Week 3: More Than Conquerors
Fellowship – Snacks or a Meal. (10 minutes with snacks; longer, obviously, if there is a meal)
Gathering Time (5-10 minutes). In pairs or groups of three, have each participant answer the question, “What is the longest amount of time you’ve been alone and silent in the last few years?”
Group Dialogue (Approximately 30 minutes)
Read Romans 8:26-39
- When did you learn to pray? Who taught you?
- What exactly does it mean to pray? [My favorite definition of prayer is intentionally being present before the Lord.] What role does silence play in prayer?
- How is it comforting to know that the Spirit prays with us, intercedes for us, and empowers us to pray? [We don’t do this alone.]
- Why do you think so many people are uncomfortable praying aloud in a group? [It reveals a place of vulnerability.] How might knowing the Spirit intercedes for us give us confidence to pray aloud?
- Paul names some difficult life stresses and powerful entities in verse 35 and 38. How does the affirmation that nothing can separate us from God’s loving presence give us the confidence and boldness we need in prayer? [Side note: Verse 28 should not be read as affirming that with enough faith or saying the right prayer will make God work as we wish. It is affirming that in all circumstances, God is at work, whether we understand how or where.]
- How can this group pray for you?
Prayer (10 minutes). Share prayer requests and respond appropriately.
Sending Forth (2 minutes). Ask for a volunteer to lead the group in prayer or read the following prayer in unison:
Much like Jesus’ first disciples, we too request, “Lord, teach us to pray.” Help us lean into, stand on, and be confident in your presence, which intercedes and gives us words when words fail us. Give us the eyes to see your presence calling us to be more than we see. Give us the eyes to discern when and where your presence is calling us to be in ministry to those we encounter. Amen.