Session 6: The foundation of prayer

Outcomes (team members will):
  • Share their own experiences with prayer, including their joys and struggles, and talk about answered and unanswered prayers.
  • Examine some of Jesus' teaching on prayer.
  • Practice using the Lord’s prayer as a prayer guide.
  • Write a commitment to the place of prayer for the upcoming mission trip.

Leader resources

Opening activity

  • Team members discuss their experiences with prayer in small groups. The following questions can be a guide:
    • How has prayer been a joy or a struggle for you?
    • Does prayer seem like something important to your daily life? Why or why not?
    • Do you have any specific examples of how God answered prayer?
  • Invite a few responses to be shared with the larger group.

Attitudes of prayer

  • Look at the following Scriptures and discuss what can be learned regarding our attitude in prayer:
    • Luke 11:5-11
    • Luke 18:1-8
  • God wants us to ask! And He wants us to keep asking!

A model of prayer (Matthew 6:5-13, NASB)

  • Set up six stations around the room, one for each section of the Lord’s prayer (See Building a Disicpling Culture, chapter 11). At each station have a large sheet of white paper with a section of the Lord’s prayer written on it. 
  • At each station, invite people to spend the first few minutes in silence, listening for what God would put in their heart related to that theme. 
  • They can feel free to express what is in their heart through spoken prayer, singing, or in a way that they find helpful.
  • After they are finished, invite them to write a few words or phrases on the paper.
  • Stations:
    • Station 1: The Father’s character
      • “Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name.” Matthew 6:9
      • Spend time praising God for who He is.
      • Write a few of the characteristics of God on the paper as you pray.
    • Station 2: The Father’s kingdom
      • “Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10
      • Spend time asking God for His will to be done especially in your team and in the place you are going.
    • Station 3: The Father’s provision
      • “Give us this day our daily bread.” Matthew 6:11
      • Take some time to lift up any personal needs that you have.
    • Station 4: The Father’s forgiveness
      • “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” Matthew 6:12
      • Confess any areas where you need forgiveness or need to extend forgiveness.
    • Station 5 : The Father’s protection
      • “Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” Matthew 6:13
      • Ask for God’s protection over your team and those to whom you will be ministering.
    • Station 6 : The Father’s proclamation
      • “For Yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever!” Matthew 6:13
      • Spend time praising God that He is bringing all things together in His perfect plan.
  • Take some time to discuss how this prayer activity went. Which station was most helpful to you in prayer? Would using the Lord’s prayer as a guide help you to pray for your team and upcoming trip?

Commitment to pray

  • God has invited us to come to Him as children and ask Him to do His work. We can do nothing apart from Him!
  • Invite team members to write out their commitment to pray for the upcoming trip.

Response

Start practicing your commitment to pray.


Preview

Next session we’ll look at culture and how to live as God’s people in a new culture.
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