Session 5: Why and How We Pray
- When we speak to God we make him very happy. He loves it when we pray to him. 11 (See 1 Timothy 2:3.) Does this statement surprise you? How does it affect our prayers if we believe this truth?
- "Hallowed" means 11honored as holy.11 How can we come to God informally but not "casually" being "real" with him but not irreverent?
- God is our Father, but his name must be hallowed. How can prayers in church express both of these aspects of our relationship with God?
- We are to pray for people to become Christians and for the gospel to grow. How can this be done sensitively in a meeting where non-believers are present?
- God's perfect will is always what's best for individuals, families, the church, our nation and the world. How can we reflect that positively in how we pray?
- Our prayers can often be dominated by specific requests for things we want. How will understanding the difference between "wants" and "needs" help us to get a better balance in our prayers?
- As well as confessing our sins together and thanking God for forgiveness, how can we encourage each other to be forgiving to those who sin against us?
- It's striking that, straight after asking for forgiveness, Jesus tells us to ask God to protect us from falling into further sin. How can we include this pattern in our prayers for one another, and for ourselves?
- How do you think your church's prayer life matches up to the breadth and depth of the gospel-shaped prayer we have seen in this session?