Sermon: “It Works!”
Scripture: 1 Timothy 2: 1-7
Speaker: Pastor Mick Whistler
Scripture and questions for study and reflection:
Read 1 Timothy 2:1-7.
1. According to Paul in this passage, when should we pray? Why is that?
2. Pastor Mick shared a line from an Anne of Green Gables book indicating that prayer / relying on God is often our last resort. Has this ever been your approach to prayer?
3. Drawing from Paul’s comments in verse 1, Pastor Mick discussed four types of prayers (petitions, relational/worship, intercession, thanksgiving). How do you practice these kinds of prayers on a regular basis? What other types of prayers do you offer?
4. Paul says we should pray for all people. How is that congruent with Jesus’ teaching on prayer?
5. Why do you think Paul is so emphatic that we pray for government leaders (“kings and all those in authority”)? Do you practice this type of prayer on a regular basis? How might our country / the world be different if more people embraced this concept?
6. Pastor Mick discussed how prayer can “soften” someone’s heart, even non-believers. Do you believe that? Who are some folks with hard hearts for whom you can begin praying?
7. Pastor Mick talked about the efficacy of prayer (in other words, prayer works! – See James 5:16). Do you agree? When have you seen prayer at its most efficacious (where it works best) power?
8. Paul indicates that a life of prayer is “good and pleases God our Savior” (v. 3). Why do you think this is pleasing to God? How does it affect our lives? The lives of others?
Prayer for the Week:
Almighty God, what a privilege it is to carry everything to you in prayer. Help us to remain your people who always make prayer our first inclination, not our last resort. And help us to be your people who pray for everyone, even our enemies, believing whole-heartedly that our prayers are powerful and effective. May our prayer-filled lives be good and pleasing to you, as you continue to add to our numbers daily those who are being saved. We pray this not for the sake of the institution, but for the sake of your kingdom which you desire to be filled with all people. We pray all of this, Lord Jesus, in your strong and holy name. Amen.