Path to Spiritual Maturity Meeting #8 Recap - Prayer
Step 1: Overview
a. Go over last week’s assignment of reading an article on #4 Prayer in the Foundations Pathway, and doing an application.
b. This week’s assignment: read an article on #5 Bible Study Methods in the Foundations Pathway, and do an application.
c. Finish with time for questions/comments.
If we run out of time you can always e-mail us, or post in the discussion group. I will post those e-mail addresses and the group link at the end of our session.
Step 2: Review of #4 Prayer.
-Go over last week’s assignment of reading an article on #4 Prayer in the Foundations Pathway, and do an application.
So did you do your reading and application this week? (Yes/no) Did you find it helpful? What struck you the most from your reading this week? Was there anything that you were really challenged on that you prayed about or are doing something about?
For me, learning about prayers of confession and repentance and making them a continual part of my life has probably been the most life-changing aspect in my life in regard to prayer. Perhaps thankfulness and praise and request came more easily but being humbled and pushing myself to see my sin as God saw it to begin to allow Him to change those areas of my life was definitely not an easy process. But, I can honestly say, that it has been the most freeing and joyful aspect in my relationship with God that I can think of. The daily struggle in my sinful existence, just like my eternal salvation, does have a way of escape, a rescue from God. I had to learn that just like I was saved by faith through God’s grace in what He did on the Cross in His death, burial, and resurrection—so too my Christian life could have deliverance by daily walking in faith and depending upon His grace to forgive me and enable me to live a new life. In Christ I could have a clean conscience and peace. In Christ my daily struggles could gain victory. As I first began to learn about repentance and confession my heart was cold and full of pride. It was not until God broke through that and helped me see the magnitude of His grace, my great wickedness extending down to every aspect of me, His love, and His provision that I truly began to understand the freedom in confession and repentance. More and more over time, as I have continued to truly understand God and His grace, confessing my sin (whether in thought or deed) has become a continual part of me…as well as thanking, praising, and bringing requests.
Where are you in your prayers? Do you currently have fellowship with God? Is your sin confessed, are you turning to Him and away from your sin? Do you know and feel that you understand His grace and daily provision to have the freedom and peace that He wants you to have? Are you getting to know Him more so that your prayers are matching His stated will and desires? Is prayer a continual part of your existence? Do you set aside some time to just pray? Prayer is something we can and should always be growing in, so we all at times feel quite inadequate. However one great thing to do is to pray and ask God to give us wisdom in growing in our prayers, and in making it the part of our lives that He wants it to be amidst all of the other responsibilities and opportunities He has currently given to us.
Step 3: This week’s assignment: Begin #5 Bible Study Methods in the Foundations Pathway.
Read at least one article in the Bible Study Methods category on the Path to Spiritual Maturity (#5 Bible Study Methods under step 4) [or listen to an audio, or watch a video]. Then think about what you have read and do an application (some suggested ones are listed there). Next week we can discuss any questions that you might have had either about the article, or its application.
*blog about your reading/application
*write down any questions you might have from the reading/experience
*write out any terms that you did not understand
*spend some time praying about and thanking God for His Word that He has given us to be able to know His truths.
Step 4: Questions, comments, and interaction.
Step 5: Closing Reminders:
*This week, focus on the Bible Study Methods Step. (Keep up your Bible reading time, and as needed, focus on your motivation.)
*Go to the group page to post comments, questions, or to find a posting of what we discussed during our time together. http://users.bible.org/groups/path_spiritual_maturity_discipleship
*E-mail us as needed
Pursue Christ in all you do, and may this Path to Spiritual Maturity be a tool to help you pursue Him. That is our prayer and desire. God bless!