DISCUSS THE DVD SEGMENT WITH YOUR GROUP, USING THE QUESTIONS BELOW.
What questions do you have after watching James’s teaching?
How would you characterize your typical experiences with prayer? What happens?
When do you feel tempted to pray in a way that’s hypocritical or insincere?
Respond to James’s statement: “The secret to prayer is prayer in secret. … Prayer by myself is the foundation of all prayer. And I would just suggest to you that it is the hardest discipline of the Christian life.”
Who among your friends and family does a good job of praying in a simple way?
What steps can you take this week to improve your experiences with personal prayer?
What steps can we take to improve our experiences with prayer as a group?
Application. Make an effort to expose yourself this week to prayers that are real, simple, worshipful, submissive, practical, repentant, and expectant. Search the Scriptures for examples of prayer, identify prayers within hymns and worship songs, or read famous prayers that have been recorded through the centuries. As you contemplate these prayers, seek to identify attributes that make them memorable and meaningful.
This week’s Scripture memory. Matthe w 6:6
When you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.