LIFE group guide: pray like this

 

NOTE: Following is the discussion guide we’ll use in our LIFE groups at MoSt Church tomorrow (Oct. 27). This guide will enable your follow-up of my sermon tomorrow morning from Luke 11.1-13. This sermon is entitled “Pray Like This” and is another installment in the Jesus: Master & Commander series.

To find previous group discussion guides, look under the category title “LIFE group guides” and you’ll find an archive of previous issues.

All Scripture texts reproduced below, unless otherwise noted, are from the CEB.

Reason

Stated in a single sentence, this is the purpose of the sermon series, or this particular sermon in a series.

To call our attention, and our conscience, to some of our Lord’s direct charges to us.

Revelation

These Scriptures formed some of the foundation and structure of the sermon.

Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”

Jesus told them, “When you pray, say: ‘Father, uphold the holiness of your name. Bring in your kingdom. Give us the bread we need for today. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who has wronged us. And don’t lead us into temptation.’”

He also said to them, “Imagine that one of you has a friend and you go to that friend in the middle of the night. Imagine saying, ‘Friend, loan me three loaves of bread because a friend of mine on a journey has arrived and I have nothing to set before him.’ Imagine further that he answers from within the house, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up to give you anything.’ I assure you, even if he wouldn’t get up and help because of his friendship, he will get up and give his friend whatever he needs because of his friend’s brashness. And I tell you:

Ask and you will receive. Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened to you. Everyone who asks, receives. Whoever seeks, finds. To everyone who knocks, the door is opened.

“Which father among you would give a snake to your child if the child asked for a fish? If a child asked for an egg, what father would give the child a scorpion? If you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?” (Luke 11.1-13)

Relation

These icebreaker questions are meant to help us all start thinking, talking, and relating to the topic or texts. Discuss one.

1. Tell us when you feel truly loved, be it in being loved by God or by people, either one.

2. Do you have “a certain place” (vs. 1) or “places” where you pray? Tell us about such.

Research

These questions are meant to help us grapple with the Scripture(s) related to this morning’s sermon. Choose some.

1. What are five matters in life Jesus holds up as worthy of prayer in vs. 2-4?

2. How do vs. 11-13 serve as further commentary on the point made being in vs. 5-10?

3. The Father will give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him. (vs. 13b) This means what?

Reflection

These questions facilitate our sharing what we sense God’s Spirit is doing with us thru his word. Choose some.

1. Why would we want/need to pray for God to uphold the holiness of his name (vs. 2)?

2. If we pray God will uphold the holiness of his name (vs. 3) we’re wanting to see _____.

3. What specific things can we do to help answer our own prayers as we pray vs. 2-4?

4. Is “brashnessness” or “persistence” (vs. 8) essential when asking something of God?

5. Vs. 2-4 tells us what to pray. Vs. 5-13 tells us why to pray. However, what are some “whats” of prayer that come to mind when you reflect on vs. 5-13?

Response

These ideas/suggestions are for your use beyond the group meeting, to aid you in living out today’s message in the coming days.

1. ID any and all excuses you make for not praying. Kill these excuses, mercilessly.

2. Make a simple, but specific plan for this week as to when, where, and what you’ll pray.

3. Compose your own prayer in writing. Use the exemplary prayer (vs. 2-4) as a guide.