In Luke 24 we read the story of a resurrected Jesus walking with two guys who were unsure about Him. Jesus is patient with doubt. He asks them questions and slowly points to the truth in Scripture. They asked Him, the “living truth”, to sit down with them and eat. That is when their eyes were open.
Here’s some source material, for CBCB Life Group Leaders, to consider when discussing this coming Sunday’s “Have a Seat” Part 5:
(Please keep in mind that this raw source material. Please prayerfully consider what discussion questions to lead your group with. The Scriptures listed here should prove very helpful. Thanks for serving people! You’re reflecting Jesus and working on something that lasts!)
Having a conversation with God can be the most life giving thing that you can do.
You may start out in conversational prayer, but you will want to grow. The disciples ask, “Lord, teach us to pray.”
The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus provide us access to God. When He walked the earth He knew that we would need help in how we talk to God. His friends asked Him for help. He responded with a tool, a help, that we now call “The Lord’s Prayer” found in Luke 11.
Luke 11 “Lord’s Prayer” gives us a pattern for prayer:
- Praise – prayer that lifts up God and describes Him
- Intercession – prayer that asks for Kingdom of God in our world
- Submission – prayer that puts His will above ours every day
- Daily request – prayer that recognizes Him as our daily source, making request
- Repentance – prayer that confesses sin, asking for grace and mercy
- Forgiveness – prayer that asks for help in forgiving others
- Protection – prayer that asks for help in avoiding temptation
- Deliverance – prayer that asks for protection from evil
- Priorities – prayer that declares “It’s not about me. It’s all about You God!”
Prayer is a life line. There is power in the connection. We define strength by who can hold their breath the longest. What if we defined it by who grabbed an air line the quickest?
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” all kinds Ephesians 6:18
Types of prayer:
- Conversation – constant running dialogue (much of first 20 Psalms)
- Repent – confess and turn away from your own sin Psalm 51
- Devotional – daily with pattern , “Lord’s Prayer” Luke 11, Prayer of Jabez, Psalms
- Make Him Big – talking through all the ways He’s good Psalm 8,9,18
- Pray the Bible – using verses to communicate
- Remote Request – asking for others: intercession Acts 12:5-7 Peter jail release
- Healing – “face to face” with touch “laying on hands” Luke 13:10-13
- Community Change – ask God for change you want: Luke 13:34-35
Here’s a few quotes from one of my favorite authors on prayer
- Private place and plenty of time are the life of prayer.
- Prayer is not learned in a classroom but in the closet.
- Prayer is the greatest of all forces, because it honors God and brings him into active aid.
- Too often we get faint-hearted and quit praying at the point where we ought to begin.
- We can do nothing without prayer.
Growing in prayer is like developing a spiritual muscle. It may not be easy. Living your life “open” with your spiritual community is a great way to make it easier. They can help you grow!
- The church is a great place to connect with God.
- The church is a great place to connect with people.
The first church’s consistent prayers worked in a particularly potent way and were the foundation for the witnessing and supernatural power that followed them. That power was dynamic because behind it all, there was a prevailing prayer, conquering prayer, and prayer that got heaven’s attention. We can determine the extent of our reach and impact in our communities and cities. The power to build the Kingdom and expand the church is in our hands through prayer. That is why prayer is so critical to success. – Frank Damazio
Ps 27:8 Isa 37:14 Isa 40:4 Matt 18:19 Matt 21:13 Acts 1:13-14 Acts 3:1 Rom 8:26-27
Here’s some things that we are praying through:
- People would have a personal encounter with Jesus (at each CBCB gathering).
- Every time we gather, Jesus would be expanded in our view.
- Not-yet-believers that we are building relationships with would come to repentance.
- Each of us would meet new people and grow new relationships.
- Sundays & LG would grow in attendance supernaturally and through “God ideas” for us.
- More people would find life giving relationships in CBCB.
- MIRACLES – more people finding the salvation and healing power of Jesus!
- Each CBCB attender would grow in their faith walk.
- People who feel stuck in their growth would experience freedom through Jesus & help from others.
- Every time we gather, each believer would find something to help their growth.
- Each of us would find ways to help others within CBCB grow spiritually.
- That God would help us grow the number of Life Groups, with specific purpose.
- We would see and regularly celebrate spiritual growth in each CBCB member.
- 2013 would be a year where CBCB members THRIVE in their lives, marriages, influence, jobs!
- Each CBCB attender would learn to live like Jesus and share His love, sharing their resources.
- Courageous Generosity would exceed our expected giving amount and be a blessing to others.
- Every Life Group would find new and creative ways to share God’s love with expanded groups of people.
- The growing Dream Team would constantly share life and reproduce such leadership in others.
- Our efforts in Baltimore City, some through non-profits, would be guided by God & fruitful.
- CBCB members would be inspired and equipped to share their faith with others.
- 2013 would be a year of increased Jesus influence from us to others!
- Prayer Matters! Let’s Do This!