NOTE: Following is the discussion guide we’ll use tomorrow (May 11) in our LIFE groups at MoSt Church. This guide will enable your follow-up of my sermon that morning. To find previous group discussion guides, look under the category title “LIFE group guides” and you’ll find an archive of previous issues.
Stated in a single sentence, this is the purpose of this morning’s sermon.
To consider the value of someone who lives like a mother to another with prayer.
These Scriptures form some of the foundation of this sermon.
• For this child I prayed; and the Lord has granted me the petition that I made to him. (1 Samuel 1.27 NRSV)
• The Eternal stays close to those who call on Him, those who pray sincerely. (Psalm 145.18 The Voice)
• When you pray, don’t pour out a flood of empty words … They think that by saying many words they’ll be heard. (Matthew 6.7 CEB)
• … as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day. (Luke 2.37 NRSV)
• … they don’t know what you are saying? You may offer a beautiful prayer of thanksgiving, but the other person is not being built up. (1 Corinthians 14.16b-17 CEB)
• … pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. (Ephesians 6.18 NIV)
Use one of the following icebreaker questions to prime the pump, to help the conversation begin. Choose one to discuss.
1. Have you ever met and conversed with a famous someone? Who? What did you say?
2. Tell us the first word that snaps to your mind when you hear the word “prayer.”
These exercises/questions are meant to help us grapple with the Scripture(s) related to this sermon.
1. Read Lk. 2.33-40. What is the point and significance of this story of a praying widow?
2. What might Paul mean when he says “pray in the Spirit” in Eph. 6.18?
These questions assist our sharing what we sense God’s Spirit is doing with us in our encounter with God’s word.
1. As knowing and powerful as God is, why would he tell us to pray? To benefit who?
2. How are private prayers and public prayers different (aside from matters of privacy)?
3. What Scriptures can you recall that speak directly to the fact that prayer truly matters?
4. A friend tells you: “Why pray, anyway? What will be, will be.” How do you respond?
5. Complete this sentence: “Without the prayers of others for me I would be ________.”
These ideas/suggestions are for your use beyond the group meeting; to aid in living out today’s message in the coming days.
1. Assess your overall spiritual health/well-being in light of your prayer habits/practice.
2. Select someone you’ll pray for daily this week whom you’ve not prayed for regularly.