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July 8, 2018, 11:00 AM

Questions - Asking

These questions relate to the sermon on 8 July 2018, Asking.  The primary scripture is Matthew 6:11-13.  This is the final in a series of sermons on prayer discipline based on the model prayer.  After praising and seeking God we are prepared to ask in his name.

1.  In the asking part of the model prayer what kinds of requests are made?

2.  How do these requests relate to contemporary needs?

3.  Which request has a condition?  Is this condition still valid?

4.  Should we always pray in the same order as the model prayer?

5.  Why is the asking part of the prayer the final part?

6.  What should we do if we pray out of order?  (It is a trick question....keep on praying.)

7.  Read Nehemiah's prayer in Nehemiah 1.  What components are similar to the model prayer?

8.  Read James 5:13-18.  Does our praying resemble James' instruction?


July 1, 2018, 4:34 PM

Questions - Seeking Prayer

These questions are meant to relate to the sermon from 1 July 2018, Seeking Prayer.  The primary scripture is Matthew 6:10.  The questions are designed for group discussion but may be helpful for personal reflection as well.  Those who are using these questions in a group are encouraged to review the questions prior to meeting.

1.  Review the setting of the model prayer; namely the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7.  What was Jesus teaching his early followers?

2.  What is the three-point outline presented in the sermons for the model prayer?

3.  What do these phrases mean, "your kingdom come, your will be done?"  Is this a proleptic prayer (anticipation of the future) or about today?  Both?

4.  Where is God's kingdom?

5.  How much of God's kingdom and do we want if we prayer this prayer?

6.  To seek God sincerely we have to get beyond our own will and desires and listen to him.  How do you do this?  Practically, what steps do you take?  There were four steps suggested in the sermon.  Be...

7.  Share scriptures with each other that help you get into the space where you are listening to God.

8.  What is meditating on God's word or character, and how do you do it?

9.  Have you had experience with the Holy Spirit guiding you how to pray?  Can you describe it?

10.  How might God shape us through seeking prayer?

June 24, 2018, 11:00 PM

Questions - Hallowed Praying

These questions relate to the sermon from 24 June 2018,  Hallowed Praying.  The primary text was two phrases from the model prayer, Matthew 6:9.

1.  How do you feel about your praying recently?

2.  What are the three points of the model prayer as presented in the last two sermons?

3.  What other tools or acronyms do you use to explain prayer?

4.  Do you read scripture to help you praise God?  If so, what parts do you like to read?

5.  How does scripture memorization help you speak God's praises in prayer?

6.  What does this phrase mean in Matthew 6:9, "...hallowed be your name..."?

7.  What in all this teaching about prayer will help you develop your prayer discipline?

8.  Practice praising God together.

June 17, 2018, 4:22 PM

Questions - Prayer Discipline

These questions are meant to relate to the sermon on 17 June 2018, Prayer Discipline.  The primary scripture is Matthew 6:5-15.  This is the beginning of a series of messages on spiritual disciplines, the disciplines that help us build the right kind of disciple character.

1.  Have you noticed the etymological connection between discipline and disciple?  Is a disciple one who is learning disciplines?

2.  Describe people, events, or tools that have helped you learn to pray.

3.  Do not pray like hypocrites or noisy pagans.  How do these instructions relate to contemporary life?

4.  If Jesus said "go to your closet to pray," is it good for us to pray in meetings?  Why or why not?  Can you think of any scripture to help with this question?

5.  If you were helping a new believer, how would you teach them to pray?

6.  How do you keep your prayer time fresh?

7.  How do you use scripture in your praying?

8.  Compare Matthew's version of the model prayer to Luke 11:1-4.

9.  Also read Luke 11:5-13.   According to this passage how would you describe God's attitude toward our prayer.

10.  What do we at LBC need to do in regard to praying, and how will we accomplish it?  (You are welcome to communicate ideas to the pastor.) 

June 10, 2018, 3:22 PM

Questions - Fruity Praying

These questions are meant to relate to the sermon presented on 10 June 2018, Fruity Praying.  The primary scripture is John 15:7.  This topic is in a series, and to some degree it relies on the previous lessons; however, the questions are hopefully useful for personal reflection and group discussion.

1.  What new ideas do you have in regard to producing spiritual fruit?  Maybe it would help to define "spiritual fruit" for yourself or as a group.

2.  If you have not read John 15 recently, please do so.

3.  Verse 7 is a conditional statement.  What are the conditions, and what is the promise?

4.  Read these related verses about praying:  John 14:13-14; John 15:16-17; John 16:23-24.  What does it mean to ask in Jesus' name?

5.  What elements of these sayings should affect how we pray?  What changes does your praying need?

6.  Did these promises mean something different to the apostles than they mean for Christians today?

7.  What is the primary purpose of prayer?

8.  Read 1 John 3:21-24; 1 John 5:14; James 4:1-3?  Do these writings change your understanding?  If so, how?

9.  Consider also: Psalm 37:3-6; Psalm 119:9-11.

10.  Share with the group any other scripture you enjoy related to bearing fruit and praying.

11.  Practice!

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