Conversation. Rooted #4: Prayer
(Key verses: Luke 11:1; Matthew 6:5-13)
Sunday, May 19, 2019
This is the 4th message in a 7-sermon series called “Rooted” (foundations of the Christian Faith.)
1.Prayer is DIALOGUE between ME and God.
(Luke 3:21, 5:16, 6:12, 11:1; Matt. 6:5, 14:23; Mark 1:35, 6:46; John 17; Hebrews 5:7)
2.God is the only ‘AUDIENCE’, and we don’t have to win Him over or IMPRESS Him (or others!)
(1 Thessalonians 2:4; Proverbs 29:25; Galatians 1:10)
3.We are to pray FERVENTLY, believing that God hears and ANSWERS.
(Luke 18:1; Psalm 3:4, 6:9, 17:6, 65:2, 138:3; Matthew 7:7-8; Colossians 4:2,12; James 5:16; Hebrews 4:16; Ephesians 6:18)
4.Get alone and SHUT OUT distractions.
(Matthew 6:6; Mark 1:35; Luke 5:16; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; Philippians 4:6-7)
5.We pray to the FATHER in the name of the SON by the power of the SPIRIT.
(1 Timothy 2:5; John 14:13-14; Romans 8:26)
6.Prayer is a conversation, but not a FLIPPANT one.
(Ecclesiastes 5:2; Proverbs 1:7; Psalm 89:7,111:10; Matthew 15:8)
7.Prayer is not just ‘getting what I want’, but aligning my WILL with God’s WILL.
(1 John 5:14,15 ; Luke 22:42; 2 Corinthians 12:8-9; James 1:5-7, 4:3; Matthew 5:23-24; 1 Peter 3:7; Psalm 66:18; Proverbs 28:9)
A FEW QUICK TIPS:
•Learn by praying with a small group or a prayer partner.
•Establish a routine (and stick with it!)
•Be honest, vulnerable, and real. (It’s a conversation with a Friend who is sitting with you.)
•Pray out loud to help you stay focused.
•Keep a journal. (Write down what to pray for, and record answers too!)
•A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication)
•Begin with the Word. Read it, meditate on it, and then talk to God about what He has written to you.
8. Practice and cultivate the discipline of LISTENING.
Taking it further to help you THRIVE…
1.Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged, or confused you?
2.What differences do you notice in your walk with Christ when you spend regular time in prayer? What is most significant about your prayer time?
3.What keeps you from private prayer? Public prayer? How is God ‘stretching’ you in these areas?
4.The Holman Bible Dictionary says this: “The ironies of prayer are evident: God knows our needs, yet we must ask; God is ready to answer, yet we must patiently persist.” Discuss these ‘ironies’ and how they help align our will with God’s will.
5.Read the following verses: 1 John 5:14,15; James 1:5-7, James 4:3; Matthew 5:23-24; 1 Peter 3:7; Psalm 66:18; Proverbs 28:9. What hinders our prayers?
6.(Spend some intentional time as a group praying for one another!)