Discussion Guide: And He Answered Me

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Today’s Discussion

This week we begin our new series titled And He Answered Me. We will be looking at the topic of prayer. Prayer is something we see all through Scripture, and yet it is something that many people who call themselves Christians do not practice on a regular basis. Could it be that we have misunderstood what prayer is and what God has intended it to accomplish in our lives? Let’s find out as we discuss this together.

Discussion Questions

Have you ever had a powerfully deep and connecting conversation with someone? How did you feel after that conversation?

James 5:13-16

“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.”

What is prayer?

What would you say is the most difficult thing regarding prayer?

What would you say is the easiest thing regarding prayer?

Psalms 8:3-9

“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas. O Lord , our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”

How does prayer break us out of our own pride and self-centeredness?

How does prayer help us experience God’s grace more deeply?

Leader Notes


1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

“Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

What do you think Paul means here? How is it possible to pray without ceasing? 

Why do you think God wants us to spend time in prayer talking with Him?

Closing Thought

What, if anything, needs to change in order to strengthen your prayer-life?
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