Sunday Leftovers: Teach Us to Pray


When you are dealing with situations that you have no control over, who do you vent to? We are not made to internalize all of our fears and frustrations, but sometimes we keep things in because we do not want to burden the ones we care about. David, in the Book of Psalms, honestly cries out to the one He knows can deliver Him. He cries out to the one he knows can handle his burdens and frustrations. His faith in God’s ability and willingness to rescue him allows him (and us if we choose to) to be at peace in the midst of the storms of life.

Questions for discussion:

  • What do you think was the main point of Matt’s message?
  • When you pray, do you believe God really hears you? If not, why not?
  • Many people tend to hold back their true feelings when praying (anger, fear, frustration, etc.). When you pray, do you express your true feelings to God? If not, why not? 
  • What are some things you can do this week to improve your communication with God?

Do something about it:

If you are unsure whether God hears you, keep a prayer journal. Write down your prayer requests and then, after a while, go back and look at them again to see how God has been working in your life.

If your struggle is being open and honest with God remember that God knows what you are thinking. If He already knows what is on your heart, then sincerely expressing how you feel is one way for you to release it and allow God to take action.

Digging deeper; Psalm 130, Psalm 3, 1 John 5:14; John 4:24; Psalm 34:4; 38:15; Proverbs 24:26


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