GET ACQUAINTED: What is the most spectacular thing you’ve seen or witnessed?
SCRIPTURE: “All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.” (Acts 1:14 )
Open your time together with prayer. NOTE: This is only a guide! Feel free to select the points you want to discuss and adapt them to your needs.
OBSERVATION: The idea that power is inherent in prayer is a very popular one. According to the Bible, the power of prayer is, quite simply, the power of God, who hears and answers prayer. Consider the following:
- The Lord God Almighty can do all things; there is nothing impossible for Him (Luke 1:37 ).
- The Lord God Almighty invites His people to pray to Him. Prayer to God should be made persistently (Luke 18:1 ), with thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6 ), in faith (James 1:5 ), within the will of God (Matthew 6:10 ), for the glory of God (John 14:13-14), and from a heart right with God (James 5:16 ).
- The Lord God Almighty hears the prayers of His children. He commands us to pray, and He promises to listen when we do. “In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears” (Psalm 18:6 ).
- The Lord God Almighty answers prayer. “I call on you, O God, for you will answer me” (Psalm 17:6 ). “The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles” (Psalm 34:17 ).
Another popular idea is that the amount of faith we have determines whether or not God will answer our prayers. However, sometimes the Lord answers our prayers in spite of our own lack of faith. In Acts 12 , the church prays for Peter’s release from prison (v. 5), and God answers their prayer (vv. 7-11). Peter goes to the door of the prayer meeting and knocks, but those who are praying refuse at first to believe that it is really Peter. They prayed he would be released, but they failed to expect an answer to their prayers.
The power of prayer does not flow from us; it is not special words we say or the special way we say them or even how often we say them. The power of prayer is not based on a certain direction we face or a certain position of our bodies. The power of prayer does not come from the use of artifacts or icons or candles or beads.
The power of prayer comes from the omnipotent One who hears our prayers and answers them. Prayer places us in contact with Almighty God, and we should expect almighty results, whether or not He chooses to grant our petitions or deny our requests. Whatever the answer to our prayers, the God to whom we pray is the source of the power of prayer, and He can and will answer us, according to His perfect will and timing. – gotquestions.org
- What is prayer?
- Why bother praying?
- When are you most likely to pray?
- What are some hindrances to a powerful prayer life?
- What does it mean to pray without ceasing?
- Are there any conditions to answered prayer?
Personal Application and Commitment: Are you praying? Often, I have attended Life Group or a prayer meeting only to spend the majority of time talking about a prayer request and the situation behind it that we end up not having time to pray. Since the birth of Sierra Vista, we have encouraged our prayer teams and Life Groups to use the “say it and pray it” pattern. It’s where you say/share your prayer need and then a volunteer in the group immediately prays for it. We also encourage those requesting prayer to say it in as few words possible. This affords us time to pray. Let’s go back to the question I started with. “Are you praying?” Starting today, commit to make prayer a daily part of your
Prayer: Father, thank You for making a way for me to be able to communicate with You. I believe in prayer! Help me to make it a daily part of my life. Father, I confess that, too often, You are the last person I come to when I’m faced with problems or issues in my life. Help me to solidify the discipline of prayer in my life. Father, I acknowledge that a lack of prayer demonstrates a lack of faith and a lack of trust in You. Father, starting today I will pray to demonstrate my faith in You, that You will do as You have promised in Your Word and bless my life abundantly more than I could ask or hope for (Ephesians 3:20 ). Amen!