Learning on the Way
Think about Paul’s situation here and compare it to your own. Paul could have asked the Ephesian church to pray for his release. But he didn’t. He asked them to pray for something bigger than himself. The spread of the gospel. Would you pray the same as Paul?
If someone were to take a month-long assessment of your prayer life, would they say you were more dependent on yourself or more dependent on God?
How do you do at praying for others? How do you do at asking others to pray for you? Do you get lost in your mind when you pray? Why do you think it is so hard to pray consistently?
How do you think prayer unifies the local church? Do you think a lack of prayer can produce disunity in the local church? Why do you think that is? Are you courageous in prayer? Are your prayers bigger than yourself or do you tend to only focus on yourself? Do you pray only for what you think is possible or are you willing to pray for what seems impossible? How can we increase our faith to pray for things we think are impossible?
Are you willing to be known so people know how to pray for you? If not, what do you think is holding you back from being known? What can you share right now that would help your small group pray for you?