Icebreaker: What was your favorite Anniversary week moment/Word?
Purpose: The purpose of this lesson is to build our faith about the future God has for us.
Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” (John 4:10 NLT)
Discussion: God's plans for us are good. He desires to give us more than our hearts and minds can even imagine, but he requires us to ask for it. If we look at our own failures, our past, and our current circumstances, we may be discouraged from asking for more; but just like the Samaritan woman, God looks past our failures and invites us to ask Him for living water- ask Him for MORE!
Q1- Do you have a hard time asking God for things? Why?
Q2- Discuss for a minute the concept of "living water." How have you experienced that in your life?
Q3- What tactics does the enemy use to distract s from receiving from God?
Truth #1 - If we don't ask for more, we won't receive more.
You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. (James 4:2 NLT)
Q4- People are resources; but God is the SOURCE. Discuss how we easily mix these two up.
Q5- Talk about a time in your life when God gave you something you asked for.
Truth #2 - If we ask God for more, we will get more.
Ask and keep on asking and it will be given to you; seek and keep on seeking and you will find; knock and keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7 AMP)
Q6- Why is dependence on God necessary?
Q7- Why is persistence necessary in our prayer life?
Truth # 3- If we ask anything according to God's will, we will always receive.
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. (1 John 5:14 NKJV)
The Holy Spirit does not reveal your past; He reveals your future - Marco Garcia
Q8- The enemy always fights against our devotion time. How can we fight to keep God first in our lives?
I declare that I am a child of God. I ask Him for what I need and He answers my prayers. I declare that my ears are open to His voice, so that I can know His will. He has great things in store for my future. I am not afraid. I have the victory in Jesus name!
Write down a quick list of all the prayers (that you can remember) that God has answered in the past. Next, write a list of the things that you are desiring of Him. Spend time praying about each one, and then rejoice for what He has promised.