Prayer – Talking to a God you cannot see.
How much do you pray? Have you ever had an answered prayer?
Have you ever had an unanswered prayer? What did you make of that?
A look at the Bible
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said, "In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself. ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her complaining!’"
Luke 18:1-5 in the Bible
Do you think God is unwilling to help us, like the Judge was? What then is Jesus trying to say?
Jesus is, firstly, saying that we should persevere in prayer like the widow did. Secondly, he is also saying we should do so with confidence, because God is NOT like that judge. God is happy to answer - if we are willing to pray with a bold and persevering attitude.
Some people struggle to pray because they don't think God cares enough to answer. What causes us to think this way?
What would restore your confidence to pray, if you've lost it?
Think of some real needs in your life, and pray briefly for them together. One sentence prayers are fine. (Why not try, and see what God does?)
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What encouraged you from that story?
At what point did Aaron begin to feel that things changed for him?
Do you believe God could do the same for you? Why? / Why not?
Thanks that you hear all my prayers, and answer them in the best way possible, with everything considered. Please help prayer to become a natural part of my life.
Today, I’d like to ask you to help… (pray briefly for someone you know with a real need).
Please help me also to… (pray for yourself for one thing you’d like God’s help with).
Thank you for hearing my prayers!
In Jesus' name I pray