TiO 15 – Alpha – What is Prayer?

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The Main Idea

Prayer is not an add-on to our journey with Jesus. It is not something we are to do just when we are sad or scared or in trouble. It is the core of our relationship with God which, like any relationship, requires work in order to maintain. Prayer is the centre of our communication with God.

Warm Up Questions: (Choose 1 or 2)

Q1: As a child, when you wanted something, would you talk with your Mom or your Dad?

Q2: What is your approach to asking people that you know for things that you need?

Q3: Have you ever had an experience, like Mark did, where your greatest fear was revealed against your will?

The Word

Read the scripture aloud: Luke 22:39-42  

He came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him. When he reached the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not come into the time of trial.” Then he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done.”

Q1: From this passage, what do you understand about Jesus and the role of prayer in his life?

As he concluded his sermon, Mark spoke of two things about prayer: first, that prayer is, for us, a habit that we should cultivate in order to intentionally foster a relationship with God; and second, that prayer is an everyday thing we do, not just for today but to prepare us for the unknown that is coming. Sadly, many of us treat prayer like flossing our teeth: we do it only when we are preparing for a meeting with someone who will ask us about it or when we are really nervous about the state of our (spiritual) health.

Q1: How do you pray? What works the best for you?

Q2: When do you pray? That is, what time during the day and how frequently?

Q3: What steps can/will you take to improve the quality of your prayer life, your conduit to God.

Pray together that God would give you the desire and opportunities to pray more and better.

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