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Week 3: Going  How to Pray


Discuss

 

Read the following quotes together:

“We can do more than pray after we have prayed, but no more than pray until we have prayed.”
 
SD Gordon

 

“Prayer is not so much an act of persuasion, as it is a gift from God; a rolling out of the red carpet for God to intervene in the world He created and owns.”
 
One Year Daily Devotions

 

{ Question 1 }

As you read these quotes, what thoughts come to mind with respect to prayer; the nature of it, the practice of it in your own life, etc?

 

Read Matthew 6:5-13 together:

"And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. "And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Pray then like this: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
 
Matthew 6:5-13

 

{ Question 2 }

As we can see in vv.5-8, the context for Jesus teaching his disciples to pray is needed instruction for knowing how to simply “be” with God. vv.9-13 then tell us who God is (ie: Father, King, Provider, Forgiver, Guide, Protector) so that we can know who we are approaching in prayer and with whom we are looking to be. As you think about the different ways in which Jesus describes God the Father, which aspects of His character and nature stand out to you and why?


Nurture

 

Watch the following video together:

{ Question 3 }

Dr. Chris Schofield said, “Prayer is communion and dialogue with a triune God through a personal love relationship with Jesus Christ.” As you consider the depiction of our Triune God in the above video and who He makes us to be in Christ, what are the implications for prayer as a central means for “GOING?”


Act

 
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DNA Plan

Discuss together how you can make specific, measurable plans for being with God in prayer this week