As we continue to face changing expectations and uncertainty it is important that we continue to live out our faith as the local church. Since we are currently not meeting together to study, learn and grow, we must make this a priority as families.
Each week, you will find a new audio message, along with some corresponding Scripture readings that focus on the topic addressed in the message. You will also see a number of questions designed for you and your family to discuss together, or for you to use in personal reflection and assessment. Our desire is that your family will have an opportunity to engage together with God’s Word and examine the expectations expressed for His family.
We are discussing today the sixth of twelve simple steps that will guide us in fulfilling the church’s mission to become disciples who make disciples. In the first four weeks, we unpacked what it means to Connect with God and others. Today we will examine why it’s important to Grow spiritually in our individual lives, and one of the methods by which we do that – becoming/being a Prayer Warrior.
READ & DISCUSS
According to this passage, should we pray about everything? How does praying continually help us emotionally?
What should our attitude be when we present our requests to God? Why do you think that attitude is important?
What are the benefits of bringing every situation to God in prayer?
What is one way that the peace of God would benefit you this week?
How will you benefit from having your heart and mind guarded by Christ Jesus?
What would change in your life if you have God’s peace and your heart and mind are guarded on a regular basis?
This passage is the “Lord’s Prayer.” It is used by many as a guide for one’s prayer life. What do verses 9 and 10 tell us about God the Father and how we are to engage with Him in prayer?
What is it that we are to trust God for according to verse 11?
Verse 12 is an appeal to be forgiven by God, but it requires action on our part as well. What are some “debts” that you need to forgive on behalf of others? These could be financial, but are more often associated with something more personal, i.e. how they treated you or what they said about you, maybe even something they did to you.
We know that God does not tempt anyone to sin (James 1:13-15), but Jesus is teaching His disciples that God can deliver them from the temptations of Satan. Why do you think it is important to ask God for deliverance?
A prayer warrior is someone who constantly comes before the Lord with prayer. These prayers include adoration for God, confession of our sin, thanksgiving for what God has done and supplication, or requests, on behalf of ourselves and others. As a result, we have peace and a guarded hearts and minds.
The Bible has many passages about the purpose, value, power, results, benefits, importance and process for prayer. Let me encourage you to do a word search on prayer at biblegateway.com and read some of the other key passages on prayer.