Series: Finding Hope
Title: Part 4 - Prayer
Date: May 13/14, 2017
Speaker: Peter Barber
Sometimes our circumstances leave us feeling hopeless about the future. While it might seem most natural to pray for deliverance, what if we prayed instead for greater dependence on God to carry us through these circumstances?
Passage: Acts 4
1. When you are misunderstood, what do you usually do to clear things up?
2. Read Acts 4:1-12. In our society, when should Christian leaders stand up to political and/or religious groups?
3. Read Acts 4:24-28. What stands out to you about the disciples’ prayer?
4. In times of trouble, do you respond more like the Sanhedrin (trying to figure out for yourself what to do), or like the disciples (coming to God in sincere prayer)?
5. When we pray, why is it helpful to recall the way God has acted in the past?
6. When was the last time you were amazed by the power of prayer?
7. In his message Peter pointed out that the disciples - in the face of imminent persecution - prayed for greater dependence on God rather than relief from their circumstances. What blessing did the church experience as a result of this prayer? (Acts 4:32-35)
8. Peter said that in prayer “whenever our mouths speak, our hearts are eavesdropping.” How might your heart change with respect to the challenges you are facing if you were to pray for greater dependence on God?
● What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?
● What will help you remember it?
● Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?