3 – Keep on Praying
Key Scripture: “Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.” – Romans 12:12
“It is a life at attention that I seek; a life in which prayer has woven itself into the very fabric of my days, a life in which prayer has become a constant, as regular as breathing out and breathing in.” – Robert Benson, Living Prayer
What is prayer?
“Prayer is simply keeping company with God.” – Clement of Alexandria
Why do we pray?
– Prayer is commanded by God.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
“Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done. Sing to him; yes, sing his praises. Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds. Exult in his holy name; rejoice, you who worship the Lord. Search for the Lord and for his strength; continually seek him. Remember the wonders he has performed, his miracles, and the rulings he has given.” – 1 Chronicles 16:8-12
– Prayer connects our hearts to the heart of God.
“Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” – Romans 8:26
“We must pray not first of all because it feels good or helps but because God loves us and wants our attention.” – Henri Nouwen, The Road to Daybreak
“Prayer is where the action is.” – John Wesley
– Prayer is what helps us in times of trouble.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:4-7
How do we pray?
“‘This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’'” – Matthew 6: 9-13
“We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light.” – Colossians 1:11-12
1) Did anything that Andie shared tonight make you think differently about prayer?
2) Is prayer something that comes naturally to you or is it something you find difficult/challenging? How so?
3) What marks your prayer life (petitions, adoration, gratitude, etc)? How different would your life be if it was marked more by thanksgiving and gratitude and less by petitions/requests?
4) How can you apply this principle of Praying continuously to your life this week?