Study 3 of 13 on Discipleship
“The devil likes to make common that which should be special. In today’s religious world, we often toss “I’ll be praying for you” like a passing greeting…polite but with no real connection. And then there are the stories of prayers that almost expected to have some gigantic miracle ending….When in actuality prayer is that form of communication that opens our hearts and connects us with God…that relationship builder between the human and the Divine that allows us to better understand His Grace and helps us to better live by His mercy with those around us. The devil likes to make common the gift of the Divine…but we can choose to take it back and make it special again. Just like Jesus when He took the formulaic and taught us about “Our Father…” connected and familial…with the Divine and those around us.” –Falvo Fowler
Dan. 9:2–19; Matt. 14:22, 23;26:36; John 17:6–26; Heb. 2:17; 1 Pet. 4:7
“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.”(John 17:20,21 NKJV).
1. What is the relationship between discipleship and prayer?
2. Based on Daniel 9:1-21, in what ways are Daniel’s discipleship qualities evident in his prayer and prayer life?
3. Why do you think Jesus, the Son of God, so in need of prayer?
4. What did the disciples learn from Jesus’ prayer life that can be applied in practical ways today?
5. How can prayer enable us to work for others through our outreach projects?
6. What are the ultimate objectives of intercessory prayers?
7. How can you explain unanswered…real…prayers to young members in the church?
*Beulah A Plunkett (North England Conference) contributed to the questions in this lesson.