Review the Home Study questions from Lesson 11
I. The Seventh Commandment 第七条诫命
Exodus 20:15 – You shall not steal.
A. In the Seventh Commandment, God teaches us to acquire, use and protect His gift of possessions properly.
Psalm 24:1 – The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.
James 1:17 – Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
B. God owns all things and graciously gives us possessions to control and use.
Deuteronomy 8:17-18 – You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms His covenant, which He swore to your forefathers, as it is today.
God usually gives us possessions by blessing our work.
Proverbs 19:14a – Houses and wealth are inherited from parents.
God also gives us possessions through gift and inheritance.
C. In the Seventh Commandment, God demands the following things:
Proverbs 30:8a-9 – “Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown You and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God. ”
God wants us to desire the amount of income and possessions that will serve our spiritual good.
God wants us to be content with the things He gives us and be assured that He will provide for our needs.
2 Thessalonians 3:12 – Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle and earn the bread they eat.
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 – Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.
God requires that we would work for the things we need to live.
Proverbs 3:9 – Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops.
He requires that we use our possessions to honor Him and to support His work.
1 Timothy 5:8 – If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
He requires that we use our possessions to provide for our families and dependents.
Romans 13:6 – This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing.
He requires that we use our possessions to support our government.
Ephesians 4:28b – Share with those in need.
Hebrews 13:16 – And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
Proverbs 11:25 – A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes other will himself be refreshed.
He requires that we use our possessions to do good to others and to help those in need.
1 Corinthians 10:24 – Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others.
哥林多前书10:24 - 无论何人，不要求自己的益处，乃要求别人的益处。
God wants us to help others protect and preserve their possessions.
D. In the Seventh Commandment, God forbids the following things:
John 6:12b – Let nothing be wasted.
God forbids us to waste our possessions.
Luke 12:15 – Then He （Jesus） said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed, a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
He forbids us to be greedy and crave possessions for selfish purposes.
Ephesians 4:28a – He who has been stealing must steal no longer.
Leviticus 19:35 – Do not use dishonest standards when measuring length, weight or quantity.
Psalm 37:21 – The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously.
James 5:4 – Look! The wages you failed to pay the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty.
He forbids us to steal or attempt to obtain improperly what God has given to others. Examples of such stealing would be:
a. Robbery （stealing by force） 抢劫（强行盗取）
b. Theft （stealing in secret） 偷盗（暗中偷取）
c. Laziness 懒惰
d. Dishonest dealing 不诚实交易
e. Overcharging 收费过高
f. Paying unfair wages 薪酬不公平
g. Violating copyright and patent laws 违背版权和专利权法
h. Vandalism （damaging or destroying another’s property） 故意毁坏（毁坏或毁灭他人的财产）
i. Failing to repay or return what is borrowed. 不付回报或借而不还
Philippians 4:19 – And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
Psalm 103:2, 5a – Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits – who satisfies your desires with good things.
Proverbs 28:20a – A faithful man will be richly blessed.
E. May God lead us to trust that He will continually and generously provide all the things that we need, to thank Him for His wonderful gifts and to faithfully use them to carry out His purposes.
II. The Eighth Commandment 第八条诫命
Exodus 20:16 – You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
Proverbs 22:1 – A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
A. In the Eighth Commandment, God teaches us to respect and protect His gift of a good name to us and others.
B. In the Eighth Commandment, God demands that we say and do things that will uphold the reputation of others. This includes:
Proverbs 10:19 – When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.
Proverbs 17:27 – A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered.
God requires that we choose our words carefully before we speak.
Ephesians 4:25 - Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.
Proverbs 14:25a – A truthful witness saves lives.
God requires that we tell the truth to and about others.
Proverbs 16:21, 24 – The wise in heart are called discerning, and pleasant words promote instruction. Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
God requires that we speak kindly to and about others.
Proverbs 31:8-9 – Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.“
God requires that we speak up and defend those who are being falsely accused.
1 Corinthians 13:6-7 – Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
God requires that we take others’ words and deeds in the kindest possible way.
Leviticus 19:17b – Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in his guilt.
