.