Goal:  To Have Everyone Pray Each Day – Preferably in the Morning

Jesus Prayed Before Engaging in Activity (Luke 5:15-16)

  1. The news about him spread. The crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”
  2. Jesus felt he had to stay connected to his Father over and above ministry. Jesus prayed because he wanted to be dependent/obedient to his Father. Jesus felt that activity before or w/o prayer would leave him disconnected from his Father.
  3. Jesus wanted his Father to influence his decisions. He said, “By myself I can do nothing; . . . . I seek not to please myself but him who sent me” (John 5:30).

Jesus Prayed Before Making Large Decisions

  1. “Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray. He spent the night praying. When morning came, he called his disciples together and chose twelve of them, whom he called Apostles” (Luke 6:12-13).
  2. Jesus wanted/felt the need to seek his Father’s will before choosing the Apostles.

Be Faithful in Prayer

  1. Paul said, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” (Rom 12:12)
  2. These two examples from the life of Jesus confirm the value/need for prayer.
  3. Prayer will:
    1. Draw us closer to Jesus
    2. Change us – Build Godly instincts in our minds and hearts which will:
      1. Help/show us how to relate and love people
      2. Increase the peace in our lives
      3. Help us make better decisions
      4. Be invaluable if we want to be transformed (Romans 12:2)
      5. Inspire us to share the Gospel
  4.  Our “old self” is opposed to prayer. So, discipline is critical. Willpower needed!
  5. Why in the Morning? Because our prayer will carryover into our day.

Discussion Questions

1. Why do you think Jesus often withdrew to pray before ministry or for large decisions?

  • Did Jesus need to pray? (See I. A. and II. A. from page 1)
  • What benefit do you think Jesus received when he went off to pray?

2. How is your prayer life right now?

  • When you wake up, what is the first thing you do?
  • How often do you slip into the demands of the day and miss prayer?
  • What kind of fruit is your prayer life producing?
    • Do you feel you are being transformed into Christ (Romans 12:2)
    • Are you more kind, loving, patient; more able to resist some sin area?
  • Can you make a promise to get your prayer time in each day? In the morning?

3. How can we help each other to make prayer a top priority?

  • Come up with some suggestions. (Examples below)
    • Small Group Accountability
    • Couples/Family Prayer
    • Read a chapter form Scripture each day
    • Use a chart to record your prayer each day
  • Try to be practical.

4. Give some examples – When was your prayer most powerful; anointed; blessed; fruitful; transforming; encouraging; inspirational; etc.?

5. Based on Luke 6:12-16, how can we improve our significant decision-making?

  • How many of us analyze the situation weigh the options, maybe consult a spouse, expert, or friend, then decide – but without prayer?
  • Are there any decisions you’re making now that you should bring to the Lord?
  • Where does it say in Scripture to “draw Straws” in making decisions?