TiO 15 – Grit – The Centred Life (Week 5)
The Main Idea
What allowed Paul to be calm and confident in the face of extreme danger while at sea in Acts? What allowed him to be confident when he evangelized both Jews and Greeks? He was not a prayer warrior in the way that we would envision such a person: no where in the New Testament does it talk about Paul spending large blocks of time in prayer nor do we see great prayers of Paul written down in his writings. Paul’s life, however, was characterized as one centred in prayer, and this came out in this ideas and his actions.
Warm Up Questions: (Choose 1 or 2)
Q1: In what ways do you or the people around you use the word, or the idea of, centre? Eg., “City Centre”.
Q2: Wheels are an example of something with a centre. In what way would our society be changed if we removed all wheels and other objects consisting of round exterior rotating around a central axis?
Q3: What kinds of things do you do by habit, without much thought?
Read the main passage together: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.
16Rejoice always, 17pray without ceasing, 18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Todd gave us some practical ways to incorporate habitual (chronic) prayer into our lives. He said, “Pray while walking, while exercising, while driving, while waiting.”
If prayer, and the value that it brings to our lives and our relationship with God is to be effective, it must be regular. What we need is to become chronic or habitual prayers. And any habit requires some discipline. It is like exercise, you do not need to run a marathon every day for it to be effective, you just need to find a time and a mode that works for you. Then, you do it.
Q1: Do you pray regularly? If not, what prevents you?
Q2: How can you, and will you, work prayer into the everyday parts of life?
We’d encourage all groups to pray together at some point in their meeting. This affirms that regardless of the purpose of the group, God is still the focus.