Teach us to pray –
Wanting something and not being able to get it can end up being either mildly irritating or bitterly disappointing –to the point of disruption in your life. However, sometimes what you think you want is not necessarily the best thing for you!
1. When you were a child, what happened when you didn’t get what you wanted? Has that changed since you’ve grown to adulthood?
2. If you have/had little ones in your life (nieces/nephews/children) and have had to say “no” to them, how did they react – AND how did you react to their reaction?
3. Have you seen examples of: “be careful what you wish for”? Share one.
BOOK – Luke 11:1-13
Jesus teaches us to pray.
1. What does this prayer mean to you?
2. Does this prayer help you pray other prayers? How?
3. What do you make of the discussion regarding persistence in prayer?
1. How can you let your prayers be guided by God’s will vs. your own wants and desires?
2. What happens when a prayer is answered, but not in the way you wanted – first off, do you even recognize the prayer was answered? Then, do you get mad at God? Blame Him? Have you ever praised him instead? If not, could you see yourself doing so? What do you think would happen if you did praise Him instead of getting upset?
3. How can your faith community (covenant group, small group, ministry team, congregation) help you in your prayers? How can you help others with their prayers?
Jesus was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples." He said to them, "When you pray, say: