As the New Year rolls around, our minds often wander to reflecting about what things we want to bring change to in our own lives. Working out, eating healthier, or picking up a new hobby are all good endeavours. Yet why not pursue a goal that has a more significant eternal impact? Why not pray more?

The truth is that most believers struggle with having a healthy prayer life. So many of us consider prayer an afterthought of our Christian walk, even though time and time again we see in the Scriptures that prayer precedes victory. The call to converse with our maker ought to be a delight, yet we often treat it as a duty. Through this series over the next several weeks, we will be looking through selected passages on prayer to help us to see how it can change our attitudes, ambitions, and situations as we grow in relationship with God. Through delving into the Word of God, we hope to highlight the different parts of prayer and the overwhelming value it has in bringing the Kingdom of God here and now.

As Martin Luther said, “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” How many of us are holding our breath? In God’s sovereignty, He uses the petitions of His people in powerful ways! So Let’s Pray!

 

Let’s Pray Series Resources

 

On the Right Side of History

Abbotsford – Jan 28, Acts 4:23-31

  1. If you knew that no matter what happened today, you would wake up tomorrow morning healthy and well, what would you do? How does the security of knowing the future motivate you for the present?
  2. How does the knowledge of God’s sovereign control over the world and his special commitment to his children give you confidence in your life now? How does it affect your worries?
  3. In light of God’s sovereign care for us, why do we continue to worry? What can we do to overcome our worries?

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The Disciple’s Prayer Part 2

Abbotsford – Jan 21, Matthew 6:11-13

  1. Give us this day our daily bread…
    • Read Exodus 16:1-30. Why do you think God prohibited the people from collecting more manna than they needed every day?
    • Why do we want to store up extra money? Is it bad for us to do so (aren’t saving money and having insurance good things)? When does our saving up become dangerous to our faith, if at all?
    • Other than money, what kinds of daily needs ought we to be praying for?

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The Disciple’s Prayer

Abbotsford – Jan 14, Matthew 6:9-10

  1. What do you find hard about praying? What kinds of things normally stop us from praying?
  2. What sort of practices have you put into place in your life to help you pray? What would you counsel someone to do to improve their commitment to prayer?
  3. Do we think of God more as our loving Father or the great God in the heavens – as far off and transcendent or as near and immanent? What are the dangers of emphasizing one of these aspects of God over the other? Which do you think we are more prone to emphasize today? Why?

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Rooted and Established in Love

Abbotsford – Jan 7, Ephesians 3:14-21

  1. For what reason does Paul kneel before the Father? What in your life has brought you to your knees in praise of God?
  2. Christians often talk about Jesus “living in our hearts” but what does that mean? Are there better ways of expressing this idea?
  3. How did Andy explain what it means to be “rooted and established in love”? How does that affect the way you live?

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Prayer and Providence

Abbotsford – Dec 31, Romans 8:26-28

  1. What is an example of a difficult situation in your life in which you did not know what to pray for? Did you end up praying for that situation or not?
  2. What are the situations in your life, or the life of others you love, that you are seeking God to intervene? Spend some time intentionally praying for those things.
  3. In light of our circumstances, our response shouldn’t be “What If?” or “Why Me?” but rather, “What Now?”. Spend some time evaluating, and consider how God is calling you to respond in light of the situation you find yourself. Is there a need for repentance, reconciliation, contentment, etc.?

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