The first of the Core Values for church planters should be prayer. Prayer should precede and permeate our work. Prayer should consume a significant part of our daily lives. Without prayer we are disconnected from God – Our hearts and minds are at loose ends, doing what we think is right, instead of listening to God and doing what He says is right. Without prayer it is impossible to please God or succeed in ministry.
Following is the Scripture list for a personal or group Guided Discovery Bible Study on Prayer. I would challenge you not to just read the passages, but work through them using a simple inductive Bible study process.
Part One of the Bible Study – Write the Scripture in a journal or notebook. This will help you to familiarize yourself with each passage. This keeps the focus on Scripture. See 2 Timothy 3:14-17 (NIV)
14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Part Two – Write the passage in your own works, the same way you would explain it to someone else when you don’t have a Bible. This makes sure you understand what you have read and are prepared to share it with others. See 1 Peter 3:15-16 (NIV)
15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.
Part Three – Write “I will…” statements that are personal commitments to obey the passage though understanding it, implementing it, and sharing it with others. See Hebrews 2:1 (NIV)
1 We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.
Part Four – Write down the changes your need to make to your family, organization, small group, or church as a response to obeying this passage. This is moving from being secretly obedient to conspicuously obedient. See Joshua 1:6-8
6 “Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. 7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. w 8 Do not let this Book of the Law x depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
My hope and prayer is that you will get as much out of this study as I have over the years. I revisit this study every year, just to remind myself how to stay connected to God, experience His love, and obey His commands, and minister to the needs of others.
From Kigali, Rwanda
Reference List for Study on Prayer
1 Corinthians 12:8-10
1 John 03:21-22
1 John 05:13-17
1 Thessalonians 01:2-3
1 Thessalonians 03:10-13
1 Thessalonians 05:17
1 Timothy 02:1-3
2 Corinthians 09:13-15
2 Corinthians 12:8-10
2 Corinthians 13:7-9
2 Thessalonians 01:11-12
2 Timothy 01:3