Week 3 – SEEK: Power in Prayer – Petition
Sunday, January 22nd @ 4 pm or Wednesday, January 25th @ 7 pm
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.” Luke 11:9
SEEK: Power in Prayer – Petition
A prayer and reflection guide for individuals and Life Groups
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Luke 11:9
WATCH VIDEO: click here
- What did you find most helpful in the video?
- What questions did the video raise for you?
Traffic light questions
- Green – Has anyone received an answer to prayer this week/recently?
- Amber – What are the keys to persevering in prayer?
- Red – How do we know when God is saying “No” rather than “Wait’?
- Describe a time when God didn’t answer a prayer. Can you now understand why?
- Simply share your prayer needs, and even your prayer ‘wants’
- Before praying about them, ask what God’s will might be in this situation.
Are there promises in the Bible that relate to the prayer requests?
- Spend time praying for one another’s requests
Six Keys for Using a Prayer List:
- Try to use your list at the same time every day.
- Don’t worry if your prayers are sometimes very short (even one-liners) or repetitive.
- Sometimes you may not know what to pray, but you can simply think of the person and offer them to God in prayer.
- Try to pray specific, bite-sized prayers like, ‘Please give me a chance to show them your love today.’
- Some people may feature on your prayer list daily and others weekly.
- Review your list regularly and record encouragements.
You might like to adopt Pete Greig’s ‘prayer dice’ idea:
- Compile a short list of their biggest prayer requests
- Find biblical promises that relate to each request
- Memorize the list
- Buy a dice with the same number of sides as the number of prayer requests
Read: Mahesh Chavda, The Hidden Power of Prayer and Fasting
Read: Pete Greig, Red Moon Rising
Read: Floyd McClung, The Father Heart of God
Read: John 14:14, John 15:7 and John 16:23–24
Discuss: What does it mean to ‘pray in the name of Jesus’?
In Biblical times, a person’s name represented their personality, character, reputation and authority. It’s the same in business today where one’s reputation (we even call it our ‘good name’) counts for everything and companies spend millions protecting their ‘brand’.
When we pray to the Father ‘in Jesus’ name’ we are asking on behalf of his Son. God never promises to answer every prayer we utter (which is a great relief). The requests made in line with Jesus’ character and will are those which the Father guarantees to fulfill.
Example: The Ferrari Enzo is one of the most expensive cars in the world. Only 400 were ever made and they sell for more than a million dollars each. Imagine phoning your local Ferrari dealer and casually asking them to get one in for you to test-drive. They might not agree. But if you were calling on behalf of Bill Gates or a Saudi prince, they would do it. Names convey power and the name of Jesus is by far the greatest and most powerful.