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!
What do you find hard about praying? What kinds of things normally stop us from praying?
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?
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?
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?
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.
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.?