This week, we are going to talk about the necessity of prayer when expecting a miracle. Most of us were taught how to pray when we were young, by our parents or teachers. We were taught to memorize basic prayers, but most likely we weren’t taught much else. Right now, how is your prayer life? Read aloud Philippians 4:4-7: (4) Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! (5) Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near. (6) Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. (7) Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
What words or phrases pop out as you heard this reading? Why do they strike you?
Paul tells us to rejoice in the Lord always. Is that possible? Why or why not?
Read aloud verse 6. How much anxiety does Paul tell us we should have? Would you like to live your life in that way?
What is causing you anxiety or worry at the moment?
Read verse 6 again. What specifics does Paul give us about the cure for anxiety and worry?
Read aloud verse 7. What does this verse tell us about the results of prayer made with thanksgiving and that specifically makes our requests known to God?
This week, pray for a miracle in this way: without anxiety, but with thanksgiving and petition. What would a prayer that reflects the above teaching from Paul look like in your life?