Icebreaker: What is your favorite dish?
Purpose: The purpose of this lesson is to continue our study of how God takes us from one season to the next.
1 Kings 18:42 NLT So Ahab went to eat and drink. But Elijah climbed to the top of Mount Carmel and bowed low to the ground and prayed with his face between his knees.
So far we have learned about declaring a new season, walking into our new season, changing the story we've been telling ourself; but for any of these to bear fruit, we must pray the new season in! Every new season that we step into is ushered in through prayer. Prayer is our communication to God, but also expresses our need for God. We cannot see a new season if we continue to rely on our own strength and power. When we pray, we access God's power and allow Him to do what we cannot.
Q1- Prayer is just talking to God. How often do you talk/communicate to God?
Q2- Is prayer your steering wheel, or just your spare tire? Meaning, have you used prayer just in times of disaster, or do you use prayer to guide and direct your everyday life?
3 Insights that reveal what prayer is:
Insight #1: Prayer is always a climb
1 Kings 18:42 NLT "...But Elijah climbed to the top of Mount Carmel and bowed low to the ground and prayed with his face between his knees."
Q3- Climbing up a hill requires discipline, and is not always convenient. How can you begin to discipline your time to make prayer a greater priority in your life?
Luke 6:12 NLT One day soon afterward Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night.
Q4- Even Jesus knew that without prayer he wouldn't be prepared for the new season. What does this show you about how important prayer really is?
Insight #2: Prayer is partnering with God
Luke 18:27 KJV And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.
Luke 18:27 TLB He replied, “God can do what men can’t!”
Q5- Our part is to pray and God's part is to do the impossible. What's an area of your life that you need God to perform the impossible?
Q6- Prayer is saying "God, I can't do it without you." Is there an area of weakness, a battle you're facing, a challenge in front of you that you're trying to overcome without God?
Insight #3: Prayer is an act of humility
1 Kings 18:42 NLT "Elijah ... bowed low to the ground and prayed with his face between his knees."
Q7- The next season of our lives should cause us to cry out to God in desperation and humility. What are you desperate in this new season?
Declaration: I declare that from this moment forward, I will seek God in prayer. I will do my part so that God can do His part. I will pray to see God do this impossible in my life. I will lower myself in humility to see God raise me up!
1. Make a prayer list of what you are believing for in this next season.
2. Make a list of 5 people we are believing will be saved or impacted this Easter. (Bring list this upcoming Sunday filled out and turned in. We will send them a personal invitation for you.)