Session 3 – Talking to God: Prayer & Fasting

TALKING TO GOD: PRAYER AND FASTING

Preparation

In preparation for this week’s D-Group:
Memorize and Meditate on Matthew 6:9-13 
 
Read/Watch:
 

What is Prayer and Fasting?

Prayer is the simple act of having a conversation with God. It’s about talking with the creator of the universe: whether aloud or in our thoughts, during special or ordinary moments, when we’re on the move or before we go to bed. It’s the privilege we get as His children—a direct connection to God. No voicemail messages, no call waiting.  If we don’t take time for the Bible and prayer, we will die spiritually.  Biblical fasting is essentially giving up food (or something else) for a period of time to focus your thoughts on God. While fasting, many people read the bible, pray, or worship. Fasting is found throughout the old and new testaments of the bible over fifty times. 
 
Jacob prevailed because he was persevering and determined. His experience testifies to the power of importunate prayer. It is now that we are to learn this lesson of prevailing prayer, of unyielding faith. The greatest victories to the church of Christ or to the individual Christian, are not those that are gained by talent or education, by wealth, or the favor of men. They are those victories that are gained in the audience chamber with God, when earnest, agonizing faith lays hold upon the mighty arm of power. Prayer, 87.
 
 

Accountability (10 Minutes)

Each disciple to share one insight or lesson learned from his/her devotion in the last week.
If you could give your younger self a piece of spiritual advice, what would it be?
 
 

Bible Discussion (20 Minutes)

1. Study model prayer of Jesus commonly known as the Lord’s prayer.  Share some of the insights based on Matthew 6:9-15.
 
2.From Steps to Christ Chapter 11-The Privilege of Prayer, describe what statement impresses on you? What are the principles applicable to your prayer life?
 
3. Based on John 14:13-14, how do we learn to ask anything in God’s name for He promises us He will surely fulfill it?
 
 
 

Life Transformation (20 Minutes)

1. Share openly and specifically how your prayer life has been in the recent past. 
 
2. What are the hindrances in your life that needs to be eliminated for you to have a growing prayer life?
 
3. Do you know how to pray? Share the different methods of praying and connecting with God.
 
 

Intercessory Prayer (10 Minutes)

  1. Apply the principles of prayer
  2. Commit to praying for a specific ministry and persons in your life
  3. Develop a habit of intercessory prayer for one another
 
 
LEADERS’ TIP
  1. Use Grass on your path to remind ourselves of the regularity and necessity of a devoted prayer life.  The more one prays, the stronger he is.  For those who are married, the family that prays together stays together. Prayer is intimately and inseparable from daily time with God.
  2. Ask members for specific prayer requests and concerns and immediately during the meeting, suggest interceding for one another in prayer.  
  3. Share the importance of intercessory prayer so that they too can intercede for their friends, members, and family.
  4. Teach the mechanics of prayers like using the five fingers, ACTS, reciting of Psalms, etc.  Encourage members to form regular patterns of prayer and to find a place of solitude with God. Cultivate the habit of praying at least 10-15 minutes each day as one begins the journey of fervent prayer. It’s a golden opportunity to simply offer to pray for someone who is in need and that opens the window to share the gospel.
  5. Share with members how personal and corporate prayer has been meaningful to you. The leader can pick up the phone and call his members after their work at an appropriate time on a weekday and offer a short prayer for them over the phone. 
 
**Additional Resources
  1. Practical Pointers for Biblical Fasting
  2. Adventist Prayer Resources
  3. Five-Finger Prayers
  4. ACTS of Prayer
  5. The Lords Prayer Explained