Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on November 12, 2017:
- SUNDAY: John 6:22-71,
- MONDAY: John 8:12-59,
- TUESDAY: John 10:1-10,
- WEDNESDAY: John 10:11-18,
- THURSDAY: John 11:1-44,
- FRIDAY: John 14:1-14,
- SATURDAY: John 15:1-16:15,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: Praying with Eyes Wide Open Sermon Title: Praying with Lives Wide Open
Delivered On: November 5, 2017
Pray continually. ([bible]1 Thessalonians 5:17[/bible])
Pray the “Lord’s Prayer” each day this week ([bible]Matthew 6:9-13[/bible]). Often we pray this as if it is just for us. Notice that Jesus teaches us to pray “us” and “we.” Pray for the people around you to have the daily bread they need, to call out to Jesus for forgiveness, to win the battle over temptation, and to be victorious over the enemy.
Lots of Prayer Seek to pray with a different Christian each day of the coming week. Look for opportunities, and when the time seems right, simply ask, “Can we spend a few minutes praying together?” You will grow in prayer, God will be lifted up, and others will be inspired to pray more!
Small Group Discussion
Tell about a time you were going through the normal flow of life and you found yourself praying for someone because God placed that person on your heart and in your mind.
How might our lives become richer and fuller if we would begin praying for people all through the day as we encounter them, think of them, or have the Holy Spirit place them on our heart?
Watch: Session Four Video. Read: Ephesians 6:18-20 What does each of the “all” exhortations in verse 18 teach us about prayer? How can you increase your prayer life by following each of these three challenges?
Where is a place you can prayer walk in the coming week and what will you pray as you are walking in this specific location?
If you have received a text, email, or written prayer from someone, tell about how this kind of prayer made you feel and how it impacted you. Without using a name, tell about a person in your life who would be encouraged by receiving a text-prayer. (Note: You might want to stop right now as a group and have each person send a short text-prayer to someone who needs to know God is watching over them.)
Who is a person you love that is not yet a follower of Jesus? When would be a good time for you to pray for this person for one minute each day? Take a moment right now and add them to your phone as a reminder every day at the same time. When your alarm goes off at this time, pray for them with your heart and life wide open!
What are some situations you face on a consistent basis when you should begin lifting up short, silent, and powerful “Help Me” prayers to God with your eyes wide open?
What are one or two places you drive past on a regular basis that you should begin lifting up with “drive-by” prayers? What are some of the ways you can pray in these moments? (Be extra sure to keep your eyes open!)
What is a situation you are fairly confident you will face in the coming week when you could ask someone if you can pray with them? What topic will you pray about in this moment?
What is one Scripture you want to use in the coming week to guide you in prayer? How will this passage from the Bible help guide you to a deep place of prayer?
Imagine a day where you would be lifting up many different kinds of prayers in a variety of situations with eyes open and closed. How could these prayers impact your day, other people, and the heart of God?
Your Prayer Journey: Take time as a group, and also through your week, to pray using one or more of the “Your Prayer Journey” suggestions from chapters thirteen through sixteen in the book, Praying with Eyes Wide Open. (Pages 179, 191, 206, and 217)