The Spiritual Disciplines of the Christian Life: Prayer (Luke 11:1-4)
- Ask group members to share their experiences with prayer. What are some times God has answered your prayers? Do you have a regular prayer time? Why or why not? What are some of your questions about prayer in the life of a Christian?
- Pastor Dan noted that “to pray is to change.” Discuss the following passages and how they relate to this idea of change – James 4:3-6, John5:19-20, 2 Corinthians 3:18, Romans8:26-29.
- The second truth about prayer is that we learn to pray by praying. Pastor Dan was careful to point out that this involves a learning process. It takes time and we must allow ourselves to learn about prayer. What are some things you have learned about prayer?
- Luke 11:1-4 is a simple prayer that emphasizes the transformational nature of prayer in our lives. Review this prayer both noting and discussing the transformational phrases found in it.
- What does Exodus 32:14 tell us about the power of prayer to change things? How is our prayers and God’s will different from a fatalistic view of God and our world?
- What do you think it means to be co-laborers with God? (Cor. 3:9)
- Read Matthew 6:5-6. Discuss the fact that prayer is private and deeply personal in our lives. What does it mean that our Father who sees in secret will reward us?
- Pastor Dan talked about the importance of the imagination in prayer. What are your thoughts on using your imagination when praying?
- Share prayer requests and spend time praying for each member of the group and their practice of the spiritual discipline of prayer.