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When You Pray | week 5:  It's Not About Me

Prayers is ultimately about God. We recognize him for who he is, submit ourselves to his will and present our petitions to him. Prayer begins with and ends with God. It only stands to reason then that the more we grasp who God is, the more our prayer is shaped and focused accordingly. God reveals himself through his Word and when we study it, we experience the real God rather than one who is made in our own image. Tim Keller, in his book on prayer, writes, “Without immersion in God’s words, our prayers may not be merely limited and shallow but also untethered from reality.” The Bible is the blueprint for living an abundant life in Jesus. It becomes a prism through which every thought, desire and instinct must be viewed. God, through his Holy Spirit, certainly guides our thoughts and prompts us to be wise in our choices, however, as Keller reminds us, “we cannot be sure he is speaking to us unless we read it in the scripture”.

 

READ John 17:15-18

My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.

READ this passage again and consider these related questions.

What kind of challenges should we expect to face as we are sent out into the world?

 

How does God’s Word set us apart (sanctify us)? 

 

How does studying the Bible help us to become better at praying?

 

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

Read Matthew 6:13

 

1. How do we know when it is God that is leading us verses our own flesh or even the devil?

 

2. On a daily basis, in what ways is your faith tested?

 

Read 2 Peter 1:3-11

 

3. According to this passage, how does God equip us and where does he lead us?

 

4. Discuss what vv. 5-9 suggest that we should do when equipped with these “great and precious promises.”

 

5. What it the link between your knowledge of Jesus (v.8) and escaping the “corruption in this world” (v.4)?

 

Read Matthew 26:41

 

6.  What is necessary in order for our spirit to control our flesh rather than the opposite?