Jesus Praying in Difficulty (discussion questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message at Eastbrook Church this past weekend from John 17 entitled “Jesus Praying in Difficulty.”

Discussion Questions:

  1. This week we conclude our series on prayer from the life and teaching of Jesus. Whether you are on your own or in a small group, take time to read John 17:1-26 aloud.
  2. Jesus’ prayer in John 17 follows an extended time of teaching with the disciples. Jesus turns from interaction with His followers to interaction with His Father. How would you describe the relationship between the Father and the Son from what you see in John 17: 1-5? (You may also want to notice how many times Jesus refers to God as ‘Father’.)
  3. Looking at those same first verses, what would you say is the centerpiece of Jesus’ mission on earth?
  4. Looking at John 17: 6-11, how would you describe Jesus’ relationship with His followers? What has He done for them?
  5. There are three major requests that Jesus makes of His Father in prayer for His immediate followers. What are they and what do they mean?
  6. What sort of things do you pray for regularly and how do those things compare with what Jesus is praying for here?
  7. In John 17: 20-26, Jesus is praying for those who will come to follow Him later, like us today. What specific things does Jesus pray about for us?
  8. What does it mean to you personally to know that Jesus prayed for you?
  9. Name one specific way that Jesus’ example of prayer here might shape your approach to prayer differently. If you are in a small group, discuss this with one another. If you are on your own, write it down, reflect on it, and put it into practice this week.
  10. Pray about these things.

Next week we will begin a three-week series called “Let’s Grow.” Pray that God would speak to us together.

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