John 15:5,7 — “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing…If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”
In addition to spending time in His Word, we must also spend regular, consistent time in 2-way communication with God. Please watch the video below and discuss the questions and application that follow. Additional resources are listed at the bottom to help you grow in this irreplaceable discipline.
1. What kind of things do you do that help with creativity in prayer?
2. What do you see is the primary purpose of prayer?
3. Do you give thanks to God to begin your prayer time? If so, what does that do for your time with the Lord?
4. Do you currently set a consistent time in prayer with the Lord? If so, what does this look like for you?
5. What are the things that make it hard to consistently spend time with God in prayer? What are the ways that have helped you get back on track in time with God in prayer?
6. What differences do you notice in your life when you are doing better/worse in time with God in prayer?
Application for the group (for a different meeting time):
Spend the first 30 minutes of your group time in prayer individually. Do not spend the time asking God for things or praying for others; rather, spend the time simply being with Him, both listening and communicating. Ask Him to show you something about Himself. Write down what you hear, no matter what it may be. Come back together as a group and discuss your experience, both the good parts and the hard parts.
Experiencing God (Henry Blackaby, Richard Blackaby, Claude King)
Hearing God’s Voice (Henry Blackaby, Richard Blackaby)
Why Do We Pray? (Stan Gale): also see Study Guide, Leader’s Guide, and Prayer Training Module
Hearing God (Peter Lord)
Hearing God (Dallas Willard)
Can you Hear me? Tuning in to the God Who Speaks (Brad Jersak)
Perfect Present: Finding God in the Now (Gregory Boyd)