Prayer

Matt Stone
September 16, 2018

Prayer

Scripture is the most concrete source of spiritual food for us, but prayer may be the most central source of nourishment.  We’re not born knowing how to pray, so be free of the burdensome expectation that you should be able to sit down and pray for 4 hours.  Prayer in it’s most basic sense is direct communication with God. What we forget is that good communication has to be two-way. It has to be as much about listening as it is sharing. The deepening of any relationship begins with clear, honest, two-way communication.

One key benefit of prayer is that you put yourself in a place to receive the gift of God’s grace.  This is the broader purpose of all disciplines, and the specific purpose of prayer: it puts us in contact with the Giver of Grace in such a way that our hearts and wills begin to be transformed.  It starts with the small and gradually grows larger in effect.  Don’t’ begin with expectations of moving mountains; begin with expecting to listen, hear and be transformed.

Questions for discussion:

· What do you think was the main point of Matt’s message?

· Do you think prayer should be a priority in our lives? Why or why not?

· Why do you think people are reluctant to pray or to pray regularly?

· What can we do to make prayer a more vital part of our regular routine?

Do something about it:

We’re not born knowing how to pray, so be free of the burdensome expectation that you should be able to sit down and pray for 4 hours.  Start with 4 minutes.  Put yourself in a place to receive the gift of God’s grace. Remember that prayer is “communication.” Good communication has to be two-way, so consider setting aside time to just be quiet and listen to what God has to say to you.

Digging deeper:

Daniel 9:1-9; 2 Corinthians 3:6