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Welcome to the prayer course

Session 3

In this session we’ll unpack the significance of asking God in prayer.

We suggest you watch the video BEFORE your group meeting so you can use the time you are meeting to discuss it and pray together.

“Give us this day our daily bread”

Matthew 6:11

Bible passages 

Matthew 7:7-11,
Matthew 18:19 


Summary points

  • The Father loves to give good gifts.
  • Traffic lights: Yes, Wait, No.
  • Sometimes we need to “stack dominoes” and persevere in prayer

Discussion

Q. What did you find most helpful or most challenging in the video? 

“Although God knows our need, he does still want us to articulate it to him” 

Q. Poppy pointed out that it’s often easier to believe God can change things in our hearts rather than believing in things can see in the world. Do you agree? 

Q. How often do you ask God for what you want as well as what you need? 

Pete uses the traffic light analogy to describe different ways God responds to our prayers: 
Green: Yes 
Amber: Wait / Persevere 
Red: No 

Q. Are you experiencing a “green”, “amber” or “red” response to any specific prayers at the moment? Share your experiences together. 


Time to pray:

Pray incrementally: Pray for a specific next step, rather than jumping to the top of the staircase
Pray the promises of God: Is there a specific promise that relates to the situation? 


More Resources

you can find more resources to help you, including the following, on the dedicated course website.

  • Palms up, Palms down
  • How to Maintain a Prayer List
  • How to Pray the Promises of God