Oct. 24, 2021
Abundant Prayer Life
Primary Text: Philippians 4:4-7 October 23 & 24, 2021
Previous Teaching: Abundant Financial Life
1 Timothy 5:8: If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
DQ 1) Identify many different ways in which God calls us to be responsible even though He promises to provide for us (see Matthew 6:28-34).
1 Corinthians 4:1-2 (NASB): Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. In this case, moreover, it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy.
DQ 2) What is stewardship? What are different areas in life where God entrusts stewardship to us?
3) Great Gain
1 Timothy 6:6-10: But godliness with contentment is great gain…. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.
DQ 3) Are you financially content? Why or Why not?
2 Corinthians 9:6-7: Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
DQ 4) Why is generosity essential to financial peace of mind?
This Week’s Teaching
1) Not For Show
Matthew 6:5-6: And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
DQ 1) Define prayer.
2) He Already Knows
Matthew 6:7-8: And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
DQ 2) Why pray if God already knows your needs?
Philippians 4:4-7: Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
DQ 3) When do you pray…how often?
4) Without Ceasing
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
DQ 4) How is it possible to pray without ceasing?
DQ 5) What is the foundation of prayer?