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Put into Practice:

This week the practice is to spend an extended amount of time praying. (Matthew 26:36-46)

  • Goal: The purpose is to develop a habit of praying relentlessly for something that needs to change.

  • Practical: Stretch yourself. If you typically pray for 5 minutes, pray for 10 minutes. If you're used to an hour in prayer, try 2 hours. Focus on one specific item as you pray.

  • Tips: Feel free to repeat yourself as you pray. Jesus did the same in the Garden of Gethsemane. Choose something that you deeply desire to pray about.

With a friend:

What from the lesson stuck out to you?

  • How did it feel to spend an extended time praying about one thing?

  • What prayers have you given up on? What needs to change to develop perseverance in your prayer life?

Read James 4

  • Do you trust that God wants to answer your prayers?

  • Where do you need to change to realign your desires?

  • Are you willing to listen to God's plan?

Spend 30 minutes praying together

  • Choose a mutual goal.

  • Split the time, and spend the entire time praying for your mutual goal.

Family Group:

What obstacles can shut down your motivation to keep praying for something?

  • When we lose our motivation, it's hard to persevere.

  • Perseverance requires an intense, continual desire for something.

Read James 4:1-4

  • If you don't persistently go to God, he can't bless you.

  • What is God waiting for you to ask of him?

  • You shouldn't settle with asking once. Ask again, and again, and again.

  • What can you do this week to add more perseverance to your prayers?

Close out in prayer

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