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Prayer - a small group study

Introduction

Prayer changes us. Prayer changes lives. Prayer changes history. It is a way to feel God’s heartbeat. Knowing who God really is makes us want to conform to Jesus Christ and his way of life. God slowly and graciously reveals himself to us while we pray, and it is during those moments that we can breathe in deeply his love.

What did James mean in James 4:3, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passion”?

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S. Albrecht
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Serenity

Joseph Tkach

Serenity

Jesus is our Intercessor even when we are so hurt that we wish God would just leave us alone.

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Joseph Tkach

Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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“GOD, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

It’s called the “Serenity Prayer.” You’ve probably seen it numerous times on a plaque or a refrigerator magnet. It’s actually part of a longer prayer written by the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr. It goes like this:

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A Lesson About Priorities (Mark 1:35-39)

 

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!”

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Praying for My Enemies

By Rick Shallenberger

A few weeks ago during a winter storm, there was an automobile accident on the freeway entrance ramp that I use almost every day. A local man lost control of his car on the ice and slid into the guardrail. He wasn’t hurt, so he decided to call his wife to tell her about the accident and let her know he was fine. Then, while he was inspecting the damage to his car, another driver slid on the same ice and hit him — killing him at the scene. I learned about the accident from my son, who works with the son of the man who was killed.

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Richard Frankel on Midnight Prayer

Richard Frankel

Richard Frankel on Midnight Prayer

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David Torrance: The Importance of Prayer in Pastoral Work

Rev. David Torrance

David Torrance: The Importance of Prayer in Pastoral Work

Rev. David Torrance shares some of the lessons he has learned about parish ministry.

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David Torrance

David Torrance served for 36 years in parish ministry in the Church of Scotland; he is the brother of theologians Thomas and James Torrance. He helped edit the English edition of Calvin's New Testament commentaries, and is a co-author of A Passion for Christ: Vision That Ignites Ministry. His website is at www.livebyfaith.org.uk. For a transcript of all five YI interviews, click here.

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Small group discussion guide

Discussion groups might wish to prepare their own topics, request topics from the group, use the following suggested topics, or mix and match all three.

Suggested topics:

1. Please cite some examples of how prayer has been crucial to your personal ministry.

2. Share your thoughts on, “Ministry is not like a normal job—we have to go with the Spirit.”

3. Reverend Torrance said that preaching and pastoral work go hand-in-hand. Please comment.

4. It was asserted that restricting the atonement to the death of Christ leads to legalism. How?

5. What did you think of, “We want the blessings of Christ rather than the person of Christ”?

6. The pastor identified salvation as being “in Christ.” What does this mean to you?

7. How do you understand the concept that it’s not our faith—we enter into Christ’s faith?

8. How can we explain the difference between universal reconciliation and universal salvation?

A few simple guidelines for leading a discussion: 1) Encourage open discussion. 2) Ask questions relevant to the topic. 3) Listen attentively. 4) Encourage divergent views. 5) Encourage everyone to participate. 6) Summarize and paraphrase. 7) Minimize teaching and preaching.

JMF: When you first became a pastor and then through the course of your ministry, what are some of the experiences that stand out? What kinds of things did you find that churches need, that individuals need, and what did you have to have, and be as a pastor, to serve in that day?

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"In Jesus' Name": Reflections on Why Our Prayers Matter

I’ve spent most of my life ending my prayers with, “In Jesus’ name, Amen.” It was what I was taught, and truth be told, I almost looked at it as a sort of magic formula. If I wanted God to hear me, I prayed “In Jesus’ name.” If I didn’t pray in his name, I couldn’t be sure God would honor my request.

After all, Jesus said, “Whatever you ask in my name I will do … ” (John 14:13). Somehow, though, I don’t think this is about merely saying the right words to end our prayers. I think it’s more about being in positive fellowship with Jesus.

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Prayer: Does it make any difference?

A discussion with Philip Yancey

Multi-award winning writer Philip Yancey has written books that have explored many of the mysteries and wonders of spiritual life. Christian Odyssey's Editor John Halford recently met with Yancey in London to discuss his latest book, Prayer: Does it make any difference?

Question: This new book on prayer seems different in tone to your previous ones. It seems more—well, pastoral. Am I right?

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Bumper Sticker Prayer

Joseph Tkach

Bumper Sticker Prayer

On the surface, it sounds good. But if we think about it, it’s misleading. It puts the focus on something we do, instead of what God does.

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Joseph Tkach

Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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You see a lot of interesting bumper stickers on American cars. It’s one of the ways people can make a public statement about things that matter to them. Bumper stickers can be clever, or cute, or even profound. Some of them are just for fun. But sometimes, like anything else, they can be misleading. Take for example the bumper sticker that tells us to Believe in the Power of Prayer.

On the surface, it sounds good.

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Prayer

Joseph Tkach

Prayer

Do you sometimes feel that your prayers go no farther than the ceiling? Do you wonder whether God is even listening?

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Do you sometimes feel that your prayers go no farther than the ceiling? Do you wonder whether God is even listening?

The truth is, God hears and treasures every word of your prayers, and he answers them all in his perfect wisdom and his perfect love for you.

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