Study of Prayer and Repentance


Intro: I’m Tim Barker

This is: “turn if you will” ministries

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Story: I’m a retired firefighter, and I set my heart to study the word of God about ten years ago. Here in the last six months, I have set my heart to developing a prayer life. 


Objectives are: to know and understand the following:

  1. That repentance is granted by God.
  2. The baptism of the Holy Spirit follows after repentance.
  3. That other people CAN NOT pray to God for your repentance.
  4. The remedy for sin and how to accomplish repentance.  


II Timothy 2:24-25 [25] That it is God who grants repentance (1st objective identified)

Acts 8:1-24 [22] Simon was told to repent and to pray that God would forgive the thought of his heart.

  • What are some events that lead to Acts 8:22? Chapter 6 & 7.
  • Seven men full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom to do work of ministry—Stephen & Philip.
  • Acts 7:2 Stephen gives a speech and is stoned to death.
  • Acts 7:58 Saul (first mention) Future Apostle Paul.
  • Acts 8:1 Saul was consenting to the death of Stephen. The beginning of persecution.
  • Acts 8:5 Philip, a minister of the gospel preaches in Samaria.
  • Acts 8:9 Simon the sorcerer.
  • Acts 8:12 Philip preached Jesus Christ and both men & women baptized
  • Acts 8:14 Peter and John the Apostles go to Samaria.
  • Acts 8:15 Apostles pray (Holy Spirit to be received).
  • Acts 8:16 No one received the Holy Spirit only baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
  • Acts 8:17 the Apostles laid hands on the people, and they received the Holy Spirit (2nd objective achieved).
  • Why was Simon told to repent in the first place?
  • Acts 8:18 Simon attempts to buy the authority given to the apostles.
  • Acts 8:20 Peter—the gift of God (the Holy Spirit) can’t be purchased with money.
  • Acts 8:21 Simon’s heart was not right in the sight of God.
  • Acts 8:22 Repent and pray to God—if perhaps the thoughts of your heart may be forgiven.
  • Acts 8:23 Simon’s heart was bound by iniquity.
  • Acts 8:24 Simon’s mistake: he wanted Peter to pray for him. We must pray our own prayer of repentance to God. (3rd objective identified)

4 Discussion Questions:

  1. What was Simon’s sin?
  2. Where in scripture is this sin found?
  3. What are the consequences of this sin (and other sin)?
  4. What is the remedy for this sin (and other sin)?


  1. Selfish ambitions.
  2. Galatians 5:20 (Note: Acts 8:13 Simon repented of sorcery)
  3. Matthew 7:21-23, Jesus says, “depart from Me.”
  4. Psalms 51:1-17 a Psalms of repentance (1st, 3rd, & 4th objective achieved).

In conclusion: have you ever made a commitment to Jesus Christ in your life. Jesus is waiting for you to join Him in a prayer life.