1 Peter 4:8 – Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
God requires that we admonish others when they sin and that we forgive them for their sins against us.
Proverbs 11:13b – A trustworthy man keeps a secret.
God requires that we keep secrets that others share with us.
1 Peter 3:10 – For, whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech.
Proverbs 11:9a – With his mouth the godless destroys his neighbor.
C. In the Eighth Commandment, God forbids that we say or do anything to damage another’s reputation, including the following:
Colossians 3:9 – Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices.
歌罗西书 3:9 —不要彼此说谎，因你们已经脱去旧人和旧人的行为。
Proverbs 19:5 – A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will not go free.
God forbids us to lie to or about other people.
Proverbs 16:28 – A perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends.
Proverbs 11:13a – A gossip betrays a confidence.
He forbids us to gossip about others, betraying their secrets and spreading rumors about them in order to harm them.
James 4:11 – Do not slander one another.
He forbids us to slander others, making false and misleading charges against them.
Proverbs 17:4 – A wicked man listens to evil lips; a liar pays attention to a malicious tongue.
He forbids us to believe and support those who gossip and slander.
Matthew 12:36 – But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.
He forbids us to speak careless, evil words.
Luke 6:37a – Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.
He forbids us to unjustly judge and condemn others.
Ecclesiastes 7:1a – A good name is better than fine perfume.
Ephesians 4:15a – Speaking the truth in love.
Proverbs 15:4a – The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life.
D. May God lead us to respect the gift of a good reputation and to speak words that will bless and help others.
III. The Ninth And Tenth Commandments 第九条、第十条诫命
Exodus 20:17 – You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
A. In the Ninth and Tenth Commandments, God teaches us to have hearts that are holy and satisfied with what God gives.
B. God condemns the sin of coveting. Coveting is the sinful desire or craving for things and experiences we should not want to have, especially when they belong to others.
Proverbs 15:26b – The thoughts of the pure are pleasing to the Lord.
C. In the Ninth and Tenth Commandments, God demands that we desire only things that are pure and pleasing to Him.
1 Chronicles 28:9b – Acknowledge the God of your Father, and serve Him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts.
历代志上 28:9b —你当认识耶和华你父的神，诚心乐意地事奉他。因为他鉴察众人的心，知道一切心思意念。你若寻求他，他必使你寻见。你若离弃他，他必永远丢弃你。
God wants us to remember that He searches all our thoughts and motives and that He requires us to serve Him with fully devoted hearts.
Psalm 37:4 – Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.
God requires that we find our supreme joy in having Him as our Savior and Lord.
1 Timothy 6:6-8 – But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
Philippians 4:12 – 13 – I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.
God requires that we be content in every situation of life with what He so lovingly provides for us.
Proverbs 15:26a – The Lord detests the thoughts of the wicked.
D. In the Ninth and Tenth Commandments, God forbids us to desire anything that is evil.
Ecclesiastes 5:10 – Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless.
God forbids us to be dissatisfied with what He gives us.
Colossians 3:5-6 – Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.
God forbids us to be greedy, having a sinful craving for wealth and power.
James 3:14-15 – But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such ”wisdom“ does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil.
God forbids us to be envious of others, selfishly wanting what belongs to another.
1 Corinthians 3:3 – You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men?
He forbids us to be sinfully jealous, unwilling to let someone else possess or enjoy something that God allows them to have.
James 4:1-2 – What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God.
1 Timothy 6:9-10 – People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
E. God solemnly warns us that coveting leads to bitter conflict and spiritual grief and ruin.
1 Peter 1:14-15 – As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do.
Ecclesiastes 5:19 – Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work–this is a gift of God.
F. May God lead us to renounce evil desires and give us hearts that are filled with holy aims and are content with all that He provides.
IV. Prayer 祷告
A. What Prayer Is
Matthew 6:7 – And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.
Luke 18:11 – The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector.
Prayer is not merely speaking words, nor is it expressing selfish thoughts.
Daniel 9:3, 19 – ”I turned to the Lord and pleaded with Him in prayer…O Lord, listen! … Oh Lord, hear and act!“
Psalm 19:14 – May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
Prayer is personal, heartfelt communication with God.
a. It may be expressed in words or in unspoken thoughts.
b. It is a response people make to God who speaks to us in His Word.
