Lenten Conversations: Prayer

Join us for Lenten Conversations, short interactions focused on how to experience Lent,
the 40-days leading up to Easter, to the fullest extent. In each conversation we explore a sermon topic from our Lent series and apply it to following Christ in the real world. Join us.

One of the reasons we pray is that we find ourselves in need, that we are beings that desire. We desire things. We desire outcomes. We desire relationships. There are things in our lives that we need, and it is very natural as children of our loving, heavenly Father to bring those desires to ask God to provide for our need. But prayer isn’t simply the offering up of our desires to God, it is the offering up of those desires in the name of Christ, and we are able to pray as Jesus prayed, “Abba Father…” –Rev. Jeff Gissing

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. Recount your past experiences of prayer. Are there any in particular that stand out to you? In what ways are those experiences unique? What was happening in your life? Where were you? Does this tell you anything about the nature of prayer?

2. Jesus tells us not to pray as a way of gaining the attention or respect of others? Is something that you’re tempted by? What are some ways in which you might respond to this temptation?

3. Jesus also tells us not to pray for the purpose of getting God to do what we want by using
repetitious phrases. s something that you’re tempted by? What are some ways in which you might respond to this temptation?

4. When you pray, do you experience the sort of intimacy implied by the Aramaic word, “Abba”? Ask God to deepen your experience of being “Abba’s child.”