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Community Group Questions | Asking for Prayer | Nov 12, 2017

"Asking for Prayer"
Rev. Blake Altman, Lead Pastor

God intends to change you by His Word. How is He at work in you to do that?  Read the following passages and consider these questions. 

READ

James 5:13-15 (ESV):
[13] Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. [14] Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. [15] And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

QUESTIONS (20 minutes)

  1. How often do you pray for others? If you do, are you usually with them or do you pray for them privately on your own?

  2. When you have needs, do you make your requests known to other so they may pray for you? What needs have you had where you did not ask for prayer?  Why?

  3. If you are in a community group (at Trinity or elsewhere), do you share requests for prayer for deep needs (either with the whole group, or with a part of the group)? If you are not in a community group, whom do you speak with about the things going on in your life that would benefit from the prayers of others? How often are you with others who pray for you?

  4. “The prayer of faith will save the one who is sick” (v, 15).  This is not a promise that every illness will be healed, but how can it encourage you to pray with real trust and expectation?  If it will be truly answered in the resurrection, how can that encourage you while you are praying for help and not seeing change?

PRAYER (10-15 minutes) 

Consider getting each person to ask themselves, "How does Christ want to use me to touch the hurts in the world this week?" Give opportunity for each person to share.  This week Christ wants to use me to... People may also state their personal prayer requests. Close with prayer focusing on these visions for ministry.

Trinity’s ministry: As we approach the beginning of Advent (Dec 3), pray that God would use this time of longing for Jesus’ arrival for spiritual renewal in the lives of individuals at Trinity.  Pray also that God would use our focus on the “Light coming into the world” to draw non-Christians into a relationship with himself. Finally, pray that God would extend our vision through a successful Christmas Offering.