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12-30-16
8 Important Prayers from the Bible

Prayer is a subject that is, well… fraught.

Some people find it easy. Some don’t. Some pray very frequently. Some don’t.

Is there a “right” way to pray? Some say so. Is it “wrong” to pray prayers that are written down? Again, some say so.

Does God “change his mind” because we pray? And how would that work, given all the interactions of all the people in the world? Does that mean that prayers change the future in many ways? And what if it would change the future in a way harmful to someone else? Is that the reason some prayers are “answered” and others aren’t? Would it even be possible for a prayer to be answered positively for one person without other negative future consequences for someone else?

This winter’s Wednesday Bible study will examine “8 Important Prayers from the Bible.” We’ll look at each of the prayers listed below in turn, and ask a number of questions including:

·         What does the person offering the prayer think about God?

·         What does that person want God to do?

·         What might God want us to understand about Himself by having this prayer recorded in Scripture?

·         How might God want to shape the faith of people who pray like this?

·         How might it be possible for us to pray this way today?

Here are the prayers we’ll be studying and the dates for each:

·         January 4: Psalm 51

·         January 11: Psalm 139

·         January 18: Matthew 6:5-13

·         January 25: John 17:11

·         February 1: Acts 7:55-59

·         February 8: Ephesians 1:15-23

·         February 15: Ephesians 3:14-20

·         February 22: Philippians 4:6-7

The class meets on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 in a classroom off of the Family Center. I hope you’ll consider joining us.

Pax,
Pastor Tom

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