July 27, 2009
Be sure you're prepared to help your group tackle this vital topic.
My three-year-old son says the same prayer every night before he goes to bed: "Thank you, God, as this day ends, for my family and my friends. Taking time to sit and pray, thank you, God, for this great day." He learned it from a Christian DVD he used to watch every day, and it stuck.
On the one hand, it's exciting that my son is already getting into the practice of regular communication with God. On the other hand, the danger exists that prayer is already becoming "just words" to him—just something he says every night before he goes to bed.
That tension is at the heart of the Christian experience with prayer. It's a huge and holy thing, but also an everyday thing. And that means it's a great topic for this week's group discussion. Let's dig in.
This discussion question listed in the study material could really get things going: "Have you ever heard a miraculous story and questioned its credibility?" That's sure to get some people talking, but be sure as the leader to make sure the conversation stays positive.
If you don't want to risk group members beginning to bash other people, you might want to just stick with a good icebreaker. (We recommended a couple in the recent Dot Com(unity) newsletter.)
I'm a big fan of all three teaching points this week, and I can't think of one that seems more important than the others. As you go through this study, what area do you think your group will be most interested in: prayer advancing God's glory, hearing God's voice, or testing what we hear?
posted by Sam O'Neal on July 27, 2009 5:45 AM