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Build a foundational understanding of what prayer is—a two-way conversation of listening, thanking, asking, confessing, adoring, and connecting with God—and why and how we pray.

 

The Discussion

Starting the Discussion

  1. What words or phrases come to mind when you think about prayer? 

  2. If you could ask God one thing, what would you say? If you could hear one thing from God, what would you like to hear?
  1. Over the last month, how often have you prayed, and how would you describe that experience?

Dialogue Together

  1. What does the Bible say about prayer? Look up some or all of the following verses: Proverbs 15:8, 2 Chronicles 7:14, Matthew 5:44, Matthew 9:38, Philippians 4:6, Ephesians 6:18, Romans 12:12, James 5:13, Colossians 4:2-4. What stands out about prayer? What is confusing? What is encouraging? What do we learn about the power of prayer?
  2. Read Matthew 6:5-13. What stands out about this prayer? What does it mean that God’s name is hallowed? How do you think we can adore and praise God more?
  1. Why is it important to pray for “God’s will to be done”? Seeing the list of verses that are part of God’s will for us—how can you incorporate that into your prayer life?
  1. Why do you think God wants to hear what our needs are? Why do you think God wants us to pray for other people? What’s one or two ways you could grow in praying for your own needs and the needs of others? Why could practicing adoring God before you ask him for things be a helpful practice?
  1. Why do you think we should ask for God’s forgiveness? What are the benefits of regularly confessing your sins?
  1. What temptations are you currently facing?  How can you take these temptations to God in prayer more and more? What next step can you take in pursuing holiness?
  1. Why is acknowledging God as our Father important? How does seeing God as your Father make you feel? How could acknowledging God as Father affect your prayer life?
  1. Read Matthew 14:23, Mark 6:46, Luke 6:12, Mark 1:35, Luke 5:16. What stands out about Jesus and his prayer life? How did Jesus demonstrate the priority of prayer? Are there things you need to cut back on (social media, entertainment, etc.) to create more quiet space for prayer?
 
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