Join The Battle in Prayer

Ephesians 6:18-24 | November 19th, 2017

Warm Up: Prayer is essential if we are going to be effective in the spiritual battles we find ourselves in. Why we pray and how we pray stem from our understanding of prayer. Pastor George used two analogies to describe how people understand prayer: an intercom or a two-way radio. Discuss this analogy and the importance of developing a prayer life that is more like a two-way radio. Share from your own experience. 

• Read Ephesians 18-24 aloud. Here, Paul ends his letter to the Ephesians by exhorting them to “pray at all times” and to pray for him. He understood the power of prayer, not only in daily life but in strenuous times of spiritual battle.

• How would you describe prayer to someone who had never heard of it before?

• Specifically, do you believe prayer to be “essential”? From your experience why is it particularly essential in the battle? 

• 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says we are to “pray without ceasing.” What does this look like? In what ways do you pray without ceasing?

• Read Luke 11:9-10. Jesus taught on prayer by describing an annoying person who would not stop knocking on their neighbor’s door for a place to stay. Because of their perseverance, the home owner let them in and gave what they were asking for —a place to stay.

• What are things that cause us to “give up” on our prayers?

• How does persevering in prayer grow us in our faith and help us fight effectively in the battle?

• In what ways have you seen God answer prayers that you have persevered in over a period of time?

• Pastor George shared a great way to remember how to pray, and what to pray, when we don’t know where to start. It was the acronym: A.C.T.S and it stands for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication (making requests)

• Of these four parts of prayer, which one is the easiest for you to remember, and incorporate into your prayer life? Why is it easy for you?

• Which one is the hardest for you to remember, and incorporate into you prayer life? Why is it hard for you?

 

Wrap Up: Collectively spend some time using the A.C.T.S. method of prayer. Adoration – Describe the goodness, grace, and glory of God. Confession - surrender yourselves to Him, His grace and confess any heart attitudes that are keeping you from him. Thanksgiving – exercise praise and gratitude for all God has done for you and blessed you with. (Giving thanks cures us of discontentment and drives away attitudes of the enemy!)Supplication – Ask God for His unlimited resources of heaven to bear on your needs tonight.