July 25, 2017
By Johnna Bain
Week Four: What a wonderful way to live! (Philippians 4:4-7)
When we make prayer a part of our daily lives, we enter into a realm that cannot be easily punctured by stress and pressure. A life that is lived in prayer is a life that God can continually speak to and through. Often people think of prayer as a special time when they kneel down, and it is obvious they are praying. While there will be those times, there is a way to pray throughout the day. When you make prayer a part of your entire day, things that come your way to destroy, tear down, or even distract you will not have a chance. The consistent conversation between you and God will be the most awesome filter to prevent the enemy from coming in like a flood. This week, we will look at the most wonderful way to live – prayerful!
Week Three: Decisions, Decisions (Proverbs 2:6; 3:5-6)
Have you ever had to make a difficult decision? Decision-making often is the very reason we pray. Is this the right job? Is the right spouse? Is this the right house? All these questions we find ourselves asking about the decisions we need to make. This week, we want to look at some practical questions that we need to ask ourselves when we are praying in order to make a decision. We all want to know what the will of our heavenly Father is in areas of our lives. Some decisions will affect our families, our health, our future, and we want to make guided choices that are wise and lead us closer to God.
Week Two: When God is Silent (Isaiah 64)
What do you do when God is silent? We all have been in seasons of life when we have prayed fervently and earnestly, and we needed to hear from God regarding a situation. However, when God does not answer, we often wonder have we been forsaken or have we been forgotten? This week, we will talk about how we deal with these times and seasons in life. We have to remind ourselves that often when it appears God is silent, it is not that He is silent, it is the fact that we may not want to hear what God is saying to us. Most of all, do we want to be obedient to his commands?
Week One: Effective Prayers (James 5:16)
We know that our prayers are meant to have power and produce results. It is never a “gimme game”; however, we know that when we pray allowing Jesus to be the one who initiates the conversation and directs it, we will have the results we expect to have. God will not always answer our prayers in the way we want, but we will experience transformation and empowerment as a result.
About the series
Prayer is one of the essential components of the Christian life. Jesus said that He came that we may have life and have it in abundance, but in order for us to experience that, we need to draw close to Jesus through prayer. Beyond simply saying a prescribed sequence of words, prayer involves truly opening our hearts to the presence of God and coming into direct contact with Him through the power of the Holy Spirit. In light of how important prayer is, why is developing a vibrant, transformational prayer life often so challenging?
Many of us lack a clear understanding of prayer: what it is, what it involves, and how we can use it. This four-week series is designed to help us come to a greater understanding of how prayer empowers us and guides us to a deeper relationship with God. He longs to give us the gift of Himself, imparted through the act of prayer. We hope you will join us as we learn together how to open ourselves to the power of prayer in our lives.