Going Deeper With The Sermon

Speaker: Rev. Dr. Marnie Crumpler
Date: February 26, 2017
Text: Devoted: Praying Together

 

 

SCRIPTURE VERSES

And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.

35 And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. 36 And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, 37 and they found him and said to him, "Everyone is looking for you." 38 And he said to them, "Let us go on to the next towns that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out." 39 And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.     
                                                                                                   Mark 1:34-39                                                                

Q. What is Prayer?

A. Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God, for things agreeable to his will, in the name of Christ, with confession of sin, and thankful acknowledgment of all his mercies.

Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q/A. 93

REFLECTION QUESTIONS

A. Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God, for things agreeable to his will, in the name of Christ, with confession of sin, and thankful acknowledgment of all his mercies.

Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q/A. 93

1. Jesus pattern of prayer is outlined in 1:35. When and where did Jesus pray?

2. When and where do you pray? Do you have a regular habit of prayer like Jesus? If not, take a few minutes to write out when, where, and how you will pray.

3. We are told that Jesus prayed in "desolate places." Read 1 Corinthians 10:1-11 and Hebrews 12:12, 13. Is there a connection between Jesus praying in the "desolate places" and the Christian life? If there is, what does that suggest about the nature of Christian discipleship in a fallen world?

4.  The disciples search for Jesus and, upon finding him, reproach him for his absence. How does Jesus reply? What does Jesus' response tell you about his purpose and the role of prayer in his life?

5.  Read Luke 19:10. What is Jesus' mission? How does prayer connect with that mission? Reflect on your mission (see Acts 1:8 and Matthew 28:16-20). How does prayer connect with our mission?

PRAYER

Lord our God, we come into your presence. Hear our prayers, we entreat you. Let your will be done among us; let your will be done for each one of us individually, and for our time. Let everything go according to your will, even if the way leads through tribulation, fear, and need. For in the end your goal will be reached. In the end you will fulfill your purpose, and your kingdom will come. Your kingdom will come to the honor of your name and for the redemption of all people still suffering on earth. Let your Word bring us blessing. May we go forward joyfully in the patience of Jesus Christ until times change, until a new day dawns and we are allowed to see your glory and your peace. Amen.