Matthew 15:8-9a – ”These people honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me. They worship Me in vain.“
Prayer is an act of worship which honors God.
Daniel 9:4b – O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant of love.”
Psalm 42:8 – By day the Lord directs His love, at night His song is with me–a prayer to the God of my life.
Prayer is reverent address to the God who loves us and gives us life.
Romans 8:26 – 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 with groans that words cannot express.
Since we do not naturally know how to pray, the Holy Spirit helps believers pray for the things they need.
B. The Elements of Prayer
Ephesians 6:18a – And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.
In His Word, God teaches us to offer various kinds of prayer:
1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, He （God） is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Daniel 9:5, 18b – We have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from Your commands and laws. We do not make requests of You because we are righteous, but because of Your great mercy.
a. God wants us to speak with Him about the sins we commit against Him and others.
b. In confession, we admit our sins to God and plead for His pardoning mercy.
c. By confessing our sins, we prevent them from disrupting and destroying our relationship with God.
Psalm 107:1 – Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 – Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
a. God wants us to thank Him for all the blessings He gives us.
b. We have reason to be thankful in all the circumstances of our lives.
c. We can easily fail to give God prompt and proper thanks （For example: The Ten Healed Of Leprosy in Luke 17:11-19）。
1 Timothy 2:1 – I urge, then, first of all, that request, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—
Ephesians 6:18b – Always keep on praying for all the saints.
Matthew 5:44 – But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
Intercession – Requests For Others
a. God wants us to bring the needs of others to Him.
b. We are to pray for all people – our loved ones, fellow believers, non-Christians, even our enemies.
c. Asking the almighty, all-gracious God to help others is one of the best ways to show your love for them.
Philippians 4:6 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
James 1:5 – In any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
Petition – Requests For Oneself
a. God wants us to ask Him for the things we need.
b. By bringing our needs to God, we declare our dependence on Him and our confidence in Him to help us.
c. God wants us to look to Him as our first and not last resort.
Psalm 103:1 – Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name.
a. God wants us to admire and appreciate Him as the magnificent God He is.
b. By praising God, we proclaim how great and wonderful He is.
c. Praise is the highest element of prayer since it looks beyond what God does for us to who the Lord is and what He means to us.
C. Why We Pray
Isaiah 65:24 – Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.
We do not pray to God because He must be informed of our needs. He is thoroughly familiar with them even before we mention them.
Matthew 7:7 – Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
Psalm 50:15 – “And call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you and you will honor Me.”
We pray because God commands and invites us to pray.
We pray because God promises to hear our prayers.
We pray because of our and other people’s needs.
We pray because we are grateful for the blessings God gives us.
D. How We Pray
Psalm 65:2 – O God, You who hear prayer, to You all men will come.
Isaiah 45:20b – Ignorant are those who pray to gods that cannot save.
Isaiah 63:16 – But You are our Father, though Abraham does not know us or Israel acknowledge us; you, O Lord, are our Father, our Redeemer from of old is Your name.
We pray only to the true God, the Triune God.
Prayers offered to false gods and to people are offensive to God and useless.
John 16:23b – I tell you the truth, My Father will give you whatever you ask in My name.
1 Timothy 2:5-6 – For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all men–the testimony given in its proper time.
We pray “in the name of Jesus”
a. To pray in Jesus’ name means to pray trusting in Him as our Savior and in reliance on His almighty power.
b. Only Jesus, our perfect Savior, makes sinful people acceptable to a holy God.
c. Only Jesus, the Father’s pleasing Son, moves God to hear and answer our prayers.
Attempting to get God to answer prayers for some other reason than Jesus is highly insulting to Him.
Mark 11:24 – Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
James 1:6-7 – But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord;
We pray confidently, trusting that God hears and will grant our request.
Psalm 119:145 – I call with all my heart; answer me, O Lord, and I will obey Your decrees.
We pray sincerely and thoughtfully from our hearts.
