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Community Group Questions | Praying the Ordinary | Nov 5, 2017

"Praying the Ordinary"
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. 

James 5:13 states, "Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise."

  1. Do you pray at all times or on all types of occasions? When is it most difficult for you to pray?
     
  2. If you want to make prayer a priority, what changes will you need to make? In your daily routine? In your thinking?  In the ways you pray?
     
  3. James is concerned with half-hearted devotion to God and the inconsistencies it brings into our lives. What areas of your life is God not a part of (or only a small part of)? What will it look like to walk with God throughout the whole of your day?
     
  4. In 2 Chronicles 20:12 Jehoshaphat prays, “O our God, will you not execute judgment on them? For we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”  Memorize this verse, meditate on it, and bring it to mind whenever you face any challenges in the upcoming weeks.
     
  5. In Romans 5:11 Paul writes, “we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” Since Jesus reconciles us to God, how can prayer (“keeping company with God”) become a more regular part of your relationship with God? If what Jesus has done is so hopeful for us, how can rejoicing become a more ordinary part of your life (beyond happiness that depends on circumstances)?

Prayer (Allow 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 (Nov 27), 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.