The Lord's Prayer - Part 1: Prayer Posture

June 02, 2024
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BOTTOM LINE: Prayer begins with a posture, not with words.  

What is prayer?

Communication between humans and God.

Luke 11:1 NLT
Once Jesus was in a certain place praying. As he finished, one of his disciples came to him and said, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”

1. Acknowledging who is in control.

2. Acknowledging I don't know what to say.

3. Acknowledging that I am not alone and I am not the first.

4. Acknowledging that I need to listen more than talk.


When was someone's "posture" toward a conversation with you what kept the words they said from being effective? Why did their approach keep you from hearing (or believing) the words that they were saying?

When was your "posture" toward a conversation what kept the words you said from being effective? What were the assumptions you had that ended up being incorrect? What changed (or would have changed) if your posture had been different?  

Why do you think the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray? Do you think he hadn't been teaching them? Had they not been paying attention? Was it not sinking in? Look through the first 10 chapters of Luke and see what might help you answer this.
Do you feel like you know how to pray? Why or why not?

What has been your posture toward prayer in the past?

When you pray, do you do more talking or listening? Why is the listening part so hard? What can we do to become better listeners when we pray? How do you know when God is speaking or answering?

Read the following verses about prayer. After reading each one, discuss and consider what it teaches about the posture of prayer and how the posture we have toward prayer will impact the instruction each verse gives.

Psalm 145:18
Romans 8:26
Jeremiah 29:12-13
Philippians 4:6-7
Hebrews 4:16
What did this message and conversation stir in you regarding prayer? What do you sense the Spirit telling you needs to be different regarding your posture toward prayer? What will you do differently this week?

What can you do this week to better hear from and listen to the Spirit when you pray?

How does this understanding about the posture needed for prayer help you prepare to have spiritual conversations with people who are far from God and may struggle with the idea of talking to Him? If someone asked you how to pray, how could you answer them by telling them your own story and experience with prayer?

If Jesus walked up to you right now and you could ask him anything, what would it be? Each person in the microchurch answer that question as honestly as you can.

Then take a moment to pray together for each person and for what they shared! Because Jesus is HERE! Pray for each person in the microchurch to become people of prayer. Ask God to teach each of us how to pray and how to hear from Him each and every day.

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  - Who did you have a conversation with that took a spiritual/missional turn this week?
  - What questions did you ask to discover where God is at work in their life, even if they are not aware?
  - How were you able to share your story of life change or how you have experienced Jesus?
  - How can you be intentional this week with people where you live, work, and play to have spiritual/missional conversations if the opportunity arises?
  - Who in your life do you think could be disciple-able or open to spiritual/missional conversations?


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  - Discuss the next step for your micro church. When will we gather again, and which purpose will it fulfill (missions, fellowship/care, growth, worship, multiplication)?


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