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Bible Study: Why is prayer so important?

Date posted: 23/10/14

1. Aim of study

- To understand the importance of prayer when trying to represent Jesus to our friends.
- To help us commit to praying for our friends who are involved in sport.

2. Get ready

In a sentence, write down what you think prayer is.

Jesus’ instructions in Matthew 6:6 (‘…and pray to your Father, who is unseen’) give us a backdrop to understanding the heart of what prayer is, and it seems that it’s no more complicated than this: PRAYER IS TALKING TO GOD

In Study 7 we really get to grips with why we seem to struggle in the area of prayer so much. It seems boring, predictable and not much fun. But as the Pray, Play, Say model shows, it is hugely important. So why should we pray?

As we play our sport in a way that honours God we really want to pray for our friends to become Christians.

As we go through this study keep in mind the 3 friends who you play sport with that you jotted down in Study 1. 

Write them down again to remind yourself of them:

3. Get Set

Let’s turn our attention to Colossians 4:2-4.

‘Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it as clearly, as I should.’

The first thing to note is that your prayers are important.
 
How seriously do you think Paul takes prayer?

What word at the beginning of verse 2 does Paul use in advising how these Christians should pray?

In real life what does this look like for you?

What should this look like for you?

Paul then directs them in what they should pray for by using himself as the example.

What should we pray for here alongside the Colossian Christians (verse 3)?

Why do you think Paul uses the word ‘mystery’?

What is God’s role in prayer from this verse?

Read verse 4 again. What else does Paul encourage us to pray for?

How should this teaching effect the way you pray?

Do you see your prayers as this important? Paul says we must start with prayer when trying to represent Jesus amongst others. We must start by asking God to do his work before we can even begin to think about doing ours.

From verse 3 how much do we know about Paul’s dedication to making the good news of Jesus known?

Paul is not only interested in proclaiming the good news of Jesus, but he wants to proclaim it well. It means everything to Paul – even his life, as we know that he is in prison (chains) when writing this letter because of what he believes in.

4. Go, go, go!

Pray for your 3 friends who you are playing sport with. Write a prayer asking God for him to play his part and to help you to play your part.

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