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Prayer: Heavenly Power

Jul 31, 2016

Preacher: Jim Demolar

Series: Ephesians









“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying.”




Prayer: Heavenly Power

Ephesians 6:18-24


1.       From the message on this passage, what gets you attention, challenges or confuses you?  These “hot” issues are worth bringing up now and might fit into the discussion as your group starts.


2.       Faith and prayer are team sports.  Each of our spiritual lives is never meant to be a solo sport, but to be lived out under the direction of God and within the community of others.  From the following passages how does your faith and prayer life blossom when others are included?

1 Thessalonians 5:11


James 5:16


Ecclesiastes 4:9-12


Proverbs 27:17


3.       There are several noteworthy examples in the Bible of people praying way beyond their own needs.  One of them is Nehemiah whose long and short prayers are recorded.  He is what we call a layman and a gifted administrator.  His prayer reveals his heart and leads him into a new career still as a layman.  Read his prayer below as he discovers the state of his countryman still in Jerusalem.  Then work on the questions afterwards to reflect and develop your own prayers.

Nehemiah 1:1-10


What is Nehemiah’s response to the news about his countryman?



                What are some of the features of Nehemiah’s relationship and communications with God?


In verse 5 how does Nehemiah approach God?  What is it about His nature that connects with the rest of his prayer?


Why are verses 6 and 7 important both historically and spiritually?  What is it about confession that is so difficult for so many?


Verses 8 and 9 are in quotes, meaning Nehemiah is repeating words God has already spoken.  How does remembering parts of God’s word affect how we pray?  What promise of God is Nehemiah reciting and why is he doing this in his prayer?



4.       Now read Nehemiah 2:1-8 asking how his prayer developed into action.  Notice the crisis, the conversation, the one sentence prayer and the plan.  Always remember that prayer is a dangerous thing to do as God’s answer to your prayer is often your risky involvement.  Who gets the honor for the results?  Who gets the responsibility?

Nehemiah 2:1-8


5.       Who are you praying for right now and what are you willing to do to be part of God’s answer?