EXTRA! Ideas for Bible Studies for Life
October 25, 2015
Game Changer: How to Impact Your World
SESSION 2: Pray Fervently
The Point: Our prayers connect us with God’s plan.
Leader Extra: Get Into the Study
Use the following information to introduce Question #1.
In May 2015, the Pew Research Center released survey results where they had studied how people keep in touch across generations. Part of their survey related to “how parents communicate with their adult children.”
The survey showed that in the U.S., the majority of people stay in touch with their adult children by way of phone calls, but people also use text messages, email, social networking, and written letters to stay connected. Here are the results:
% saying they typically communicate with their adult child/children by …
Phone – 97%
Text message – 61%
Email – 39%
Social networking – 28%
Written letter – 8%
Note that there are many ways available today for people to connect with each other.
Say: “Today we’ll explore ways for us to connect with God’s plan.”
Then discuss Question #1 on page 75 of the PSG.
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Donna McKinney has recently retired from a career with the federal government of the United States. She is a veteran Bible study group leader living in Apex, North Carolina.
Leader Extra: Study the Bible
Use the following activity during your discussion of Daniel 2:17-21.
Ask group members to anonymously write down: How often they pray, their age, and gender. Quickly calculate the percentages based on the number of people in your group. Contrast the numbers from your group to the Pew Research survey from a few years back.
Give your group a chance to respond to the research and talk about why they think the responses were given. For instance does someone with a lower income feel the need to pray more about their life situations or does someone who is older see more value in prayer than young adult?
Use this discussion to move your group to consider the urgency and importance of prayer in the life of a Christ-follower.
—Dr. Beth Masters works with college students at Mississippi College where she is the Director of Christian Life and Ministries. She has a PhD in Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, loves to bake, and drink coffee.
- If you got into trouble and could make one phone call, whose number would you dial?
- When you think of the word “prayer,” what comes to mind?
- What do you remember about your earliest experiences with prayer?
- Where is your favorite place to pray?
- When problems arise, what is your first impulse?
- Do you see humanism on the rise in the culture around you; how so?
- Where do you go for answers first? Why?
- What are some examples of spiritual problems in our world today?
- Why are we often tempted to tackle spiritual problems with worldly solutions?
- What do these verses teach us about God?
- When is it easy for you to wait; when do you get impatient?
- When have you experienced the power of prayer in a group?
- How have you experienced spiritual growth in prayer?
- When has “waiting on the Lord” helped you to grow spiritually?
- Who in your life is a positive model for correct, persistent, and expectant prayer?
- When have you encountered the power of prayer?
- What obstacles distract us from a proper method of prayer?
- Where do we look to find trustworthy information?
- How would our lives change if prayer were always our first thought?
- How can you give glory to God for the things you are currently praying about, whether the guidance is clear or not yet?
- What are the spiritual benefits of a healthy prayer life?
- How can we more fully incorporate prayer into the life of our group?
- How can we use prayer as a way to serve as witnesses for God’s glory?
Share the following with your group members as either a devotional before the group study or as a follow-up devotional: