Genesis 2: Prayer Guide

November 25, 2021 in Today's Prayer by TGV

Genesis 2: Prayer Guide/ 1-BSG-2B (Genesis 2:1-25)/ Theme: Tree of the knowledge of good and evil/ Hymn: I’ve wandered far away from God/ [Author] William J. Kirkpatrick (1892)


Key Text: “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it, you shall surely die.” (Genesis 2:16–17, NKJV)

Opening Remarks: Three major themes stand out in this chapter: The Sabbath, Marriage and freedom of Choice (as presented by the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil). There were many trees in the garden, but two are highly significant: the Tree of Life which reappears several times in Scripture (Prov. 3:18; 11:30; 13:12; 15:4; Rev. 2:7; 22:1–2, 14, 19); and the Tree of the Knowledge of good and evil, which is mentioned only here (Gen. 2–3). “The very presence of this tree in the garden revealed that man was a free moral agent. Man’s service was not forced; he might either obey or disobey. The decision was his.” (SDA BC 1:225). Unfortunately, man chose to disobey a clear command from the LORD (as we shall see in the next chapter), Eve, touched the Tree, ate from it, Sin entered, and what followed was the separation from God, human suffering, sadness, and death – eternal death (if sin goes unrepented). But praise God that Christ interposed (Gal 4:4-5; Jn 3:16; 19:28-30). There was, however, an implied promise in Genesis 3:15 that, if man repented and continued in the path of obedience, he should live for ever. Praise God that Christ saved us from the condemnation of death and eternal alienation from God. “But God commended his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom 5:8).

Beloved, as we come to the today’s Prayer Session, let’s be reminded that any violation of God’s Law or Instructions will entail the utmost ruin. The Bible says, “the soul that sinneth, shall surely die” (Ezek. 18:20). To disobey God is sin, and the wages of sin is death (Rom 6:23). Make no mistake, any disobedience of God’s Law will produce some kind of consequence (immediate and permanent).. even death. Let us repent of our sins and obey the LORD now. In summary, this chapter invites us to— 1. Keep the Sabbath holy; 2. Obey God’s commandments; 3. Renew our Marriage Vows; 4. Consecrate our lives to Jesus; 5. Ask God to bless our homes. Are we willing to do these things?

Values to Build On: Prayer, Repentance, Obedience, Consecration, Delight in God’s rest (Isa. 58:13; Heb 4:9).

Sins to Avoid/ Confess: See section (1-BSG-2S) Study Guide.

Something to Thank God For: Gift of Marriage & the Family; Blessings of the Sabbath.

People to Pray For:

  • All Married couples – To love each other; To care for, treat, esteem one another better (Phil. 2:3-4).
  • For all husbands—To love their wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her (Eph. 5:25).
  • Cheaters/ Unfaithful Partners –To repent and remember that one Day, God “will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts.” (1 Cor. 4:5). Pray for them to repent and honor their wedding vows.
  • Pray for Children –To be obedient to their Parents.
  • Pray for all People –To obey God by keeping the Sabbath-Day holy.
  • Pretenders’ Conversion –Who conceals their evil conducts because they want to maintain their names in the church record; while at home they are ‘wolves,’ disobeying God with their actions, thoughts, and conduct.

Issues to Pray For:

  • Obedience to God in all things, including the Sabbath Commandment.
  • Genuine conversion of parents/ children who are guilty of hatred, violence at home.
  • Patience & Forgiveness: To solved differences between life partners, (not divorcing).
  • Grace & Courage: To care for a life partner who is sick, handicap, or diagnosed with a terminal disease.
  • Faithfulness in Marriages: to treat other partner with love and respect, with zero mistreatment, or abuse.
  • Warning: Husband’s salvation might be at stake if they don’t do this. “In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered.” (1 Peter 3:7, NLT)
  • Pray for faith and strength to stand strong for Jesus, and strong for the truths of God’s Word, no matter what the consequences might be, in these last days, more specifically, for keeping the Sabbath (cf. Rev. 12:17).

Today’s Promise: “Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.” (Revelation 14:12, NKJV)


Closing Prayer/ Genesis 2, (1-BSG-2Z)/ Is there a Prayer for me to pray/echo in this chapter?  Yes.

Prayer: Father, we thank You again for Your word in this chapter. We thank You for the gift of life, for another chance to hear the Gospel and make necessary changes in our lives. We thank You for Your unchanging character; for Your works; for daily blessings; for gifts and promises of gifts; for meeting our daily needs.

Father, we thank You for the gift of Marriage and Family (Gen 2:15-25). Many families are falling apart in these last days. The Devil has waged a war in many homes, including Christian families: violence are on the rise; children do not obey their parent (2 Tim. 3:2) anymore; Husband/ wives keep fighting, sometime end up divorcing each other; Many are unfaithful to their spouses; Many children are disobedient to parents, proud, blasphemers, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, traitors… and the list goes on and on. Forgive us (collectively) dear LORD, and may Thy Spirit convict us these sins.

May we repent and resume the process of reflecting Your “image” (Gen 1:26-26) in our bodies, in our conducts, in our families, in our communities. May Thy Spirit transform our homes to be “little heavens” – a place where the Spirit of God will reside; a place where an Alter of prayer and worship will be erected; a place where people from far and near shall come to see and learn God’s love, grace and mercy (cf. 2 Kings 20:15; Isa. 39:1-8); a place where holy Angels will ascend and descend; but most importantly, a place which will be called after Your Name!

I earnestly pray for every father, every mother: to know that their number one job is to represent You well in their families – to teach their children; to “train up a child in the way he should go” (Prov. 22:6); to teach them in the ways of the LORD (Deut. 4:9; 6:7; 11:19; Eph. 6:4; Col 3:16). I pray for husbands to love their wives, “as Christ loved the church” (Eph. 5:25-26); For wives, in the same manner, to respect, obey, and submit to their husbands (1 Pet 3:1). Help us dear LORD to repent; to see Revival and Reformation in every Christian family; for there can be “no local church” if church members (families) are disintegrated, and Your name is defamed.

Sanctify us dear LORD. In this chapter, You are calling us to “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy!” (Ex. 20:8)—because on the Seventh Day, You ended Your work, and rested; You blessed the Seventh Day and sanctified it (Gen 2:2-3). Many of us are guilty of this command. Perhaps we know about it but don’t obey it the way we ought to. There those who break this command unknowingly (following the commands of men). Forgive us dear LORD and remind us of the many blessings You have in store for those who will obey Your Commandment, including the Sabbath (Isa. 56:2-9; 58:13-14; Ezek. 20:20; Isa 66:22-23; Heb 4:9; Rev. 1:3: 14:12).

Sanctify us dear LORD according to Your promises, according to Your Word… that You will not cease purging us (if we allow You) until You have perfected us –making us “holy,” without spot or wrinkle, and blameless (Eph. 5:26-27) –until the Day of the Lord Jesus (2 Cor. 1:14). We thank You Father, and we look forward to that glorious “Blessed Hope,” when we shall see Jesus face to face, when all things shall be made “new” again (Rev. 21:1-4); Grant it our joy, we plead.

We thank You LORD, and we ask these things, believing and trusting, in the Name, the most powerful Name, even the holy Name of Jesus Christ, Amen.


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