Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Making Space for Prayer,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church. This is the first of a three-part series, “The Art of Prayer,” looking at Jesus’ approach to the life of prayer from the Gospel of Luke. This week we looked at Luke 5:16; 6:12-13a; 9:18.
- Answer one of these two questions:
- What do you find most difficult about prayer?
- What do you find most life-giving about prayer?
- At Eastbrook we are beginning a new series called “The Art of Prayer.” We are going to look at Jesus’ life of prayer in the Gospel of Luke as a way to learn about prayer ourselves. It’s good to begin a series on prayer in prayer! Take some time, whether on your own or with others, to asking God to teach you to pray before you begin this study.
- We are looking at three short, separate passages from Luke. Do the following for each of these passages: read them out loud, identify what is happening in the context of that passage, and then identify some key aspects of Jesus’ prayer life from the passage.
- Luke 5:16
- Luke 6:12a
- Luke 9:18a
- In what ways do you think Jesus’ life of prayer is similar to our own life of prayer? In what ways is it different?
- What do you find to be the most significant lesson about prayer that you see from Jesus’ life and practice of prayer here?
- Make it real: What is one way you could put something you learned about prayer into practice in your daily life this week?
[Next week we continue this series by looking at one of Jesus’ major teachings on prayer in Luke 11:1-12. Read that passage ahead of time to prepare.]