Utmost Importance – Northwest Bible Church

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Utmost Importance

Ken Harrell

Senior Pastor

Key Scripture

James 5:16–18

Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.

Take Away / Application

How to have power in your prayer life.

Discussion Questions

Don’t be afraid to add to this list, skip questions that don’t work for your group or branch off with additional questions as the discussion unfolds. Conversation is key! This is the time to work through the application of scripture and have group members figure things out together.

  1. Prayer is simply talking to God or asking God. You can also be yourself during prayer. When it comes to prayer in your life, what’s easiest for you? What’s most difficult?
  2. When can or should you pray? Read Ephesians 6:18 and Philippians 4:6–7.
  3. You have direct access to God at any time. In addition to that, how else does Jesus instruct us to pray? Read Mathew 6:6.
  4. Is there a time in your day where you get away from the noise of life and get alone with God to pray? If not, plan that time out now and ask someone from your group to keep you accountable.
  5. Anyone who has believed in Jesus as Lord and Savior is “positionally righteous.” See 2 Corinthians 5:21. When we play with the world or dabble with sin, how does it affect our prayer life? Read Psalm 66:18 and Isaiah 59:2.
  6. In what ways do we overcomplicate prayer? In what ways do we underestimate the seriousness of prayer?
  7. Many times our prayer life solely consists of things for ourselves. Who can you be praying for? Commit to praying for someone else this week.
  8. As you close group, have each person share one big prayer that God has answered in their lives.

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Scripture Reference



Pray, Prayer