James 5 & Matthew 6 - Public and Private Prayer - July 14, 2019

Do you pray in private often?  What kinds of things to do pray about? 

 How do you address God?  What kinds of things to you give thanks for? 

 Do you pray in front of other people often?  What kinds of settings do people offer public prayers in? 

 If you don’t like praying in front of other people, why is that?

 If you pray in front of others often, how do people react to a prayer given for them out loud?

 What do you think the major obstacle is in you becoming a better prayer giver?

Luke 11 - What Does God Want Us to Know About Prayer? - July 7, 2019

What have you been taught about prayer in the past?  Has your experience validated that teaching or made you doubt?

  

When you pray, do you often wonder if you’re doing it wrong?

  

What have you been told is the “right” way to pray?

  

What thing or things have you prayed the longest for?  Do you ever get tired of praying for the same old thing?  Are you ever tempted to stop because you think God is just not interested in answering that prayer?

  

What’s the most meaningful gift you’ve ever received?Given?Received from God as a result of prayer?

James 4 & 1 Chronicles 4 - Am I Praying for the Right Things? - June 30, 2019

Have you ever wondered what you’re supposed to be praying for?  What kinds of things do you often pray for?  Or what do you suppose other people pray for?

  

What kind of life do you envision for yourself?  What do you want your life to end up looking like?

  

Do you think that vision for your life is the same as God’s vision for your life?  If not, do you trust that his vision is better and more joy-filled for you than yours is?

  

Have you ever prayed about your place of service in our church?What aspect of the life of our church do you feel most drawn to?

Isaiah 38 - Does Prayer Even Matter? - June 23, 2019

Have you ever wondered if your prayers even mattered?

 

Have you ever seen prayer change a situation?

  

Have you experienced change as a result of prayer?

  

Have you ever doubted that prayer has any effect?  Why did you doubt?

  

Have you ever prayed for a person or situation and it seemed to make absolutely no difference at all whatsoever, not even a little bit?  Why do you think it had to effect?

  

Do you think you can change God’s mind?  Do you think God ever does change his mind? 

  

Have you ever prayed anyway even though you doubted?

Deuteronomy 18 - Who's in Charge of Your Life? - June 16, 2019

What words do you think are good synonyms for the word “prayer”?

 

Have you ever prayed?  How often do you pray?  Do you think you should pray more? 

 

When you pray, do you really think you are connecting with the Most High and Creator of all the Universe?  Does that fact escape you sometimes?

 

Are you often afraid that God won’t answer your prayers at all or not answer them the way you’d hoped?

 

Are you often tempted to go to another source besides God?  Why? 

 

How do you think God views it when a believer goes to another source besides him?  Is there anything you need to repent of in this area?

Job 9, 13, 19 - Tough Lessons - May 19, 2019

What is the hardest lesson you have had to learn?  What was the difficult time surrounding it that you were going through?

 What would your life be like if you hadn’t learned that lesson?  Would you be where you are now?

 If that difficult time was necessary in order to learn this lesson, would you say the difficult time was then worth it in order to be who God has made you today?

 What might have made that lesson easier to learn?  How long did it take to learn the lesson? 

 Do you think God is teaching you anything now?