Hello Friends! How are y’all? I have had one of those weeks. Life is often just frustrating, this fallen world has been evident this week. It is not that anything bad has happened, it is just a little frustrations that not handled correctly evolves into a bad attitude in me. I am working on stopping and trying to handle each little frustration and lay it at the feet of Jesus instead of blowing up after I have let little things get to me.
Chapter one and two have been just what I needed! I hope y’all have enjoyed reading it as much as I have.
Please introduce yourself and pick two or three questions to comment on.
1. Paul writes, “Kim’s muteness was testimony to a silent God. Prayer, it seemed, doesn’t work.” When in your life has prayer not seemed to work? (p.14)
2. Paul writes of quiet cynicism, spiritual weariness and doubts that grow in us. Which of these do you relate most easily to? (p.14)
3. Paul writes, “Praying exposes how self-preoccupied we are and uncovers our doubts. It was easier on our faith NOT to pray.” Why is it easier on our faith not to pray? (p.15)
4. Imagine that prayer is like being on the phone with your earthly father. What is it like to talk with your heavenly father?
a. Dry (What do I say?)
b. Desperate (I’m calling because I’m really in trouble and I don’t know who else to call?)
c. Dutiful (I’m calling because it is a special day or scheduled time)
d. Drowsy (I just can’t keep my eyes open – gonna need some coffee . . . )
e. Disconnected (Hello? Is anybody there?)
f. Distracted (Uh, sorry, Dad. I gotta run . . . . . gotta get to work)
g. Distant (Do you even care what’s going on with me?)
h. Dependent (I can’t make it through the day without talking to you)
i. Delightful (Can you believe we’ve been on the phone for a whole hour already?)
1. Describe the differences between an isolated prayer life and a prayer-intwined life. (p.21)
2. After reading Paul’s examples, what good things can come out of a prayer-intertwined life? (p.21 second paragraph)
3. How does a praying life affect a busy life? (p. 23-24)
4. How does the prospect of having a vibrant, powerful praying life make you feel?
a. Anxiety (What if something – or nothing – happens?)
b. Anticipation (I can’t wait – let’s go)
c. Awe (Who me, have that kind of relationship with God?)
d. Apathy (Who cares? It’s not that important to my life.)
e. Arrogance (I don’t need God’s help-I can do life myself.)
f. Alienation (He probably won’t listen to MY prayers.)
I will offer my answers in comments, I can’t wait to hear what y’all have to say!!!!!