Small Group Lesson:
Q: Before you became a Christian, did you pray? If so, why and to what/whom?
Luke 11:1-13 Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” And he said to them, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.” And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’? I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs. And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
Jesus taught us that prayer is communication with God, he is our Father and we are his children.
Q: Do you often think of prayer more as a privilege or as an obligation? Why?
Let’s talk about our prayer habits: Q: When and how often do you pray? Where do you pray? Q: What do you often pray about?
On Sunday we learn another practical model for prayer: STAR
S - SHAZAI - apologizing for sin T - TANOMU - asking
A - ARIGATOU - giving thanks
R - REIHAI - worshiping
If you filled out the STAR handout from Sunday, and have it with you, pull it out. Q: What kind of requests did you write under “T”?
Q: What kind of things did you write under “A”?
Let’s spend time praying together as a small group. Allow a few minutes for a prayer in each of the four categories following the STAR model.