The Spiritual Disciplines of the Christian Life: Prayer (Luke 11:1-4)

  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
  5. 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?
  6. What do you think it means to be co-laborers with God? (Cor. 3:9)
  7. 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?
  8. Pastor Dan talked about the importance of the imagination in prayer.  What are your thoughts on using your imagination when praying?
  9. Share prayer requests and spend time praying for each member of the group and their practice of the spiritual discipline of prayer.