1 John 5:14 – This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
We pray in obedient agreement with God’s will.
a. Prayer is not getting God to do our selfish bidding.
b. It is rather submitting our desires to His, wanting what He wants for us.
Hebrews 8:12 – For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.
1 Timothy 2:4 – Who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
1 Thessalonians 4:3 – It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;
In matters where God makes His will clear to us （such as His desire to forgive our sins, save our souls and sanctify our lives）， we pray without any conditions.
Matthew 8:2 – A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”
James 4:13-15 – Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”
Luke 22:42– “Father, if You are willing, take this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.”
In other matters where God has not given us a clear promise （such as for health, earthly wealth and success）， we leave it up to God to answer as He thinks best for us.
Romans 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.
a. We know that God will make all things serve our good.
b. Even though we do not know what God’s particular will is in these matters, we offer our prayers confidently.
1 Timothy 2:8 – I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 – Pray continually.
Psalm 88:1 – O Lord, the God who saves me, day and night I cry out before You.
God wants us to pray in all places and at all times.
a. God is always available and never too busy for us.
b. God wants us to live with Him at the center of our thinking and to frequently call on Him in prayer.
James 4:2b – You do not have, because you do not ask.
Colossians 4:2a – Devote yourselves to prayer.
God does not want us to neglect prayer.
a. A great tragedy of life is unoffered prayer.
b. Often we do not have what we need because we have not expressed our trust in and respect for God by asking Him.
c. May we be diligent and faithful in our prayers to God.
James 2:15-16 – Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?
Ecclesiastes 9:10a – Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.
God also does not want us to substitute prayers or good intentions for the work He wants us to do.
a. Praying for something without working to do what we can to bring that thing about is merely expressing empty wishes and is a failure of our responsibility to God.
b. It is well said: “Work without prayer is slavery. Prayer without work is beggary.”
c. May we be diligent and faithful in carrying out our work for the Lord.
E. Does God Hear And Answer Every Prayer That People Offer?
James 5:16b – The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
1 Peter 3:12 – For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.
God does hear and accepts the prayers of those who believe in Jesus as their Savior.
God rejects the requests of those who sinfully despise the Savior.
Psalm 138:3a – When I called, You answered me.
God does answer every true prayer of His believers in His own way and at His own time.
2 Corinthians 12:8-9a – Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.”
Sometimes God answers “No” to our requests.
a. When He does this, it is only because He wants to give us something better than what we asked Him for.
b. We do not always know what is good for us and may ask for things that are harmful.
c. God knows what is best for us and may lovingly have to deny a request.
John 2:4b – Jesus replied, “My time has not yet come.”
Luke 18:1 – Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.
Sometimes God answers “Not Yet” or “Wait” to our requests.
a. When God chooses not to reveal His answer to us quickly, He has our best interests in mind.
b. We may not be ready to handle the answer He gives or we may need to have our faith tested and strengthened by a delay.
c. God urges us to not give up in our prayers until God does make His answer known to us.
V. The Lord’s Prayer 主祷文
Matthew 6:9-13 – “This, then, is how you should pray: ”Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’
A. Introduction to the Lord’s Prayer
Our Lord Jesus taught this prayer as a model to show His disciples how to pray.
This excellent prayer teaches us to make spiritual things the priority of our life and to look to God for them.
The prayer has three major parts: the Address, the Seven Petitions and the Doxology （words of praise）。
We regularly use the Lord’s Prayer in our worship services as a way to express our important requests to God.
We will study a brief explanation of the prayer in order to help us pray it more meaningfully.
B. An Explanation of the Lord’s Prayer
Our Father in heaven
“Heavenly Father, we come to You confidently as Your dear children.”
Hallowed be You name
“Help us honor what You reveal to us in Your Word by teaching it and living according to it faithfully.”
Your kingdom come.
“Send the Holy Spirit to strengthen Christ’s rule in our hearts, to spread that rule to others and take us to enjoy Your glorious rule in eternity.”
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
“Let Your gracious plan to save and bless people through Jesus Christ succeed against all Your enemies and strengthen us to do all You wish.”
Give us today our daily bread.
“Provide all that we need each day and give us trusting, thankful hearts.”
And forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
“Pardon all our sins for Jesus’ sake and help us to pardon others as You pardon us.”
And lead us not into temptation.
“Help us so that we are not overcome by efforts to lead us into sin.
But deliver us from evil.
”Bring us safely through the hardships of life to our home in heaven.“
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.
”You are the great, glorious and mighty God, and we are convinced that You hear and answer us.“
VI. Home Study 家庭作业
A. LESSON REVIEW: Mark each statement either A （Agree） or D （Disagree）
—– 1. I am the true owner of all my possessions.
—– 1. 我是我一切产业的真正拥有者。
—– 2. I can do whatever I want with the money I earn.
—– 2. 我可以用我赚的钱做我想做的任何事。
—– 3. A person can steal by not doing anything.
—– 3. 人进行偷窃有时就是什么也不做。
—– 4. A good reputation is a priceless, but fragile thing.
—– 4. 好名声是无价之宝，但也是脆弱的东西。
—– 5. Telling harmful things about others is all right as long as what we say is truthful.
—– 5. 只要 我们说的是事实，讲关于他人的坏话也没关系。
—– 6. Listening to and supporting gossip is just as bad as telling it.
—– 6. 听从并支持流言蜚语 跟自己去传播一样糟糕。
—– 7. The great desire of our hearts should be for God Himself.
—– 7. 我们心中最强烈的的渴求应该是对神的 渴求。
—– 8. The 9th and 10th Commandments remind us that contentment is an important thing missing in many lives.
—– 8. 第九条和第十条诫命提醒我们，满足 是很多人的生命中缺失的重要的东西。
—– 9. Coveting is a relatively harmless sin since it affects only the inner attitudes of a person’s heart.
—– 9. 贪婪相对来说是害处比较少的罪，因为贪婪只影响一个人内心的态度。
—– 10. Prayer is simply speaking to God from our hearts.
—– 10. 祷告简单来说就是我们用心向神说话。
—– 11. The primary goal of prayer is to move God to do the things we want done.
—– 11. 祷告的首要目标就是使上帝完成我们想要的事情。
—– 12. God will answer the prayers of anyone as long as he/she is sincere in praying.
—– 12. 只要祷告诚心，上帝会回应任何人的祷告。
—– 13. Most people pray too much.
—– 13. 大多数人祷告太多了。
—– 14. God answers all the prayers of His believers.
—– 14. 上帝回应信徒的所有祷告。
—– 15. The more we pray, the less God expects us to do in life.
—– 15. 我们祷告得越多，上帝期待我们在生命中要做的事就越少。
B. PERSONAL REFLECTIONS （Answer the following questions）
What is the key to having a contented heart?
Why do people so easily neglect prayer?
Compose a five-sentence prayer, using the five elements of confession, thanksgiving, intercession, petition and praise as the theme for each sentence.
C. MEMORY TREASURES: （Memorize the following Bible verses to build up your knowledge of God’s Word）
Psalm 37:4 – Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart.
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.
D. READING DURING THE WEEK
—– Day 1 – John 18 第一天：约翰福音18章
—– Day 2 – John 19 第二天：约翰福音 19章
—– Day 3 – John 20 第三天：约翰福音20章
—– Day 4 – John 21 第四天：约翰福音21章
—- Day 5 – Philippians 1 第五天：腓立比书1章
—- Day 6 – Philippians 2 第六天：腓立比书2章
—- Day 7 – Philippians 3 第七天：腓立比书3章
Hymn 407:1 – 3 in Christian Worship: ”O Lord, You Have in Your Pure Grace“
O Lord, You have in Your pure grace
Made shine on us a Father’s face:
Arise, Your holy name make known;
Take up Your power and reign alone;
On earth, in us, let Your pure will
Be done as angels do it still.
O King and Father, kind and dread,
Give us this day our daily bread;
Forgive us, who have learned to bless
Our enemies, all trespasses;
Spare us temptation; let us be
From Satan set forever free.
Yours is the kingdom; unto You
We bow the knee in homage true,
And Yours the power, no power is there
That stands against You anywhere.
The glory Yours, by every tongue
Your praise shall be forever sung!