1. This weekend, we are continuing our series “Living Church” from Acts 2:42-47 with a look at what it means to be devoted to prayer. Given that topic, what are your greatest joys and challenges in developing a life of prayer?
2. Prayer permeates the book of Acts. Although we often default into thinking of prayer as a personal activity, Acts shows the early church praying corporately most of the time. Take a look at these examples of corporate prayer in Acts and reflect on what they teach you about praying with others:
- Acts 1:13-14
- Acts 2:42
- Acts 12:5-16
- Acts 13:2-3
- Acts 14:23
- Acts 16:25
- Acts 20:36
3. Acts 4:23-31 is one of the clearest pictures of prayer in the early church. Read through Acts 4:1-31 to understand the background to prayer. What is the situation that leads the early believers into prayer?
4. Ask the following questions about Acts 4:23-31:
- What does this passage say about God?
- What does this passage say about prayer?
- What does this passage say about how we handle circumstances?
5. Since the word ‘devoted’ conveys the idea of continuous, steadfast activity, consider what it means to have steadfast, continuous devotion to prayer. What has your experience of devotion to prayer been like, either personally or corporately?
6. Identify one practical way you will devote yourself to prayer as a response to this week’s study and sermon. Write it down, reflect on it, and put it into practice this week. If you are in a small group, discuss this with one another.